Larry Fessenden defends his pick for the best death in movie history. Plus: Watch a supercut of all the ‘ABCs of Death 2′ directors’ favorite kills!
“When I got this assignment, I thought of the scene in (the original) THE STEPFATHER where the daughter’s shrink is killed by the Stepfather by a 2×4. It struck me because the shrink is in over his head, he doesn’t understand the insanity he’s going up against. He thought he was helping a troubled girl. Because his death has that tragic dimension, it is more poignant.
There is the death in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN where the Nazi slowly kills Private Mellish with a knife to the chest while Mellish says “don’t, don’t.” Very intimate and scary. It’s the same Nazi that the Americans had freed earlier, in a sanctimonious move to “do the right thing”. And so the horrific death mocks the generosity and kindness of their earlier actions.
How about Jennifer Jason Leigh pulled apart between two trucks by Rutger Hauer in THE HITCHER? She is an innocent swept up in the mad rivalry between the Hitcher and the kid. She’s nothing but collateral damage.
How about everyone in the car at the end of THE MIST? I know some people hate that ending, but I loved it because it is so futile.
All death is tragic, but when kindness, idealism, innocence or heroism dies too, it is even more resonant.
- Larry Fessenden (“N is for Nexus”)”
Check out the full post at Crave Online, and get a look at the ABCs OF DEATH 2 directors’ favorite movie deaths of all time below.