I just read a very short article over at Entertainment Weekly where the critic answers readers questions, and they were asked what the most disturbing death scene is, they answered in an unusual way:
it’s hard to beat the childhood-scarring trauma of one hand-drawn deer’s demise in Bambi, with innocence shattered by the sound of a hunter’s bullet. For shock value, I’m partial to the first shark feeding in Jaws. But for Oscar-winning death porn, I think Braveheart reaps the grim prize.
Great choice, the Scots take a long time to die, it’s all the Haggis and Whisky…believe me, I’m delving into a bottle this evening.
Anyway, it got me thinking, what are the most disturbing death scenes I’ve seen? Well the Texas Chain Saw Massacre stays with me to this day, when I saw it aged about 12. The woman dropped onto the meat hook is awful, then popping out of the fridge later on…oh dear.
Recently though, I’d say that the death of the girl in Wolf Creek really haunts me. Watching that at 10am in the morning, press around me, I had my face in my hands and couldn’t believe how gruesome it was – mentally more than physically. His description of the act was terrible.
What about you? Let’s find out what the definitive most distrubing death scenes are in a movie, doesn’t have to be gruesome and full of gore, what’s really gotten to you? The Wicker Man burning? The Dead Zone scissor suicide?