ByAmy Martin, writer at
Amy Martin

Most of time in movies, we can see a characters death coming from a mile away. Whether they're checking out the strange noise in the basement, or the music is building up suspense in the back ground - we generally know that it's going to happen one way or another. Today I've compiled a list of 10 movie death scenes that were either like 'BAM they're dead!' Or you just totally wouldn't expect the character to kick the bucket at all. I think it goes without saying - MAJOR spoiler alert.

10 - Marion Crane - Psycho (1960)

In what is quite possibly the most famous movie scene of all time, we get one of the most unexpected death scenes of all time. Even though nowadays anyone who watches the film for the first time will know this is coming up, it is simply because the scene has become so famous. Despite this, it was a big shock to audiences back in the sixties to kill off the main character thirty minutes into the film.

9 - Terry Chaney - Final Destination (2000)

"You can all just drop f*cking dead." Woops, perhaps shouldn't have said that Terry. This is a Final Destination movie, so unexpected deaths happen all over the place, but I think this one definitely has to be the best of the series, and probably the funniest too. I think the GIF I've added explains this scene pretty well - Terry is sick and tired of all the happenings of the movie, and decides it's time to go home and put her feet up. Needless to say, she doesn't get more than a few metres.

8 - Casey Becker - Scream (1996)

How did audiences in the nineties know that Scream was going to be good? Well, they killed off a very famous actress within the first ten minutes of the film, that's how. This one wasn't a jump scare, and it certainly wasn't quick - the suspense as to what was going to happen was HUGE, but admit it - we all thought she was going to get away with her life, just based on the fact that she IS Drew Barrymore.

7 - Quint - Jaws (1975)

Jaws is great, and it's the first horror movie I ever saw as a kid. I remember this scene in particular (along with the dead body in the sunken boat) scaring me a fair bit. 'Bruce' the shark starts ripping the boat apart, before grabbing the poor guy by the legs, chomping him in half and then dragging him into the ocean. It was brutal, it was fairly quick, and then just like that Quint is gone, after surviving for the entire movie.

6 - Kane - Alien (1979)

Considered one of the scariest moments in cinematic history, Kane's last supper must have really sucked. I think what was so cool about this scene is that we thought the poor guy was out of trouble, after successfully having the 'face hugger' removed, but only then does the crew discover that the facehugger creature actually somehow gave birth to a Xenomorph in his body, which conveniently decided to burst straight out of his chest while they were eating dinner. Talk about bad timing.

5 - Jack - Titanic (1997)

Now it's up to debate whether or not Jack could have actually fit on the floating door. Some people say that it would have sunk, had he tried to get on. Others say that Rose was a selfish cow and left Jack to freeze to death. I'm unsure what I think of the situation. Anyway, despite the circumstances, Jack and Rose were meant to be rescued, and live happily ever after. I have seen The Titanic probably 3 or 4 times, and this scene has made me cry every time! This death was so unexpected because we thought that the two characters were going to escape and grow old, but this unfortunately never happened.

4 - Nancy - A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Didn't see that coming did you! Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) was the main protagonist in both the original and third installment of the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, so naturally being the main character and 'Final Girl' we thought she would make it to the end and continue her story through the following sequels. Nope, she gets killed off at the very end of Dream Warriors!

3 - Marvin - Pulp Fiction (1994)

"Oh man, I shot Marvin in the face!" This one is probably the funniest entry on this list! I guess watching the movie, I was kind of prepared for it due to the way that John Travolta is holding that gun, but I never would of expected to him to actually accidentally pull the trigger.

2 - Russell - Deep Blue Sea (1999)

WOAH! I've got to admit, this one gave me quite a fright. Just as Samuel L Jackson was doing his trademark inspiration speech on how they weren't going to die, a HUGE shark comes out from the pool and well.... kills him. Why it was such a shock? I guess simply because he was the most famous actor in the movie, perhaps the producers couldn't afford to pay him for any more of his time.

1 - Billy Costigan - The Departed (2006)

Now the reason I decided to write this list is purely because I watched this movie last night. I was so shocked at this scene that I was just sat there staring at the tv, saying to myself 'what the heck just happened?' Billy Costigan, main hero and good guy of the movie, opens the elevator door with a criminal he has just arrested, only to have a bullet planted between his eyes. This was actually a pretty crappy ending to a pretty good film, as we had followed Billy's story for two and a half freakin' hours, only to have him killed off minutes before the films end. Oh and not only does Billy get shot, but so do 90% of the main characters.

Agree with my list? If you see one of your favorite 'unexpected deaths' missing, be sure to keep an eye out for Part 2 of the article!


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