Created By: foxley on September 10, 2009

Murder By Cremation

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Do We Have This One?? I did a search on cremation and did not turn up anything likely.

A somewhat baroque means of murder, the killer shuts their victim in a coffin (knocking them out first is optional) and feeds the coffin into a crematoriun oven. This both kills the victim and disposes of the body in one fell swoop.

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  • September 11, 2009
    • Cremating alive is the standard procedure to kill "feelers" in Equilibrium. It is so disturbing that witnessing one at close range makes The Stoic Preston suffer a Heroic BSOD, though it may have also had something to do with that the burned person was his potential romantic interest.
    • At least one of Jigsaw's Death Traps in Saw movies burned the trapped person alive.
  • September 11, 2009
    • Ray Bradbury's short story "Pillar of Fire". In a future society all horror literature has been burned for reasons of mental health (a la Farenheit 451) and all corpses in graveyards are being excavated and burned for hygenic reasons. A corpse reanimates and goes on a rampage to stop the burning: he's cremated at the end of the story.
  • September 11, 2009
    • A side story of Telepathic Wanderers had the telepathic Nanase nursing an old woman who soon died. After the funeral, Nanase began hearing the old woman's thoughts and realized she wasn't actually dead, but moments away from cremation. Torn between saving the old woman and exposing herself as a telepath, she ends up leaving the woman to die. Rendered Nightmare Fuel by the fact that Nanase can hear the old woman's thoughts as she's burning to death, and made worse by the fact the poor old lady has no idea what's going on when it happens.
  • September 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    There's a famous Urban Legend that centers around this concept-A boy whose father sells coffins for a living has the habit of lying down in said coffins and popping up to scare people. Well, one day the boy climbed into a coffin but ended up falling asleep inside of it. Later on, while the boy was asleep, two delivery men came and took the coffin away since it was to be used in a funeral. I'm pretty sure you can guess what happens next...
  • September 11, 2009
    Dick Richardson
    One of the pranks in Scare Tactics would have a cremation worker "accidentally" (as in, he wasn't aware he was "alive") try to perform this trope. When the cremator and a few staff in on the joke turn it out, a severely burned actor would leap out, screaming bloody murder. Of course, that's where the prank usually ends.
  • September 12, 2009
  • September 14, 2009
  • September 14, 2009
    A subtrope of Kill It With Fire.

    Spider Man was the subject to this in a 70's story, by Vulture of all people.
  • September 14, 2009
    Should there be a supertrope for "Murder by Funeral"? Including things such as this, being Buried Alive, sealed in a tomb, etc? It's a particularly morbid way to be killed because once you die you're already buried.
  • September 15, 2009
    Got the page quote:

    [after sealing Bond in a coffin and conveying him into a crematorium's furnace]
    Mr. Wint: Very moving.
    Mr. Kidd: Heartwarming, Mr. Wint.
    Mr. Wint: A glowing tribute, Mr. Kidd.
  • September 16, 2009
    I'm told this occurs in The Punisher video game. Can anyone confirm this?
  • September 17, 2009
    I will launch this tomorrow.

    Any further examples before I do so?
  • September 17, 2009
    If the coffin is a necessary part of the trope, no, but if the goal is simply cremation as a means of murder, in Sweeney Todd, Sweeney murders Mrs. Lovett by throwing her into a working furnace.
  • September 17, 2009
    Surprised nobody's mentioned the Buffy The Vampire Slayer example yet. Season 1, episode 5, "Never Kill A Boy On The First Date." Buffy kills a particularly tough vampire by shoving it into the cremation oven; they were at a morgue because that's where he woke up.