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  • The Alien series uses this as its bread-and-butter, as multiple human protagonists are subject to disturbing and/or humiliating deaths.
    • In the original film, a (non-canon) deleted scene has Ripley discover the fates of Brett and Dallas - they're being converted into Facehugger eggs. Ripley can only stare in shock as she sees Brett almost fully-converted, and Dallas with half of his body now part of the egg (and pleading in a low voice to kill him) before she incinerates them both and lays waste to what exists of the xenomorph's nest before going to escape.
    • Of course, there's the notorious chestburster scene shown on the right. (The FX department used actual innards from a butcher shop to make this realistic, and the horror shown by the cast isn't just acting; they were not told what was about to happen. Both make for an incredibly horrific and brutal death.)
    • As covered in the Nightmare Fuel section of its respective page, the lone female colonist (besides Newt) that the Marines discover underneath the atmosphere processor in Aliens. She survives until just before the Marines arrive, gets captured and impregnated, and wakes up just as the Marines arrive and tell her that everything will be alright. She then graphically dies as the chestburster rips out of her and the Marines all stare at her, then incinerate the creature (and her body) in the moments afterward.
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    • In the third film, Dillon sacrifices himself to stall the xenomorph long enough for Morse to pour the molten lead on top of it, via staying in the lead channel as Ripley climbs up and letting the creature maul him, all the while screaming for Morse to pour the ten tons of lead on top of him.
    • In Alien: Resurrection, the Newborn (the most humanlike of the xenomorphs) is killed by having Ripley use her acidic blood to open a hole in a nearby port, causing the room they're in to depressurize and start sucking the Newborn into space. Both Ripley and Call watch as the creature's insides spew out into space; it yells in pain as its intestines are sucked up through the hole, then stares pitifully before the rest of its body breaks apart and flies out soon afterwards.

  • Carrie: The original Stephen King novel has deaths that are graphic enough. But the various film adaptations are equally, if not even more gruesome:
    • The original 1976 movie saw most of the students die in one of three ways:
      • Several of the students are killed from the pressure of a fire hose, which Carrie telekinetically sprays into the gym.
      • The students who were not sprayed or survived that were horrifically electrocuted when the water makes contact with electrical wiring from the scoreboard.
      • Those students who somehow endured the electrocution were left to burn to death when the electrical wiring shorts out and causes a massive fire. Some of them are still conscious until the point where they are consumed by flames.
      • Chris and Billy are killed when their car is overturned and slams into a gas station, exploding shortly after impact.
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    • The 2002 TV adaptation shows most of the student prom goers from Thomas Ewen High School being electrocuted, enduring up to a full minute of electric shock at a dose powerful enough to kill several people before they finally pass out and some are even still semi-conscious when they burn to death in the gym. Thing was, most of the students were innocent and (unlike what Carrie saw in her view) did not laugh at the prank. Carrie's mother, Margaret, dies after her daughter literally stops her heart.
    • The 2013 movie once again features most of the students at Thomas Ewen High School being electrocuted. Tina endures a particularly horrifying shock, being whipped by electric cords and enduring a several minutes-long shock until she bursts into flames. Later, main tormenter Chris is thrown into a gas pump at a nearby convenience store before it bursts into flames, this coming after she was already badly hurt when the car she was riding in is flipped over by Carrie; the driver, Billy, is killed in the crash. Margaret endures being stabbed by several knives kept alive by her daughter before she finally dies.

  • Exaggerated in Final Destination, as most of the named characters will die. Take Dennis for example, who ends up having a wrench fly into his eyes. Or Ian, who gets bisected by a cherry picker. The list goes on and on.
    • Probably the most drawn-out and humiliating example is the schoolteacher Valerie from the first film. First her computer monitor explodes causing glass shards to rip through her neck, then she panics and stumbles through the now burning house, then a bottle of vodka explodes next to her and knocks her prone. When she reaches up for a cloth to try and stem her bleeding, it causes a knife to fall off the counter and land squarely into her chest. When the main character finally arrives to help her out, the oven explodes and knocks a chair down onto the knife, driving it further into her chest and killing her. Then finally, just to make sure, the house explodes in a fireball.

  • Harakiri: Motome is forced to gut himself with a blunt stick of bamboo.

  • The Towering Inferno: Most of those killed are consumed by fire. One particularly gruesome scene is where several people try to escape in an elevator, but the elevator stops at the 81st floor (where the entire floor is heavily involved in fire) and a fireball shoots in the car. A firefighter watches in horror as the people scream before finally being consumed by the flames and dying; one of the victims screams for several seconds before he finally succumbs.

  • Pan's Labyrinth has a man beaten with a bottle until his face is pulp, then shot. While his father watches.

  • Dying by being electrocuted next to a generator set off by a taser in Batman Returns. Hard to feel entirely sorry for Max Schreck, though.

  • In Dagon we have lots of these from people skinned alive to make ceremonial masks to hara-kiri with a pocket knife.

  • In Under Siege, Casey Ryback kills the baddie by pushing his eyes into their sockets, stabbing through the top of his head, and ramming the still-living body into a computer screen, to die of electrocution.

  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Davy Jones kills Mercer by ramming his facial tentacles down Mercer's throat. And nose. And ears.

  • Almost all the deaths from the Saw franchise are karmic and horrible.

  • Beth in the Scarecrow 2013 gets run through feet-first by a cultivator in an attempt to kill the Scarecrow when it grabs onto her legs. The killing attempt in question proves to be futile, as the Scarecrow has a Healing Factor.

  • The Scream franchise has some. Casey and Steve are both Gutted Like a Fish, Tatum's head is crushed between the garage door and the wall, Stu's head is smashed and electrocuted by a television, Officer Andrews gets his head impaled with a long metal pole, Olivia is savaged and gutted, and Perkins is stabbed right through the forehead.

  • In RoboCop (1987), criminal Emil Antonowski gets doused with toxic waste so caustic that it melts him into a semi-human shambling blob with bits of organ and bone showing. And then he gets hit by a car. And Alex Murphy's own horrific death before being rebuilt as the titular cyborg, which was a vicious two-minute long torture session at the hands of Clarence Boddicker and his men involving lots and lots and lots of bullets.

  • David's death in Shaun of the Dead. Zombies break the window he's standing against and start pulling him out and eating him, while his friends grab onto his legs to pull him back in. Needless to say, he ends up in way more pieces than he began. Yes, he was a total douche, but holy shit was that horrific.

  • The Movie version of Silent Hill has Anna skinned alive and Christabella given what can only be described as a barbed-wire enema. Christabella is then ripped in half head-to-toe whilst Demon!Alessa dances in the ensuing shower of blood. Then there's poor Cybil getting roasted alive, which the movie showed in almost gleeful detail.

  • The Sleepaway Camp series has a number of Karmic Death examples, and some outright monstrous ends to people.
    • The outhouse drowning in Unhappy Campers.
    • A reporter in Teenage Wasteland with a closet drug addiction asks Angela for acid and is given literal acid.
    • The deep fryer death in part 1.

  • A security guard in Mimic has his face boiled off by some sort of acidic spray from the Judas breed.

  • In the movie What a Way to Go!, four different men (played by Dick Van Dyke, Robert Mitchum, Paul Newman, and Gene Kelly) each suffer this type of death after becoming romantically entangled with Shirley MacLaine's character. (In order: Literally works himself to death, kicked by a bull so hard he almost achieves orbit, gets painted to death by his own brush-wielding robotic art-display, and trampled by a horde of his own groupies.)

  • In The Mummy Trilogy:
    • As part of his punishment for murdering Pharaoh Seti I, Imhotep is buried alive in a sarcophagus filled with flesh-eating scarab beetles.
    • Toward the end of The Mummy (1999), Beni Gabor, a Dirty Coward who had spent the movie betraying everyone, faces a slow death by dehydration and starvation after being trapped in Hamunaptra's treasure chamber. That's bad enough, especially given that the single torch he has is going out. Cue the flesh-eating scarab beetles...
    • Some hired locals were sprayed with acid when they pry open a pass in the tomb and trigger a booby trap.
    • The fat guy apparently gets eaten from inside by the scarabs.
    • Everybody unlucky enough to be in the vicinity of the chest (that held the Book of the Dead) when it is opened - they get their flesh sucked away by Imhotep.
    • Some of Imhotep's mooks get drowned in tar.
    • The priests who helped Imhotep in the prologue are mummified alive.
    • Anck-Su-Namun in the second movie abandons Imhotep, unwilling to risk her own life to save him. As she is fleeing, she stumbles and falls into a swarm of scorpions (and possibly the flesh-eating scarab beetles). The scorpions/beetles crawl all over and inside her, choking her dying screams.

  • The main character's sister in Mirrors died by having her jaws ripped open by the mirror demon — this results in a double dose of gore as we see both her reflection breaking its own jaws and the real person seemingly having her mouth torn in half by invisible hands.

  • Indiana Jones villains always die this way.

  • In Beerfest, Landfill One drowns in a gigantic vat of beer.
    • Wouldn't it be the way he'd want to go?

  • The most horrific death from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is that of Mrs. Lovett, who Sweeney throws into her own oven to be burned alive.

  • In Kick-Ass, a criminal is being interrogated by other maffiosi at a lumbermill, and gets put into a gigantic microwave (used for drying off the lumber that comes in from the log flumes) and basically becomes the Incredible Exploding Man.

  • Total Recall (1990): Evil Overlord Vilos Cohagen gets tossed out onto the surface of Mars without a pressure suit. The results are... creatively gruesome.
    • Hey Benny! SCREW YOU!
    • Oh that poor, poor human shield...

  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the elimination of Judge Doom in a vat of Dip is horrible. Actually, anyone who gets it via the Dip is going out ugly.

  • In Conan the Barbarian (1982), Thorgrimm, one of Thulsa Doom's two Dragons, is impaled through the chest by a spike about the size of your average birch tree in a nasty trap set up by Conan.

  • In Cube, Alderson (who serves no real purpose in the film other than serving as a Decoy Protagonist), enters a red-lit room from an adjacent one. When he takes a few steps, a loud sound is heard, and for a while, he just stands erect and in place. He then collapses into a loose pile of bloody chunks that fall to the floor. It is only then the audience sees a razor-wire trellis silently folding up and realise how he has been killed.

  • In the film version of Resident Evil this happens to the leader of the commando team (One) in a laser-armed corridor. The lasers cut through their flesh like butter, and One ends up getting cut into small pieces when the Red Queen transforms the avoidable laser beam into an unavoidable laser grid.

  • The Cell also has a variant in the killer's mind-world where a horse is sliced into many sections- and is still alive.

  • Thir13en Ghosts has one where a man is sliced in half front-to-back by a glass partition springing up in the creepy house. Another victim is crushed between two panes.
    • Some of the ghosts have this as part of their backstory. The Torso was a mobster who was chopped to pieces and wrapped in plastic foil to be dumped, the Torn Prince died in a car accident that, if his ghost's appearance is anything to go by, flayed off most of the skin on his right side, and the Hammer was a blacksmith that appears to have been lynched by having railroad spikes driven into his skin.

  • Most of the deaths in the Wishmaster movies, where the term Jerkass Genie doesn't even begin to cover it.

  • During the course of titular character's Roaring Rampage of Revenge in The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Phibes kills one of his victims by crushing his skull to paste with a vice hidden in a paper-mache mask.
    • Phibes, its sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again, and the very similar Theatre of Blood are alllll about this trope.

  • The dance scene at the opening of Ghost Ship. That entire crowd all killed by one wire slicing through them all?! OUCH!!!

  • What happens to Captain Amazing in Mystery Men is nothing less than horrifying. It's even pointed out in the film that the weapon that kills him is fueled by fear.
    • That's how Casanova Frankenstein dies, while slowly falling and falling to pieces...

  • The infamous wood-chipper murder in Fargo. Possibly just an honourable mention, since the real murder was done via a comparably ordinary axe attack, but it's still quite a sight to see.

  • The Hitcher: Nash's horrific death by being tied between a Mack truck and its trailer and then ripped in half by the completely psycho title character.

  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Bumblebee grabs Ravage (a cyber-puma-ish-thing) by the tail - and then uses a motion akin to wringing out a washcloth to unceremoniously yank some kind of Transformer equivalent of a skeleton out.
    • "GIVE ME YOUR FACE!" Probably the most vicious thing an Optimus Prime has ever done in the history of the franchise.

  • The death of Bonnie and Clyde is a bit tame by modern standards, but for the time (1967), the sight of the cops pouring boxes of bullets into Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway... in slow-motion, no less... was considered horrifying and nightmare-inducing.
    • Truth in Television! They really did die that way. Legend says they were so full of holes that the undertaker couldn't preserve them properly because his chemicals just leaked out like a sieve. Bonnie was so shot full of holes that one of her hands was severed.
    • Strenuous objection came from the the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade for the details and especially for the slo-mo, which seemed to eroticize the couple's gruesome death. Film historians say one of the reasons such deaths are routine in media today is that this picture set a new standard.

  • The shower scene in Scarface (1983), when they hack up Tony's friend Angel with a chainsaw... and they make Tony watch. Most of the "action" is off-screen, but the seeing the sprays of blood and watching Angel's face start shaking violently lets you know exactly what's going on.

  • Barry Convex in Videodrome. It is impossible to describe what happens to him if you haven't seen the movie.

  • Viva Villa!: Pancho Villa really really does not like traitorous General Pascal. So when he captures Pascal, he has him covered in honey and eaten alive by ants.

  • Blade Runner: Replicant Roy Batty shoves his thumbs into his creator, Tyrell's eyes and brain after he admits that he doesn't know how to extend his lifespan.

  • The Black Cat: Bela Lugosi flaying Boris Karloff bit by bit. Given the era, it's done by Shadow Discretion Shot, but some critics of the time still found it grisly.

  • Troll 2 for all its poor production values still manages a disturbing death scene when a young woman is forced(?) to drink a potion that turns her into vegetable goop from the inside out.

  • A simple gunshot wound may not be a particularly cruel and unusual way to go... but in the case of Mr. Orange from Reservoir Dogs we may need to make an exception. He begs to be taken to the hospital only to be left on the cold floor for hours, slowly bleeding from a gunshot wound to the stomach. It's made worse for him by Mr. White actually lampshading how painful it is, although that's also darkly funny.

  • Blade had its fair share; the aristocratic vampire when exposed to sunlight and ordinary vampires when injected with EDTA.
    • Pearl was slowly burned to death with an UV lamp.

  • Cloverfield and the death of Marlena Diamond. After getting bitten by one of the sewer parasites, Marlena's condition slowly deteriorates until finally she's bleeding from the eyes and complaining that she "didn't feel so good". Her actual death occurs off screen and is only seen in silhouette so the exact details are left to the viewer's imagination, but anything that causes your abdomen to swell until it pops like a zit can't be a good thing.

  • In Smokin' Aces, Jeeves Tremor (played by Kevin Durand) falls ass-first onto his own chainsaw.

  • In 2001 Maniacs, one of the main characters gets bent over a table and run through from ass to mouth with a giant skewer, while the rest of the townspeople look on approvingly. Lin Shaye's character, Granny Boone then licks the gore off the end of the skewer that's sticking out of his mouth.

  • The Green Mile: Eduard Delacroix's botched execution. See details in Literature.

  • American History X: The curb-stomping scene, in which the victim is forced to put his mouth on a curb and then stomped on the head.

  • Jet Li kills the Big Bad in Kiss of the Dragon by sticking a needle into a specific point in the back of his neck. Said needle is part of the Dangerous Forbidden Technique that gives the movie its name, which paralyzes him as Jet Li explains that once he takes out the needle, all the blood in the Big Bad's body will go directly to his head causing him to die of a painful aneurysm as blood leaks from every orifice in his head. Jet Li then proceeds to take the needle out...

  • What Li does to the Big Bad in Cradle 2 the Grave — shoving a mini-WMD down his throat then breaks the seal so the guy is vaporized from the inside out — isn't very pleasant either.

  • James Bond villains sometimes get this, as well as some other characters.
    • Dr. No drowns in the cooling pool of his nuclear reactor.
    • In Goldfinger, Jill Masterson is murdered by being covered in gold-coloured paint.
    • In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a mook falls into a large snowblower and gets cut to pieces by it ("He had lots of guts!").
    • In Diamonds Are Forever, a fake Blofeld drowns in a pool of superheated mud.
    • In Live and Let Die, Mr. Big explodes after swallowing a compressed air pellet. The viciousness is completely undermined by the Narm.
    • Licence to Kill:
      • Dario tries to drop Bond into a massive rock crusher being used to pulverize cocaine: naturally, he ends up falling in himself, feet first, hanging on for a few moments before evaporating into a cloud of red. (Ignore the fact that what with all the powdered cocaine flying up into the air, everyone in the room should probably be dead of a cocaine overdose.)
      • Milton Krest is is framed by Bond as a traitor to his boss (Franz Sanchez). He gets thrown into a decompression chamber and killed through Explosive Decompression. We actually see his face distort before exploding. And he was killed for the wrong reasons too.
      • Bond set a gasoline-soaked Sanchez on fire ...with Felix's lighter. He hobbled around for a couple of seconds, then the tanker truck wreck he had just survived blew up, killing him.
    • In GoldenEye, Xenia is pulled off by a helicopter shot down by Bond, and dies asphyxiated against a tree. Later, Janus falls dozens of metres down an antenna cradle... only to be, while already more dead than alive, crushed by it moments later.
    • In Tomorrow Never Dies, a mook falls into a newspaper press, and the main villain is skewered by a drill missile.
    • In Die Another Day, villain Gustav Graves is electrocuted before getting sucked by an airplane jet. One of his Mooks is killed by a Frickin' Laser Beam burrowing into his head.
    • In Casino Royale (2006), a bomber takes too long to notice Bond attached his detonator to his belt... (worst part: Bond smiles after the guy blows up)
    • Quantum of Solace has Agent Strawberry Fields drowned in crude oil.

  • Enemy Mine has a PG-rated death involving a rock crusher.

  • The common Western movie line is to always save the last bullet for yourself, because the "Injuns" supposedly had a number of unpleasant ways to kill you, like dragging you behind a horse until you died, or burying you up to your neck next to an ant hill, cutting your face and putting honey in the wound, and worse.
    • And in real life, some tribes left people hideously mutilated, but alive, where they would be found and finished off by their own people.

  • The Last of the Mohicans: Col. Munro's heart is cut out by Magua.
    • What Magua has sworn to do:
    Magua: When the Grey Hair is dead, Magua will eat his heart. Before he dies, Magua will put his children under the knife, so the Grey Hair will know his seed is wiped out forever.
    Magua: Grey Hair, before you die, know that I will put under the knife your children, so that I may wipe your seed from the earth forever.

  • The Naked Gun: Frank Drebin of Police Squad dreams of dying this way.
    Frank Drebin: A parachute not opening... that's a way to die. Getting caught in the gears of a combine... having your nuts bit off by a Laplander, that's the way I wanna go!

  • There is one particularly nasty death in Ghost in the Machine which involves a middle-aged man microwaving some popcorn. The serial killer is somehow in the electrical circuit and starts a fire. When the man returns his face starts to bubble like the popcorn in the microwave. Then to make his death seem more pathetic he slips and hits his head on the kitchen bench. If you're after a night of good old fashioned Gorn, I would recommend this classic.

  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi: In the belly of the Sarlacc, you will find a new definition of suffering, being "slowly digested over a thousand years".
    • In The Last Jedi, Supreme Leader Snoke gets skewered by a lightsaber which is then pulled through his torso with the Force, completely bisecting him, and removing one of his hands. In the same scene, a nameless Praetorian guard is pushed into some sort of electrical field that essentially turns his/her body into CONFETTI.

  • In Black Death, Knight Templar Ulric suffers a horrific fate, being torn limb-from-limb by horses.

  • In Men Behind the Sun, about the infamous Unit 731 from World War II era Japan, a nameless maruta is locked into an airtight chamber, and the air is pumped out. First his ears bleed... then his colon decides to make a break for freedom...

  • One unlucky enemy soldier in The Beast is forced to lie down in front of a tank, and is then slowly run over feet-first.

  • Robert getting hit with a cherry bomb in the face in Mystery Team.
  • Gladiator: Commodus has the protagonist's wife and little boy crucified after taking the imperial throne.

  • The Hatchet trilogy is filled with these. A few of the many examples:
    • Hatchet
      • Jim's torso is cut-in-half at a 45-degree angle through his right shoulder.
      • A few seconds later Victor catches a fleeing Shannon puts his hands in her mouth and pulls the top of her head back. Only a few strands of skin and muscle keep it from falling off.
      • Jenna's lips and the front of her jaw are destroyed by a belt sander. She is then impaled on the wooden handle of a shovel after crawling around in agony for a bit. Said shovel was planted in the ground to decapitate another member of her group, Shawn, a minute earlier.
      • Misty is killed off-screen and her head and torso are used as projectiles to hit Ben.
      • Marcus has his arms ripped out of their sockets and is picked up by the ankles and swung like a baseball bat; his head strikes the side of a mausoleum splattering his blood and brain onto a nearby tombstone. Said kill is actually a call-back to Jason's sleeping bag kill from Friday The 13th
    • Hatchet II
      • Cracker Jack's head pops off from being strangled with his own intestines.
      • Chad gets his faced bashed-in with a hatchet. What makes this cruel is that Victor delivers the blows using the TOP of the weapon. You know, the dull non-bladed part.
      • Cletus gets his face shoved into a boat propeller. Despite his skull resembling a crater one of his eyes is still intact though it is hanging by the retina.
      • Uncle Bob is locked in the house by the traitorous Rev. Zombie and torn apart. Viewers are shown the outside of the shack as blood paints the walls.
      • Rev. Zombie is cut into two with 10 blows to his side by Victor's hatchet after (foolishly) deciding to take him head-on (his lower half folds like a chair). His exposed spine is used to pull him out of his skin before his torso is tossed into some nearby bushes.
    • Hatchet III
      • Dougherty gets pulled through a hole that isn't big enough to accommodate her. The results are not pretty.
      • One cop takes multiple hatchet blows to the back before getting gorilla-pressed and torn in half. This kill resembles one of Sub-Zero's fatalities from Mortal Kombat 3.
      • Deputy Schneiderman takes a flaming board to the back which cripples him. THEN he gets his left arm slowing ripped out of the socket followed by the right one. Then he gets his face shoved into the mud and since he doesn't have any arms to push himself up he "drowns"

  • The sacrificial victim in the original The Wicker Man (1973), burned alive in the titular wicker figure. Ouch.

  • Mr. Dietrichson (Nirdlinger)'s death by neck-breaking in Double Indemnity isn't shown on-screen, but the sounds are definitely nightmare and nausea-inducing.

  • The Halloween series is full of these, such as being impaled on a light fixture, shredded by a tractor harrow, and having one's head exploded by a fuse box.

  • A low-budget film called The Devil's Bedroom is a nasty story about two brothers. Norm (Dick Jones) covets brother Jim's (John Lupton) oil-rich land.note  When Jim won't sell, Norm and his wife Della (Valerie Allen) conspire to have Jim committed to an insane asylum, but he escapes. The accidental deaths of Norm and Della are blamed on Jim because Jim is a Loner and everybody knows that Loners Are Freaks. (Because Jim has always declared he will never marry, there's Mistaken for Gay in it, too). The townspeople come after Jim with Torches and Pitchforks and the whole gruesome spectacle ends with Jim being set on fire and burning to death. Every bit of it on camera.

  • Sick Nurses is rife with these, sometimes reaching Crosses the Line Twice and Refuge in Audacity status. Vengeful spirit Tawaan comes up with some spectacularly gruesome methods of murder:
    • Ae has her own handbag sewn onto her head and neck in such a way that, when fellow nurse Nook tries to help by undoing the stitches, it causes her head to fall off.
    • Orn has all of her limbs brutally removed with a surgical saw... while she's still alive. What makes it worse is that her twin sister, Am, is the one who has been supernaturally forced to do it, and Orn herself has been possessed into helping with the mutilation.
    • Then there's Jo, who suffers the most well-known death in the film (thanks in part to the trailer), played with an equal amount of horror and very, very Black Comedy. First, Tawaan compels her to violently force-feed herself a handful of razor blades, removing her lower jaw. Then her damaged tongue falls to the floor, which Jo's abused kitten proceeds to devour. To top it all off, Tawaan knocks over a jar containing a preserved foetus, which lodges itself in Jo's throat, cutting off her air supply.

  • Se7en built its house on this trope. Imagine force-feeding a guy to death. The thing with the strap-on is so bad we don't even see the body.

  • In the film version of Doom, Duke, one of the most likeable and sympathetic characters in the film, gets the most brutal and horrible death out of the entire cast. In the middle of a firefight, an Imp grabs his feet and pulls him through the metal grate he was unlucky enough to be standing on, shredding him.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street series revel in this, taking full advantage of its dream world killzone to make some of the most ludicrous and creative deaths in cinema history, and then upping the ante by having the victim's actual body reacting to the death in a (usually) more realistic manner. Some particularly fun examples include:

  • Though it was a dream sequence, Sarah Connor's vision of death by nuclear annihilation in Terminator 2: Judgment Day is pretty bad. Director James Cameron said several experts commented that what was depicted was Truth in Television, something he'd really rather not have known.

  • It may have been on screen for just a brief one, maybe two seconds, but Jack Harmon's death in Mission: Impossible counts as he ended up getting impaled through the eye into a jagged piece of metal, after losing control of the elevator he was sitting on top of.

  • In 28 Weeks Later, infected Don kills his own wife in horrific fashion. First, he repeatedly punches her in the head, then rips out some of her throat with his teeth, before finally gouging out her eyes with his thumbs. Throughout the entire ordeal, she is strapped down, therefore she can only lie there and suffer. Adding insult to injury, her bloody body is later incinerated in a firebombing.

  • Deep Rising:
    • The monster of the movie kills its victims by swallowing them whole to be digested alive and slowly. As bad as this is, this does not beat what happens to Billy. He gets swallowed, but his comrades manage to "save him", only to watch with horror as he reveals himself to be half-digested but still alive. He lives long enough to call out to the characters and drops dead.
    • At the beginning of the movie when the monster first attacks the ship, one of the passengers hides in a restroom only to be sucked into a toilet by one of the creatures.

  • Caligula - not surprising, given the title character was so mad and cruel he became an archetype - has a few, such as a man being stabbed in the stomach after being forced to drink much wine. The IMDB parental guide might help (one example, involving a baby's head being crushed, is even marked "UNRATED VERY BLOODY DISTURBING").

  • Death Proof is a bit far even by Tarantino's standards. Stuntman Mike kills his first victim by driving recklessly enough that she is essentially beaten to death by the car's interior - only he has a safety belt. He then proceeds to ram his own "death proof" car headlong at high speeds into an oncoming vehicle, ripping the leg of one of the passengers and grinding the face off another. Ugh.

  • Mindhunters: If being sprayed form the feet up with liquid nitrogen until you fall over or finding out the hard way that your smokes have laced with Hollywood Acid don't fit this trope, nothing does,

  • The Big Bad in Iron Sky is killed by Renate sticking one of her Combat Stilettos through his forehead. He flails around a little, trying to get at the shoe, and falls dead. Oh, and this is after she tricks him into getting electrocuted by performing a Nazi salute under a broken light.

  • All over the place in Law Abiding Citizen. Considering the guy has 10 years to plan his revenge, and he is revealed to be a government-trained expert at killing people remotely, many of the deaths are pretty gruesome. He starts with giving the accomplice to his family's killer a very painful death by replacing the chemicals for the (normally painless) lethal injection. He then abducts the killer and graphically dismembers him, with a camera recording every second. The rest of the murders are quicker but still quite sudden and unusual. While in prison, he stabs his cellmate with a t-bone from a steak. The judge gets her head blown off with a mini-bomb in her cell phone. Most of the legal staff gets served with car bombs, exploding one after another (with the protagonist's assistant watching and preparing for her own car to go up). The protagonist's boss is killed by a remote-controlled drone.

  • Several types of people in Push can kill in painful ways. Bleeders emit ear-splitting screams capable of shattering glass and tearing flesh. Do it long enough, and the target dies. A Stitch has Healing Hands... which can also reverse the effect for a very slow and painful death. Movers can throw people and objects with deadly force with Mind over Matter. At least a few characters get impaled with bamboo sticks by a Mover.

  • The Nigerian crime boss in District 9 gets first impaled through the head with a metal bar, then said bar gets electrified, and his head asplodes. On the other hand, the mercenary Koobus Venter survives everything in the film, only to be ripped apart and eaten in the end by a pack of angry Prawns.

  • Star Trek:
    What we got didn't live long. Fortunately.
    • In Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg Queen is killed by Data dragging her into a cloud of plasma coolant engulfing main engineering, liquifying her organic components as she screams in agony. Even that is not enough, however. After Picard uses the ventilation system to clear out the gas, her robotic brain is still helplessly writhing on the floor. Picard snaps her in two to finally kill her, at which point it's a mercy.
    • In Star Trek: Insurrection, there's the infamous death of Admiral Dougherty, where a Son'a face-stretcher device... well, it's described elsewhere on this wiki as "being suffocated/strangled with your own face"... note 
    • Star Trek Into Darkness has Khan smushing Admiral Marcus's head with his bare hands. Slowly.

  • Pei Hong is executed by being beaten to death in Legend of the Black Scorpion. All the more cruel and unusual for the fact that he invented the method.

  • In Man of Steel, when Kryptonians attack normal human beings, you can expect a lot of deaths that come close to this, but the one that passes firmly into this trope is the poor fighter pilot who is reduced to a thick red mist by his attacker.

  • Saving Private Ryan: Of all the characters who die in the film, poor Pvt. Mellish probably gets the worst one. Forced into close combat with a German Mook, he pulls a knife only for the German to take it out of his hand and pin him down. The German overpowers him and slowly sinks the knife into his chest, mockingly telling him to stop resisting and let him get it over with. The guy who tries to set the sticky-bomb on the tank only for it to blow up before he can finish also is a good candidate.
    • Another very disturbing death occurs during the D-Day invasion sequence at the beginning of the movie when the audience sees a soldier lying on the beach with his innards spilled out on the ground, screaming for his mother. Extra gut-wrenching horror points because things like that really do happen in war.
    • Technician Irwin Wade gets shot in the torso, and the wound is bad enough that he can feel his own liver. The worst part is that he's a medic, so he knows all too well that he's totally screwed. He eventually asks his comrades to give him an overdose of morphine to spare him further agony.

  • When Bryan finally catches up to the kidnapper who took his daughter in Taken, he straps him up to a homemade electric chair which is rigged to shock him whenever he flips the light switch in the room on. After he tortures his daughter's location out of him, Bryan flips the switch to on and then leaves the room as the man screams. The uncensored version took it even further by having the conductor be iron spikes driven into the kidnapper's legs.

  • The Anaconda's killing method is downright horrific; Reptiles Are Abhorrent is certainly at play here. Dying at its hands according to one expert involves being constricted by the snake's coils so hard that eventually your bones break and your veins burst. That's if you're lucky. You might also survive, only to be Eaten Alive afterwards, to be slowly digested or spit out again.

  • Lots of these occur in Starship Troopers. Death by Bug is not pretty, and it generally involves lots of disembowelment and dismemberment. Or acid attacks. Or having one's brain sucked out.

  • For a series that is mostly PG-13, the X-Men Film Series is loaded with these. Examples include:
    • X-Men has Senator Kelly literally dissolve into a puddle of water and then die after being exposed to Magneto's mutant making machine.
    • X2: X-Men United has Magneto ripping the iron out of a corrupt security guard's blood so he can fashion his escapee from prison. Note that he is also smiling as he does this.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand has Charles being literally disintegrated by Jean/Pheonix. You can even seen the flesh on his knuckles slowly fly off as he's being killed.
    • X-Men: First Class has Magneto shove a coin very slowly through Sebastian Shaw's head as the latter is completely helpless to do anything about it. Plus Charles, the one holding Shaw back, is feeling everything Shaw is.
    • The Wolverine has victims who get killed Viper (at one point, she lashes her tongue at a random Yakuza member and his skin immediately starts to have boils and dissolving as his eyes turn white) while in the unrated cut, Wolverine feeds a Ninja into a chipper shredder Fargo-style.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past might take the cake, though thanks to the Sentinels and how the gleefully kill off any mutant by simply adapting to whatever their power is and flying it back in their face. Hell, half of that film's Nightmare Fuel page is devoted to it!
    • Parodied, like many things, in Deadpool. At one moment when Wade gets his hands on Smith, he pushes the camera way so that the audience doesn't see what kind of torture he's inflicting on the guy. But we do hear Smith's screams and they ain't pretty.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse has many examples involving the the titular antagonist and his four horsemen. From the beginning in which we see his henchmen kill people by ways of melting their skin off, setting them on fire and even mashing them into balls of flesh and bone to swallowing people into the ground and that's not even going into the wide spread destruction that he delivers onto Cairo.

  • The infamous Guinea Pig films are nothing but this trope. The second film was so graphic, it was accused of being an actual Snuff Film

  • Godzilla dispatching the Mutos in Godzilla (2014); the flying one gets impaled on a broken building, while the larger female dies when Godzilla forces her mouth open and fires his atomic breath down her throat before ripping her head off for good measure.
    • The Winged Muto's death in the novelization is far worse. Godzilla basically bites off his wing and tears it off before running him into a building, impaling him. Also, if you look closely, you'll notice that one of his legs are falling off.

  • In The Missing, farmhand Brake is tied up inside a pouch made of fresh cow hides and then hung on top of a bonfire. The heat causes the hide to shrink and break his bones, and eventually cooks him alive. On the book version, it was another character that suffered this fate, with the added bonus of having been repeatedly dragged on top of cacti beforehand so he wouldn't struggle too much. Apparently this was a form of ritualistic killing practiced by the villain, an evil indian witchdoctor.

  • The Jurassic Park franchise has these aplenty, given that most of them involve being devoured by prehistoric reptiles.
    • Jurassic Park:
      • Gennaro, the slimy and cowardly lawyer from the first film, dies when the Tyrannousaurus knocks over the outhouse toilet he'd taken refuge in, bites him right off the seat he's cowering on, and shakes him around like a terrier with a rat. An offhand comment made by Dr. Sattler implies that the whole affair left him Half the Man He Used to Be. What it lacks in the sheer brutality of Zara's death, it more than makes up for in sheer humiliation value - he'll be the butt of every joke in the next life, that's for sure.
    • The Lost World: Jurassic Park:
      • Eddie Carr is torn in half by two T. rexes. It's shorter than Zara's death, but it rivals hers in sheer horribleness and was the undisputed king of this trope in the franchise prior to it. It is, however, utterly tame when compared to his horrific death in the novel, where he is dragged through the forest by a pack of raptors while they fight over him, tearing him to pieces in the process.
      • Peter Ludlow's death. His pure terror as he realizes he's trapped in the hold with the buck T. rex and his pitiful litany of "Wait, wait...!" just might make him one of the most Unintentionally Sympathetic villains ever. The scream he gives when Daddy cripples him for his baby to eat is painful to listen to, as well. Dodgson, the villain who gets this death in the novel version has it even worse: torn apart by several baby tyrannsaurs, one of them tearing off and swallowing his cheek while he's still alive (though he was also the biggest monster in the franchise).
    • Jurassic Park III:
      • Nash's death. He's the last to dive into the suspended plane, and the Spinosaurus plucks him out by the leg, injuring it too badly for him to run away. He tries crawling away, but he doesn't get far; the Spinosaurus pins him down and rips in him two.
      • Udesky has his leg broken by raptors and is left in agony before getting his neck snapped.
    • Jurassic World:
      • Ellis, the Paddock 11 worker who gets eaten first. It goes by pretty quickly, but he's seen held in the jaws of the I. rex, still alive, while she rips his limbs off like chicken legs.
      • Nick, the Paddock 11 supervisor. The actual death isn't terribly disturbing (just violent), but certain things make his demise uncomfortable to watch. He's granted a pretty big Hope Spot by escaping from the paddock... only to have the Indominus rex go right for his hiding spot a few moments later. Not only does he cry before he dies, he has a good long moment to sit there and realize just how truly screwed he is before I. rex finally bites down.
      • Hamada. Picked up and thrown to the floor by the I. rex during the ACU's pitifully one-sided fight against her, he lands in the river, where he he almost drowns. He surfaces, takes a huge gulp of life-giving air... and then I. rex steps on him, forcing him back underwater and crushing him. Brutal!
      • All of the Apatosaurus who get grotesquely maimed by the Indominus Rex and left to bleed to death.
      • Simon Masrani, the owner of the titular park, dies along with a pair of ACU troopers, and boy howdy are their deaths brutal. Both ACU troopers are killed when the Pteranodons stab them with their beaks and Masrani, with a look of shock and horror on his face, loses control of his helicopter before crashing into the pterosaur aviary. The helicopter explodes and bursts into flames on impact, erasing any possibility that Masrani could have survived.
      • Zara's death stands out; first, she's picked up by a Pteranodon, then dropped, then snatched out of the air by another Pteranodon, who then drops her into the Mosasaurus tank. As she struggles to get to the surface, a third Pteranodon swoops in and tries to drown her before both are Eaten Alive by the Mosasaurus.
      • Echo the raptor dies when the I. rex flings her through a shop window and bashes her into a gas oven, where she is promptly engulfed in flames.
    • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: J. A. Bayona is more of a horror director, and it ''showed'.
      • Ken Wheatley is the first to be killed by the Indoraptor, which rips off his arm after Playing Possum, roars in his face to give him enough time to realize how screwed he is, and then eats him alive slowly. Any of the Indoraptor's victims likely count as well.
      • The death of Eli Mills may be even worse than Zara's. It's made worse by the buildup to it; as he approaches the Indominus DNA sample, compies and the Carnotaurus begin to approach him...and then Rexy snatches him up and begins tearing him to pieces as the other carnivores begin to join in.

  • This seems to be reserved for the decoy final girl (or boy) of any film that Eli Roth makes:
    • Cabin Fever had sweet-and-innocent Karen be one of the first to get infected with a deadly virus. While the others were killed very shortly after contracting the virus, Karen was quarantined from the others and actually suffered to the point that her face deteriorated. She was eventually given a mercy kill by Paul, her love interest, late in the movie after he found a dog munching on her... while she was still alive.
    • Josh in Hostel was basically the designated final boy of the film, but he suffered a rather cruel death at the hands of his torturer who dreamed of being a surgeon. Both of Josh's Achilles tendons were slashed before he was finished off by his torturer as he attempted to crawl away. His corpse would be later seen being operated on.
    • Virginal and naïve Lorna didn't fare much better in Hostel: Part II. After being captured by the society, we see her being sliced up with a scythe over a female client with a blood-bath fetish.
    • While he wasn't so much an designated final boy as he was an all-around nice guy, poor Jonah seemed to get it the worst of anybody in The Green Inferno. He was literally torn to pieces by a cannibalistic tribe and ate up. Very little is left to the imagination here.
      • Also seems to be the fate of Eli Roth's character whenever he's in a horror film, at least when Piranha 3D and Aftershock are taken into consideration. Even when he made a simple cameo in Hostel as an American tourist, his decapitated head was later seen being kept as a trophy in Hostel: Part II which implies an awful death for his character.

  • In The Neighbor, John kills Cooper by suffocating him with a rotten rabbit carcass.

  • Nick's butchery at the hands of the troglodytes in Bone Tomahawk. First he is stripped naked and scalped. Then his scalp is shoved into his mouth and driven in with a bone spike to muffle his screams. Then he is held upside down and hacked in the groin with the titular bone tomahawk. Finally, the cannibals tear him in half like a wishbone, spilling his guts onto the cave floor.

  • Sweetwater: Sarah kills a perverted store owner by shooting him through the rectum.

  • Volhynia: Dismemberment by horses, flaying, burning alive, disembowelment, crucifixion, eyes gouged out, pregnant woman stabbed in the belly... And it's all Truth in Television.

  • Kick-Ass: Big Daddy crushes a goon in a car compactor (while inside a car). Frank's goons kill a Russian gangster using a lumber microwave, which is big enough for a person.

  • Watchmen has several:
    • Rorschach kills another inmate by dumping boiling oil on his head.
    • A serial killer butchers a little girl and feeds her to his dogs, and...
    • ...Rorschach chops his head into soup with his own meat cleaver.
    • The Comedian roasts numerous Vietcong soldiers alive with a flamethrower.
    • An inmate gets tied to prison cell door and has his arms cut off with an angle grinder.
    • The guy who cut his arms off gets killed a minute later by having his head smashed into a toilet hard enough to shatter the toilet, then is electrocuted.
    • Dr. Manhattan explodes numerous gangsters, Vietcong soldiers, and Rorschach.
  • Too many to list in Hellboy (2019), but Nimue slowly crushing two of her treacherous coven witches in on themselves with what looks like telekinesis deserves some special mention.

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