The Horror Honeys: He Who Doesn't Fear Death Dies Only Once...

He Who Doesn't Fear Death Dies Only Once...

A Revenge Honey "Top 5 Revenge Deaths" List by Linnie, with a Head Honey Kat Addition!

What makes a horror death memorable? Is it the blood and gore? Is it the performance of the actor? Or is it something more, something intangible that just leaves you shaken without a real reason why? In the world of revenge cinema, you see a LOT of death, and not all of it is that interesting. But sometimes, you will see a life taken that etches into your memory and never lets go, and those are the kind of movie deaths that you talk about.

Today's Revenge Wednesday list is comprised of four of my favorite, non-castration revenge movie deaths (you can see THOSE here), along with a fifth choice from Head Honey Kat. Each is brutal and beautiful in its own terrifying way, but they are all utterly unforgettable.

I Saw the Devil ~ Kyung-chul is accidentally decapitated by his own family...

I Saw the Devil is, unequivocally, one of the best revenge films of all time. It is brutal, heart-breaking, disgusting, challenging, and has one of the most deplorable horror villains in the history of forever. With all that being said, villain Kyung-chul (Min-sik Choi) receives exactly the kind of ending he deserves... one full of poetic irony and abject misery. I don't think I've ever been so satisfied seeing a horror villain die, or so conflicted.

Léon: The Professional ~ Gary go BOOM.

Luc Besson's The Professional is one of the first revenge films I remember seeing that featured a truly badass leading lady: and she was a 12-year-old girl named Mathilda. Mathilda (played by Natalie Portman) connects with brutal contract killer Léon (Jean Reno) in order to take down the man (Gary Oldman) that murdered her entire family. Mathilda learns the tricks of the assassin trade, and becomes Léon's protégée. As far as family revenge films go, The Professional is still a gold standard, and Gary's explodo-death at the end will always be a favorite.

Dead Man's Shoes ~ Paddy Considine takes "one down" with an axe

Dead Man's Shoes is without a doubt one of the most upsetting revenge films I've ever seen, and that is indeed a compliment. Just returned from active duty, we follow Richard (Paddy Considine) as he takes revenge on the brutes that tormented his mentally challenged younger brother while he was away. With his brother by his side, Richard's first kill is unflinching, and sets the tone for the rest of the film. By the time the film's twist reveals itself, you will realize the clues have been there all along, but you were too wrapped up in the story to realize it. THAT is the mark of an excellent movie.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 ~ O-Ren Ishi loses her head...

I've never made any secret of the fact I am NOT Quentin Tarantino's biggest fan (read one of my rants here), but there is no question that the Kill Bill series features some of the best revenge-based death in cinema history. While my favorite scene in the two films involves Daryl Hannah's Elle Driver losing her last good eye, we never actually see her death. So with that in mind, my second has to be the fight between the Bride (Uma Thurman) and O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), in which an epic sword battle ensues and Ishii loses her head. The blood against the snow is beautiful, and like him or not, it's a gorgeously choreographed scene.

Titus ~ Death at dinner: Emperor Saturninus and Empress Tamora
~Head Honey

Titus is a revenge film that's fairly unflinching in its translation of one of the Bard's oft forgotten plays, and it's one of my personal favorites (check out a tandem review of its deliciousness HERE). While it was extremely difficult to choose a death scene, nothing fully personifies the anger and vengeance of the titular character more so than the death of Emperor Saturnine and his Empress. While the original play is simplistic in its description of the revenge meted out, director Julie Taymor appears to have taken great relish in depicting the well deserved deaths of Rome's wastrel Emperor at the hands of Titus' oldest son, and the death of his vicious Empress, Tamora. Killed by Titus after tricking the Empress into eating a meat pie made from the remains of her murdered sons, she is then stabbed in the throat with a serving fork after discovering the origins of the pie meat. After witnessing the death of his father, Titus' eldest son, Lucius takes a massive silver serving spoon in hand and forces the utensil down the throat of the Emperor, shoots him, and then spits on the lifeless body. The irony of the "born with a silver spoon" adage is not lost here. Plus, the bastards had it coming. 

Open wide!
Do YOU have a favorite revenge film death?
Tell me on Twitter: @linnieloowho