Deaths in horror films can really freak us out. Blood, gore, and guts cause us to cover our faces in horror and merely watch through our fingers. Topped with the screams falling out of victims' mouths, and I am officially cowering under my blankets in the dark.
But it is always interesting when the writer or director adds a layer of irony to the death. This psychological element just amplifies another dimension of the storyline, truly playing with the empathy we feel when another marked person is killed off.
Below is a list of incredibly ironic deaths. Some of these will really pull at your heart strings.
1. The Final (2010)
The Vietnam veteran Parker dies due to a punji stake trap, which is the exact kind once used by the Viet Cong. A melancholy blast from history.
2. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
The character Hadley mentions throughout the film that he always wishes that he could meet a merman. His wish is finally granted when a merman enters the control room and chews his face off.
Hadley also deems this ironic, as his last words are "Oh, come on!"
3. Land of the Dead (2005)
In the beginning of the film, humans stand at the other side of an electric fence, laughing as zombies stupidly walk into the fence and get fried.
At the end of the film, the humans are stuck in a deathtrap between the electric fence and the horrific group of zombies.
4. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Although Freddy ultimately dies by means of a bomb stuffed down his throat, the heroine of the film stabs him in the gut with his iconic clawed glove.
One, two, stabbed by your weapon, you poo...
5. The Wolfman (2010)
Dr. Hoenneger claims that Lawrence will no more likely change into a werewolf than he is likely to sprout wings and fly out the window! He sure doesn't sprout wings, but as for his unfortunate death out the window, that is a completely different story.
The irony in Freddy Krueger's death is enough to make me even feel a tad bit sad for him, despite all the atrocious ways in which he has murdered his victims.
As a writer, I think this is an aspect I can bring forth in my own scripts to really stimulate the empathetic and mental capacity of the audience.
[Source: tv tropes]