10 Gnarliest Horror Movie Decapitations

The horror film genre offers a lot of gruesome joy, but none is as pure and satisfying as the decapitation. We classify the gnarliest actions from the worst movies.


Vun Brad Gullickson Published on October 14, 2021

October is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “31 days of horror.” Do not worry; it’s true. Most people take this to highlight a horror movie of the day, but here at FSR we took that a gruesome notch or nine by celebrating each day with a top ten list. This article on the best horror movie decapitations is part of our ongoing series 31 days of horror lists.

When it comes to horror film punctuation, decapitations are exclamation marks. It will not come back from them! [Editor’s note: Re-Animator‘s Dr. Carl Hill would disagree…] The audience can not help but respond to such visual screams with an echoing scream. “Oh, damn it. Michael Myers does not play in this sequel. However, when you talk about the coupling of the shoulders, the franchise slashers are grammatically less. They have strong headlines, but their screws are chicken scratches compared to the fatal literatures found on this bloody battlefield.

The genre is full of lobbed melons, and chooses the best required careful examination of horror cinema’s gnarliest efforts. We cut heads with shock, fleeting skulls expressing terror, and jumping skulls rejoicing happiness. Many kinds of faces leave their bodies, covering every sound in this beautiful lonely arena.

These popped tops were voted by Chris Coffel, Rob Hunter, Mary Beth McAndrews, Meg signs, Anna Swanson, Jacob Trüssel, in the myself. Now, take a bowl of popcorn and drop it into the lap. But watch out for big strangers standing by your six, because you don’t want your topping to interfere with your carefully measured spice from the movie snack. Let us keep your big brain connected to your nervous system as you enjoy our look at the best horror movie decapitations.

10. High Voltage (2003)

High voltage decapitation

No matter what you think High voltage in its many twists and turns, it has no bearing on its impact of its violence. Direct Alexandre Aja paints every inch of his frame and gore, gives his killer a variety of weapons for victims to cut and slash in increasingly gruesome and gruesome ways.

Aja does not waste any time giving the audience what they want; this squirm-inducing decapitation is the first death in the movie! If something that is brutal is just the beginning, no wonder it is called the New French extremity. Aja takes us to the extreme extremes in the opening moments of his debut film, so we wonder how much further he pulls us into the darkness as we fall into the division finals. (Jacob Trussell)

Dead Alive (1992)

Dead Alive Decapitation

Dead Alive is a cornucopia of murder. Celebrating a certain decapitation under so many physical riots is complicated. Can one moment really top the lawnmower melee? But, perhaps, the better way to go, or at least, the fairer option, is to consider this cranium decimation against all other cranium decimations. Yeah, that’s how this list works, and why Dead Alive meets the ninth place.

Baby Selwyn comes out of poor Rita’s face, straightens it and straightens her shoulders, is an unforgettable image when she is split next to other horror flicks and hopes to reach such a profound gore. As it is inside Peter JacksonFor Monster Mash, there is only one awful minute between the other 103 awful minutes. Dead Alive is an endurance test, asking its audience to yell for the hills to run, but the film rewards with an endless playlist of incomparable carnage for those who stay. (Brad Gullickson)

Day of the Dead (1985)

Day of the Dead

Most decapitations happen quickly — a quick swing of the ax, a fast glass cutter, a fifty-mile-per-hour slump, and a sign — but they only get worse as they slow down. To this end, this cut remains a favorite.

The Undead Wounded the Gates and Pvt. Torrez is in the numbers. They take him down, and as the hands grab his flesh for the purchase, others prick his eyes – and pull. His skin and neck muscles pop, veins and arteries stretch until they burst and splash precious blood, and through it all, his screams and cries of pain go unanswered. When his body becomes a feast, his head is carried away. God bless George Romero in the Tom Savini. (Rob Hunter)

7. 30 Days of the Night (2007)

Days of night decapitations

If at first you do not succeed, try again. After his buddy Billy is bitten by a blood sugar that has condemned his future to a monstrous, Josh HartnettSheriff Eben is forced to put his shiny silver ax around his neck. 30 days a night do not want to give the wrong impression. Cutting a head off is not a quick endeavor. Eben has to drop the light ax on Billy a few times before his noodles separate from his torso. The whack-chunk sound effects are crunchy, and the film never shines with bloody endeavors. It’s a mediocre act with Eben and the audience feeling every inch of it. (Brad Gullickson)

Hereditary Grand Duke (2018)

Hereditary decapitations

When Inheritance first hit theaters, trailers portrayed it as a movie about a gruesome child who clicked on her tongue and brought chaos over her family. So imagine the audience shock when that creepy kid Charlie (Millie Shapiro) loses her head, quite literally, early in the film. And not in a clean way. She is depressed at a high school party by her brother Peter (Alex Wolff), who really just wants to smoke weed and impress that cute girl in his English class. But then Charlie eats a piece of cake full of nuts. She is deadly allergic to nuts. As Peter jumps into her home while suffering from an anaphylactic shock, she sticks her head out the window to try to get fresh hair. As she pats her neck, Peter swims and, well, Charlie breaks his head on a light pole.

What happens is perhaps the most traumatic five minutes in the contemporary horror film as Peter refuses to turn around and recognize the horror in the background of the family car. Only the next morning, when he hears his mother’s agonized scream (Toni Collett), undergoes the proper gravity of the situation. Plus, the camera flashes on a long take of Charlie’s decapitated head sitting on the side of the road, powering up and smirking and gore. Hi, Paimon. (Mary Beth McAndrews)

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5. Evil Dead II

Evil Dead Ii

You can swing a cat and have an instant iconic special effect in it Evil Dead Movies, but the scoop decapitation in Evil Dead II is a (rather literal) cut over the rest. As it turns out, when your beloved girlfriend is possessed, sometimes the only option is to give her Marie Antoinette treatment with garden tools. And, of course, spectacularly well-constructed fake heads will surely roll. Even though fans know how this scene goes down, the delivery of the thrilling images and the pace of the film is wonderfully gruesome. Sam Raimi is a true showman who knows how to deliver exactly what viewers want from this scene: an exciting headline that is as impressive as it is horrible. (Anna Swanson)

4. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Sleepy Hollow

Oh, do you like decapitations? Uh, duh, you read this glorious list. And since you want nothing better than to look a head off a shoulder, you have to bid Sleepy Hollow Your careful study. Tim Burton enjoys the story of the Headless Horseman by not cutting off one or two heads, but a good half dose plus two. There are fourteen episodes during the film’s runtime, and while it’s hard to claim one as better than the other, it’s an absolute celebration of this primary physical attack. And just in case fourteen decapitations are not enough for you, Burton Peppers Sleepy Hollow with many other cleavages and punctuations, the screen splashes with so much thick blood that your eyes see the heart color even when they are closed, and your dreams swim with rivers of red. (Brad Gullickson)

The Omen (1976)

The Omen decapitations

The way you know you have an extra sharp decapitation scene on your hands is when a director, in her infinite wisdom, said decapitation more often from many different angles. Such a multi-shot Friday was waiting Richard Donner‘s The Omen. During a scene the satanic majesty with the connecting mechanisms of Final destination Franchise, Photographer Keith Jennings (David warner), who only examined the young Damien to be the cause of the Antichrist, wanders to the wrong end of a glass plate.

What should Keith do? Do not go to the construction site to take back the culprits who were planning to kill a (satanic) child? How should he know that a supernatural force is knocking down a glass transport truck on a hill, right in the direction of his soft, journalist neck? Maybe next time, don’t go to the wrong side of the Antichrist (or a fast-moving glass jar), Keith. (Meg Shields)

2. Re-Animator (1985)

Re Animator Gets a Job At The Sideshow

There is a lot that goes into a good decapitation scene. One of the most important choices is the tool used to delete it. For Herbert West, the tool was a shovel. It is an unconventional choice but a fun one. Look, shovels are good for people to digest and clap, but use one to take off their head? That requires commitment and hard work. And do not trust that it will come clean. It will be chewy, and the cut will be uneven. Think of it as a more rustic approach. West is willing to do the work. He stumbles and stomps, greets the blood splatter until he finishes with a beautiful, unique cut. Well done, Doctor. (Chris Coffel)

The Thing (1982)

John Carpenter's The Thing Decapitation

“You have to make the joke.” Yes, a little. John Schräiner is clearly pleasing in this pornographically absurd decapitation, culminating in what has already been an all-time great gore effect, where Norris’ heart attack transforms into a full-body outburst. His chest grabs in, the doc disappears his arms, spits a second head out of his chest and onto the ceiling, and his original noggin stretches from his neck, to the floor, and leaps legs. When Palmer clocks the currying cabeza, he lets the iconic line-reading ripen.

When classifying decapitations, no other lobbed melon could claim the top price. This is not just an effect; it is a character with its own beginning, middle and end. Norris’ head is at the moment The Thing jumps from a gruesome paranoid thriller to a phantasmagoric apocalypse, a crown jewel in the horror genre, misunderstood and rivaled in its time but properly respected as a masterpiece today. (Brad Gullickson)

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Brad Gullickson is a Weekly Columnist for Film School Rejections and Senior Curator for One Perfect Shot. If he does not rave about movies here, he rattles about comics as a co-host of Comic Book Couples Counseling. Hunt him on Twitter: @MouthDork. (Hien / Hien)

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