History Film / DeathBecomesHer

5th Nov '17 8:44:56 AM 8BrickMario
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* WoundThatWillNotHeal: After Madeline and Helen drink the immortality potion, they find any wound they suffer to be like this. They technically can't 'die', but their bodies can be severely damaged, which they discover only after suffering injuries that would have normally killed them, such as Madeline suffering a broken neck and Helen having a hole blown through her stomach with a shotgun. For all intents and purposes, they're ''zombies''; their souls are bound to their bodies forever, but since their bodies are clinically dead, they no longer have the ability to heal.

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* WoundThatWillNotHeal: After Madeline and Helen drink the immortality potion, they find any wound they suffer to be like this. They technically can't 'die', but their bodies can be severely damaged, which they discover only after suffering injuries that turn them into walking corpses. Had they been more careful, they would have normally killed them, such as Madeline suffering a broken neck and Helen having a hole blown through her stomach with a shotgun.had forever-living bodies, but now they cannot die alongside them. For all intents and purposes, they're ''zombies''; their souls are bound to their bodies forever, but since their bodies are clinically dead, they no longer have the ability to heal.
1st Nov '17 4:44:45 AM Sharlee
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* GivingThemTheStrip: Ernest sheds his jacket to get loose when one of Lisle's guard dogs grabs his coattails.
29th Oct '17 4:59:30 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ShovelStrike: Helen and Madeline go at it by attacking each other with shovels.
29th Oct '17 4:49:53 AM CynicalBastardo
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%% * CameBackWrong: Type 4.

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%% * CameBackWrong: Type 4.4. Technically, Helen and Madeline die, as they are clinically dead (no pulse, cold temperature) after being shot with a shotgun and pushed down the stairs, respectively.



* ChekhovsGun: Ernest is seen trying to throw scalpels at a dartboard early in the film. He does poorly, presumably due to the years of alcoholism giving him shaky hands. Later on, after having one of his hands rejuvenated to display the powers of the potion, he throws a knife with perfect accuracy just when he needs to.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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Ernest is seen trying to throw scalpels at a dartboard early in the film. He does poorly, presumably due to the years of alcoholism giving him shaky hands. Later on, after having one of his hands rejuvenated to display the powers of the potion, he throws a knife with perfect accuracy just when he needs to.to.
** The gun cabinet in Ernest and Madeline's house is a literal example. We see an occasional shot of it throughout the film. Madeline later takes a shotgun from the cabinet and uses it to blow a hole in Helen.
26th Oct '17 6:10:05 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TorsoWithAView: Helen gets a huge hole in her stomach after Madeline blows her away with a shotgun.

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* TorsoWithAView: Helen gets a huge hole in her stomach after Madeline blows her away with a shotgun.hunting rifle.
26th Oct '17 6:09:14 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TorsoWithAView: Helen gets a huge hole in her stomach after Madeline blows her away with a shotgun.
22nd Sep '17 9:25:00 AM MackWylde
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* HumansAreBastards: Everybody is pretty much a JerkAss.


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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Easily Zemeckis' most cynical film.
27th Aug '17 11:30:57 PM mlsmithca
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** AesopAmnesia: After hearing the touching euology about "living forever" (by being remembered by your loved ones), Helen and Madeline... completely miss the point, and deride him for not having achieved "true" immortality like them.
* TheAlcoholic: In the present day, Ernest can no longer use his cosmetic surgery skills on living patients as a result. It's implied his bad marriage is to blame.

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** * AesopAmnesia: After hearing the touching euology about "living forever" (by being remembered by your loved ones), Helen and Madeline... completely miss the point, and deride him for not having achieved "true" immortality like them.
* TheAlcoholic: TheAlcoholic:
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In the present day, Ernest can no longer use his cosmetic surgery skills on living patients as a result.result of his drinking. It's implied his bad marriage is to blame.



* ArtisticLicenseBiology[=/=]ArtisticLicenseEngineering: There's some {{Squick}} if you [[FridgeLogic think about it]]. Helen no longer has a spine to hold her upright where the hole was blown in her - but she continues to move as if she does. If the writers considered this the way they did Madeline's head, it would throw off the rest of the story, so it's just better to leave it be as presented in the film.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology[=/=]ArtisticLicenseEngineering: ArtisticLicenseBiology: There's some {{Squick}} if you [[FridgeLogic think about it]]. Helen no longer has a spine to hold her upright where the hole was blown in her - but she continues to move as if she does. If the writers considered this the way they did Madeline's head, it would throw off the rest of the story, so it's just better to leave it be as presented in the film.



** "Flaccid!"

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** For Ernest: "Flaccid!"



* BettyAndVeronica: Helen (a shy, timid Betty in the beginning of the movie) is desperately afraid her fiance, Ernest, will fall for Madeline (Helen's childhood friend, a flashy actress, and a definite Veronica). Depending on how you define the roles, though, they become less distinct after the first fifteen minutes of the movie.
** [[ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} Helen becomes more like Madeline and then Madeline, too, becomes more like Madeline.]]

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* BettyAndVeronica: Helen (a shy, timid Betty in the beginning of the movie) is desperately afraid her fiance, Ernest, will fall for Madeline (Helen's childhood friend, a flashy actress, and a definite Veronica). Depending on how you define the roles, though, they become less distinct after the first fifteen minutes of the movie.
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movie. [[ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} Helen becomes more like Madeline and then Madeline, too, becomes more like Madeline.]]



* {{Bookends}}: The movie opens on Madeline's head on the cover of a playbill laying on the ground at the entrance to a theater. [[spoiler: The movie ends with Madeline's ''actual head'' on the ground at the entrance of a church.]]
** Also, whereas Madeline's ''first'' downfall was her being pushed down a flight of stairs by Ernest, her ''final'' downfall [[spoiler: was the result being pulled ''down'' with Helen on her final flight of stairs after refusing to help her as is about to tumble down said stairs first.]]

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* {{Bookends}}: {{Bookends}}:
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The movie opens on Madeline's head on the cover of a playbill laying on the ground at the entrance to a theater. [[spoiler: The movie ends with Madeline's ''actual head'' on the ground at the entrance of a church.]]
** Also, whereas Whereas Madeline's ''first'' downfall was her being pushed down a flight of stairs by Ernest, her ''final'' downfall [[spoiler: was the result of being pulled ''down'' with Helen on her final flight of stairs after refusing to help her as she is about to tumble down said stairs first.]]



* FingerPokeOfDoom: [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Maddy go down the hollllle.]]
** More like Maddy go down the ''long flight of stairs''.

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* FingerPokeOfDoom: [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Maddy go down the hollllle.]]
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]] More like Maddy go down the ''long flight of stairs''.



* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Lisle, and both Madeline and Helen to a lesser extent, fall under this trope.

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* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: ManipulativeBitch: Lisle, and both Madeline and Helen to a lesser extent, fall under this trope.



* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Robert Zemickis' take on said undead.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Robert Zemickis' Zemeckis' take on said undead.



* StealthInsult: The girls' [[SarcasmMode affectionate]] nicknames for each other, crooned as if delighted to see one another.
-->"[[CuteAndPsycho Mad]]!"
-->"[[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon Hel]]!"
** Which is also a sort of StealthPun for when they're in VitriolicBestBuds mode.

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* StealthInsult: The girls' [[SarcasmMode affectionate]] nicknames for each other, crooned as if delighted to see one another.
-->"[[CuteAndPsycho Mad]]!"
-->"[[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon Hel]]!"
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another. Which is also a sort of StealthPun for when they're in VitriolicBestBuds mode.mode.
-->'''Helen:''' [[CuteAndPsycho Mad]]!
-->'''Madeline:''' [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon Hel]]!
17th Jun '17 1:09:37 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* DeathByCameo: The doctor played by Creator/SydneyPollack apparently suffered a heart attack when trying to get a second opinion about Madeline's condition, but then realized Madeline is indeed dead, or undead.
14th Jun '17 10:41:09 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* {{Slapstick}}: This film would fall under this category due to the cartoonish nature of the AmusingInjuries Helen and Madeline received.
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