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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What are the best death scenes ever?

Psycho Janet Leigh

Recently I posted a YouTube clip of what the Internet has decided is the worst movie death scene ever — it certainly the funniest one I’ve ever seen. (You can watch it here.) And it got me thinking about this:
What are the best death scenes ever?

Talking about the upcoming Hitchcock — about the making of Pscyho — is an obvious prompt, too. Because many film fans, including me, would say that the slashing death of Janet Leigh in that classic is among the best death scenes ever. It retains its power even today, when we’ve become quite jaded about onscreen violence. We’ve all seen far more graphic murders depicted in movies, but the starkness of the black-and-white cinematography, the anonymity of the killer, and the sheer intimacy and vulnerability of the setting represent an elegance in the depiction of something horrific that no other filmmaker has come close to replicating.

Your turn…

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