Today I’m focusing only on film. I recently went to the movies and saw Olympus Has Fallen. Not a bad action flick, but the hero, Gerard Butler, told the villain that he’d stab him in the brain when he caught him… *Spoiler*
The audience applauded. I’ve been to movies were the audience clapped, cheered, or jeered, but this didn’t seem the type of movie or the type of audience to have that reaction. So it got me thinking about death scenes and the reactions they draw from us.
Did Janet Leigh getting knifed in Psycho scare you so much that you stayed out of the shower? I have a see-through shower curtain because of that movie.
Did every ridiculous death in The Happening annoy you so much you wanted those 2 hours of your life back? I mean, a man just laid out in front of a lawn mower because the wind made him crazy!
Was King Leonidas’ death in 300 momentous? Were you proud that he stood his ground and died for his lands?
Were you heartbroken at the end of Moulin Rouge when Satine dies in Christian's arms while the final strains of their love song plays in the background?
Or did you go out cheering because Bill “The Butcher” Cutting finally got his in Gangs of New York?
Vote for the most memorable death scene in the comments. And no worries, if you haven’t seen any of these films, tell us about one that stuck with you and why!