Nothing can bring a movie audience to tears like the death of a beloved character. But when an actor or actress’s on screen death is well-deserved, insanely over the top, or delivered at the hands of a horror icon, viewers may be too busy laughing or cheering instead.
Here is our list of the 10 Funniest Movie Death Scenes.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Since Freddy Krueger uses dreams to take out teenagers, every kill in the Nightmare on Elm Street series is ridiculous in some way. But when Nancy’s mother is surprised by the slasher, he smashes an arm through a glass window – and the viewer’s suspension of disbelief. It’s obviously impossible to actually pull the actress through the window, but the awkward dummy taking her place turns the genuine jump scare into a bad joke.
Live and Let Die
As crazy or hard to believe as some of James Bond‘s kills have been, there’s no debating the weirdest. When 007 has his showdown with the villain of Live and Let Die, a short, awkward grapple sends both men into a shark tank, where James leaves his opponent to die. Not by shark, but one of the villain’s own inflating bullets. When the man floated to the ceiling and exploded, the audience wasn’t laughing at the twist – they were laughing at how ridiculous Roger Moore’s super spy had really become.
Deep Blue Sea
When a movie is absolutely filled with ridiculous deaths, it takes something special for one kill to rise above the rest. Or in this case, just a passionate speech from Samuel L. Jackson. When his character has shown why he’s just the man to help the cast of Deep Blue Sea survive an assault from super-smart awards, the fish get the last laugh, cutting his plan short with a single bite. The surprise and absurdity of the kill made it one of Hollywood’s cult favorites, eventually becoming well known even if movie fans have a hard time remembering the rest of the shark drama.
Audiences were shocked enough when comedy icon Bill Murray made a surprise appearance as himself in this post-apocalyptic tale. Ever the kidder, Murray’s decision to scare another survivor winds up costing him, but his sudden and unceremonious death is the perfect exit. Letting him dish out some deadpan humor, and even a playful shot at his worst-reviewed role to date, the actor made sure his cameo would be remembered as one of Zombieland‘s best moments. And with his dying breath, showed there’s always time for another joke.
Big Trouble in Little China
No list of insane movie deaths is complete without this entry from the classic Kurt Russell martial arts/fantasy. When his trucker hero has managed to take out the supernatural villain of Big Trouble in Little China, the warlord’s lieutenant is more than a little angry. Instead of looking for revenge, he lets his anger build, eventually inflating him to a level of ridiculousness that the movie had yet to reach, before exploding in a burst of lettuce. If you ask us, the death alone is worth the movie’s entire runtime.
Ben Stiller made an entire movie out of the idea that fashion supermodels aren’t exactly gifted thinkers, but the true stupidity of Derek Zoolander’s best friends only became clear moments before their death. Food fights, pillow fights, and snowball fights are all in good fun, but a gasoline fight is asking for trouble. The gag might have been one of biggest reaches in the entire movie, but there’s no denying its staying power. There are lots of laughs to be had throughout Zoolander, but the scene – and it’s fiery end – are impossible to forget.
It’s hard to tell what’s true and what isn’t in this sci-fi classic, but when Arnold Schwarzenegger finally gets to Mars, he sends the movie’s villain out onto the planet’s surface. Without any air to breathe, he’s dead in under a minute. Well, the oozing, swelling plastic version of him is, anyway. If the events of Total Recall really are all in Quaid’s head, then he never learned what a lack of oxygen actually does to a human being (specifically, their eyes). But he’s clearly a fan of schlocky horror.
It’s hard to pick just one memorable death in this SNL feature film, since the final act sends the hero into a throat-ripping frenzy. But MacGruber finally gets the payback he’s been waiting for when his nemesis shows up to ruin his wedding. It wasn’t enough to beat Dieter Von Cunth and throw him to his death. The handy hero needed to riddle him with bullets on the way down, and even run salt in the wound by desecrating his corpse….. twice. The guy can really hold a grudge.
Director James Cameron set a record with the budget of his action-comedy True Lies, but audiences got to enjoy every dollar of it on the big screen. As star Arnold Schwarzenegger battles a group of terrorists out of a skyscraper and onto the wings of a fighter jet, audiences probably thought things had gotten as insane as possible. But with the villain hanging from one of the fighter’s missiles, and his partners escaping in a nearby helicopter, Arnold decides to solve two problems at once – delivering one of the most laughable kills in his entire career.
Team America: World Police
The actors may not be humans, but that only guaranteed that each and every single kill and stunt in Team America would be a surefire gag. The squad’s celebration is cut short when one surviving terrorist suddenly cuts down one of their own. Even though the twist has been seen in dozens of action flicks, the tragedy of a puppet being cut down in his prime, and the insane death dance of his killer is impossible not to laugh at.
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