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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:32 pm    Post subject: Best/Worst Movie/Book Death/Demise Reply with quote

I saw this on another forum and thought it was an interesting idea!

So: what are your favorite/most despised death scenes? The ones that made you cry, made you laugh, made you pray to the movies gods to make it all end?

I think it would be appropriate to say:

POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING!!!

Here're mine:

Best:
Theoden King from Return of the King. Wow...that was everything I could have hoped for. I was a tad disappointed that they didn't use his "dearer than daughter" line in his farewell to Éowyn. I always thought that was touching. However, "I know your face..." was an excellent line, perfectly delivered.

Frollo from Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. Can anyone say IRONY FTW? I love that scene.

ET's death. Talk about one major "Ooouuuuch." When the camera cuts from them defibrillating ET to Gertie's face as she starts to cry...

Old Dan and Little Ann from Where the Red Fern Grows. My teacher read that to us in the fourth grade, and our oldest and most beloved dog had died just a couple of weeks before. The whole class was bawling during the final chapters. Then she showed us the movie. We were one sad, sad class.

Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey. "Daisy...Daisy..."

Julius Caesar from the Shakespeare play. I saw an excellent version of it at the Utah Shakespearean Festival...the betrayal on the actor's face was palpable.

John Coffey from Green Mile. If ever there was a time you wanted to reach through the screen and pull a character to safety...

Worst:
Anything from a MST3K movie...the worst I've seen is from Lost Continent...an annoying little lieutenant dies, then immediately cuts to the rest of the cast miles away, climbing down a mountain.

Everyone who dies in The Core. Especially Robert Iverson. "Ha! I'm a man, you're a woman, you're obviously infe-*ploopdeathmelt*"

Tengpu/Pierrot Le Fou from Cowboy Bebop. Um...he's indestructible...but he gets stepped on by Lookalike!Pluto...and he...dies?

Movies, books, plays...don't matter, as long as it's memorable, one way or the other.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wash in Serenity.

Why Wash! Whyyyyy?

I noticed games wasn't on your list but Aerith. Sad

And Mufasa in the Lion King.

Any Song of Ice and Fire fans? Ned, Khal Drogo, Catlyn, Robb, the wolves and possibly Brianne. (I'm not convinced she's dead.)

Those are the most emotional deaths I can think of right now.

As for the worst deaths, nothing springs to mind but it does annoy me when certain characters are obviously just plot devices and are killed off as soon as they stop being useful.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@CBB: Pierrot Le Fou was an interesting story, actually. I'm not sure where I learned this, probably from the DVD (some stuff on there that didn't make television). Or maybe my friend said it... But anyway. Pierrot was basically a child, even though he was a super-advanced and armed killing machine. A bullet would bounce off the EM field, but a knife would go through because it was low velocity. Since Pierrot hadn't felt pain since before his traumatic experience, the idea of pain reduced him to a whimpering baby.

The Pluto wannabe was just funny...should have been a cat or something, though.

Best: The death scenes in The Patriot. Almost all of them, actually...
For that matter, Braveheart's final scenes. Srsly.

The Matrix: Both of the final scenes in the Machine City.

I'm a big fan of a innumerable death scenes in The Princess Bride. The whole movie's a riot!

Worst: Princess Bride can go here too Razz
Greedo. HAN SHOT FIRST!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worst Demise of a Plot Device:

Darksaber (one of the later Star Wars Novels)

A quick summary:

A Hutt crimelord has captured a former Imperial high ranking engineer and forces him to build a Death Star Superlaser (Without the actual Death Star - lust the weapon in a roughly cylindrical hull. They call it the Darksaber, because the shape of the hull resembles the grip of a Lightsaber...) They construct this weapon inside the Hoth asteroid belt.

The New Republic Secret Service gets wind of this project, and General Madine personally leads the infiltration team. The team messes up and is captured by the Hutts.

In the meantime, Luke Skywalker and his girlfriend Callista take a trip to Hoth. Now, one could expect that they might discover the Darksaber and do something about it. But, no, they just fly directly to Hoth. There they get in trouble and are pretty much stranded.

Leia notices that Luke and Callista have gone missing. She and Han go to Hoth to look for them. They manage to miss the Darksaber on both their way in and out. So the three main heroes of the Star Wars franchise just passed by the main threat of this story completely oblivious to its existance.

In the end, Madine is executed by the Hutts, the Darksaber is finished and moves out to its first target for a test/demonstration shot.

As the Superlaser is engaged for the first time, the weapon's reactor detonates, because the slave laborers used to build it messed up and connected the power lines incorrectly.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JackAce Wrote:

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As the Superlaser is engaged for the first time, the weapon's reactor detonates, because the slave laborers used to build it messed up and connected the power lines incorrectly.


That's slave labour for you, you get what you pay for.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheBritishInvasion wrote:
JackAce Wrote:

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As the Superlaser is engaged for the first time, the weapon's reactor detonates, because the slave laborers used to build it messed up and connected the power lines incorrectly.


That's slave labour for you, you get what you pay for.


It still makes for a damn lame story...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone else think Nemo died far too many times?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rose's death just ticked me off. Especially since she tells you "this is the story of how I died," and all that #%@!.

and I like Anthony's deaht in Eternal Darkness; Sanity's Requiem. It was fitting.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hrm, Actually, I tend to block out death scenes. I find so many theatrical versions the same - and literary one at that.

And this is another way of says, no, I don't remember any.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone seen Alien IV: Resurrection? The major and the monster. Heh, Joss Whedon, ftw!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penny, in Dr. horribles sing along blog That was sad D=
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donny in The Big Lebowski. Totally did not have to die, and totally broke my heart when it happened
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worst: In an old version of The Little Mermaid, the prince is fighting a knight in disguise, under the influence of his evil wife (the sea witch), but the knight is the only way to help him get back Ariel. The scene starts with a voice over which completely killed whatever suspense might have been there with an overabundance of foreshadowing.

The prince and masked knight trade sword blows a bit, and the prince sticks his sword under the knight's arm. Really - you can see it in the film. It's supposed to look like he ran him through, but you can see the knight holding the sword to his side. *facepalm* Then the knight has a long monologue revealing who he really is, warning the prince of his future downfall and generally telling the prince he's an idiot who's lost everything. Then he dies. Through the whole thing? No blood.

So that was the worst.


Best death scene... "Brian's Song". I think that's the one that strikes me the most, every time.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Asmodean in 'The Wheel of Time' series. Purely because it's generated so much speculation and the killer has not yet been revealed. (Though there is a theory I'm convinced is right.)

And Asa's story brings to mind a rather awful production of Macbeth. Fakest looking blood ever. It was pink!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Britland mentioned games, so, Mass Effect!

Best: the leader of the Ferros colony, I forget his name. "But I won't! I! Won't!" *bang*

Worst: Benezia. "No light...? They always said there. would. be. li-." *slumps over*
Even sappier if Liara's in your party.
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