There is a scene in Michael Haneke’s ‘The White Ribbon’ where a 4-year-old kid asks his sister what death means. She replies him by saying that it simply means when a person stops living. The little kid, intrigued, now asks her how it happens and whether it would happen to everyone and does death have to do anything with his mom’s disappearance, to which his sister replies positively. The kid then throws the plate away in anger, denial and seething disbelief. I think that same fear of a 4-year-old is buried deep inside our subconscious somewhere and it is that fear which makes us both vulnerable and stronger in our fleeting survival of years on this beautiful planet. Death is uncertain and happens in the most unlikely ways and unimaginable situations. I am here today to talk about some of the most surprising, or rather, shocking deaths in cinema. Needless to say, the article contains major spoilers to the movies. With that said, here is the list of most sad and surprising movie deaths in cinema:
15. Zombieland (2009) – Bill Murray’s Death
An absolutely memorable, hilarious cameo that has a sad end to it. Bill Murray’s turn as himself in ‘Zombieland’ is one of the funniest and most surprising deaths you’ll ever see. ‘Zombieland’ tells the story of a group of people, fighting a Zombie-torn America. Fearing a land full of Zombies, a fatal prank goes horribly wrong as Murray, disguised as a Zombie, is shot dead by Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg). Murray signs off with a hilarious speech in his signature numb, laid-back attitude that hardly makes any difference even with a bullet on to his chest.
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14. Deep Blue Sea (1999) – Russell Franklin’s Death
Not the finest of films for this list but ‘Deep Blue Sea’ does a fairly good job for its genre with all the classic sci-fi horror ingredients blended well in its imperfections. But the stand out moment in the film is Samuel Jackson’s death which comes off as rather shocking yet terrifyingly funny as he, in one of his absolute badass moments, gives an inspiring speech about the need for unity among the survivors before a shark bursts out completely out of the blue, dragging him and killing him right then and there. It’s a bold move as one would hardly expect the shark to be more badass than Jackson himself and as hilarious as it may sound, works precisely for that reason.