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Death scenes in war movies have always disturbed me. The scene in FMJ where Private Pyle blows the back of his head out with his rifle is one of the worst. Not particularly gory as movie deaths go, but the sheer pathos of the scene is enough to turn my stomach.
I’ll also nominate another scene from SPR; it’s the one where an American soldier tries to attach a ‘sticky-bomb’ to a German tank, and it explodes before he can get away. Alive one second, bits of flesh the next. ::shudder::
Yep, that’s my one aswell. It’s also very well observed. The way the Yank says “No, hold on” or something like that, as if he is trying to think of anything to say to stop the knife going in. Freaking me out in the process.
All of the above are good (err, make that bad. I mean good replys to the question).
I’ll add the scene in “Amistad” when they are lightening the load by attaching the chained slaves to an anchor and then throwing it over. Meanwhile the slaves have to stand there and wait to be yanked in one by one. Yuck.
There’s a movie with Rutger Hauer and (I think) Jennifer Jason Leigh (although maybe I’m getting the pairing mixed up with Flesh + Blood) called “The Hitchhiker” or something like that. He chains her between his truck cab and some immoveable object and starts rolling forward…
They don’t show it all, but just thinking about it is enough.
I once posted this one as the subject of a thread, since I never knew what film it was (it looked like some made-for-TV thriller with added nastiness). A young guy is lying, prone but awake, while the villain (more scary because he looked like a fairly normal, if vacant, chap) ties the guy’s right arm and left ankle with chains. The other end of the chains is attached to his 4x4. Only … there’s a tree between this guy and the vehicle. Villain guns engine as horrified girlfried watches, chains tighten and guy is pulled around tree – before his leg and arm detach in a pretty horrific set of special effects.
There are two that I think of right off the bat:
“Body Double” where the woman gets it with the ice auger and you see the ceiling of the downstairs apartment start to turn red from the blood. Just creepy.
The water tank from “The Cell” also bothered me a lot. The mental anguish that went along with that, YIKES! Just thinking about it unnerves me.
I have to second the slow-knife death in ‘Private Ryan’. The German was whispering something to him; I’ve always been morbidly curious to know what he was saying. Yikes.
Also, in ‘Last of the Mohicans’. Magwa (not sure of spelling) who has some, shall we say, anger issues, tells someone earlier in the movie that he’s gonna cut out the heart of some bloated old English dude he dislikes. Then, later on in the movie, he does it. Pushes the guy off his horse, shoves him to the ground, holds him down and performs primitive cardio-ectomy. And the guy is feebly struggling the whole time, including after the deed is finsihed. The thought of looking up at someone who hates you holding your heart up, knowing you’re dead… not a happy thing.
Of all the gruesome death scens in Private Ryan, the only one that really sticks with me is the very first one: when the ramp on the landing boat goes down, and there’s this one guy in the front of the boat, just about to charge out, you hear a metallic “plink” and there’s this little hole in his helmet, like the size of pencil, and just like that the guy’s dead. Way, way more effecting then, well, almost everything else in the movie (except maybe the sticky bomb).
When I was kid, I saw The Believers, which is the scariest movie I ever saw. Maybe it was just me, but so many scenes in that film still freak me out, fifteen years after the one and only time I ever watched it. That scene right in the beginning, when the mom is electrocuted by the Mr. Coffee, permanently scared me. To this day, I don’t drink coffee, and I blame this movie.
Another good one: John Cusack in The Grifters. Comes right out of nowhere. And its his mom who does it! Creepy.
"Of all the gruesome death scens in Private Ryan, the only one that really sticks with me is the very first one: when the ramp on the landing boat goes down, and there’s this one guy in the front of the boat, just about to charge out, you hear a metallic “plink” and there’s this little hole in his helmet, like the size of pencil, and just like that the guy’s dead. "
Wow, lookit that run-on sentence. I’m really making that English degree work for me, aren’t I? :rolleyes:
Yes, I’m assuming that’s the one they’re talking about. That was the first one I thought of when I saw the thread title. God, that was just sick. The one at the end is pretty bad too, but it doesn’t quite match the first one…
OK, I have not, nor probably will I ever see American History X, so please could somebody at least outline what happens? I know I sound like somebody who watches the Faces of Death movies and rewinds it to the “good parts”, but too many people have mentioned Am Hist X and my curiosity is piqued.
Well…this isn’t a movie per say, but the video for the Nine Inch Nails song Happiness in Slavery…is really…really…really disturbing. 1st time i saw it, i had cold sweat and couldn’t stop thinkin about it for a week.
And as far as movie death scenes go, i’d have to nominate the last 20 minutes of Burnt by the Sun.
Well, American History X was aslo the first one I thought of and I assume we are all thinking of the same thing. The fact is also that they don’t even show it.
Basically, the main character is a white power nutjob who catches a black man trying to steal his truck. I don’t remember all the details, but he catches the guy, tell him to lay on his stomach on the street and then tells him to bite the curb. Then brings his boot down very hard (of screen) on the back of his head. I think there is some sound effects, but mostly you are left to imagine what may have happened.