Ever been watching a movie and found yourself chuckling at something that would, in real life, be completely inappropriate to laugh at? Take on-screen deaths, for instance. Sometimes, it’s just not possible to not burst out into inappropriate laughter and we get that, especially when it comes to these cinematic passings which are more on the hilarious side.
Live and Let Explode (Live and Let Die)
How this one made it into the final cut of a James Bond film without someone pausing to question whether or not it was a bit too ridiculous is beyond us, but we’re dang sure glad it wasn’t left on the editing room floor! Bond, played by Roger Moore, finds himself in a heated battle with the villainous drug lord, Dr. Katanga. The two awkwardly tussle themselves into a nearby shark tank where Bond thinks quick and shoves a shark gun pellet into his rival’s mouth. Katanga proceeds to literally inflate like a balloon, floats upward out of the water and explodes when he hits the ceiling. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary there…
Roadkill (Meet Joe Black)
The 3-hour Fantasy/Drama, Meet Joe Black is not, in any way, a comedy. But the moment you watch a youthful Brad Pitt meet one of cinema’s most hilarious deaths to date, you kind of forget about the drama part. While there is typically nothing funny about a man being hit by a car, let alone 2, watching Pitt’s body bounce from one windshield to the other like a twisted game of pong is a lot funnier than it probably should be.
Deagle, Deagle, Deagle (Gremlins)
The Christmas dark comedy Gremlins features some truly iconic scenes, such as an overly morbid telling of why one character hates the holiday season; but there’s one specific happening that fills us with Christmas cheer every time we watch it. The curmudgeonly Mrs. Deagle proves to be a thorn in the side of every resident of Kingston Falls, but all of that changes when one green meany toys with the wiring of her chair lift, sending the old Betty zooming up her spiral staircase and through a second story window. Even for a movie as silly as Gremlins, watching Mrs. Deagle catch that kind of air is ridiculously face-palming, but still one of the funniest additions to cinemas most hilarious death scenes.
Look Both Ways (Night of the Dead)
Sometimes, a movie suffers from budgetary constraints. When that’s the case, the viewer is often treated to wonderful masterpieces like this gem of a death scene in the 2006 b-horror film Night of the Dead. You don’t need much of a set-up for this plot-advancing screen - just that it’s cinematic gold. As the mother-daughter combination fail to look both ways while passing a driveway, a rather inept driver crashes right into them. Cue a choppy scene change to lifeless dummies being thrown at the car while the driver does literally nothing to avoid running over the pair, and this is the kind of cheese you are left with.
Soda Kills (Maximum Overdrive)
They say soda kills! That’s something they say, right? Well, regardless of if they actually do or not, for the purposes of Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, they do. The black comedy follows the incredible events that unfold after a comet passes over Earth, giving life to otherwise inanimate objects. One such object winds up being a soda vending machine that takes vengeance out on an unsuspecting Little League team. While the movie is meant to have a comedic undertone, there’s just something about a grown man getting pelted with soda cans until he's dead that just tickles us.
Pee-Wee’s Final Bite (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Sporting silky hair and deadly fangs, Paul Reubens' role in the 1992 horror comedy flick Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a bit different from his iconic portrayal of the high-voiced Pee-Wee Herman. As Rutger Hauer's vampiric assistant Amilyn, Reubens delivered a memorable performance topped by a death scene fit for such a comedy. Near the film's climax, a one-armed Amilyn comes face-to-face with a well-trained Buffy, who effortlessly stakes her brooding foe. As his master serenades the audience on a violin, Reubens delivers a near 30-second death scene filled with pained grunts that practically mock the tragedy of his situation.
Enlightening Michael Cera (This is the End)
The apocalyptic dark comedy This is the End is a riot fest from start to finish, making it incredibly difficult to pinpoint which celebrity death deserved a spot in this installment. While James Franco's demise at the hands of the cannibalistic Danny McBride earns a mention, it's coked-out Michael Cera's impalement that gets us every time. Oblivious to the death and destruction surrounding him, Cera launches into a tirade about his missing cell phone - until the hellish forces at work send the business end of a street light right through his chest. It's not a total loss for him, though - as his bloodied, gory body is being lifted into the air, just before he's dropped into the depths of hell, his mobile device rings from his back pocket.
You’re the Rocket Man (The Rock)
There’s nothing less fitting for a death scene than someone bringing up Elton John’s “Rocket Man” right before it … unless of course, it’s a line delivered by Nicolas Cage and he’s about to fire a rocket into the gut of one of his hardened enemies. Fitting into the norms of the typical action hero, Cage’s Stanley Goodspeed takes the opportunity before killing Tony Todd’s Captain Darrow to chit chat, bringing up the topic of… music? Sure, he doesn’t actually care if his opponent enjoys Elton John, but who wouldn’t take the opportunity before brutally murdering someone to come up with a witty pun involving classic rock?
Bill Murray's Funhouse (Zombieland)
At the end of the world, there is one thing you can likely bet will still survive - Bill Murray's sense of humor. The horror comedy Zombieland tackled just this notion when the surviving quartet found themselves in the actor's opulent estate. As Woody Harrelson's Tallahassee and Emma Stone's Wichita find out, the actor survived the apocalypse by dressing and acting like a zombie. In a stroke of true Murray genius, the actor, who plays himself, decides to play a little joke on Jesse Eisenberg's Columbus and Abigail Breslin's Little Rock. Murray proceeds to sneak up on the unsuspecting pair, groaning as if fully zombified. The state of the world and Murray's accurate zombie-like portrayal leads to an outcome that is both tragic for Murray fans and outright hilarious to the rest of the viewers. In a panic, Columbus shoots the actor in the stomach, who then proceeds to slowly die in true comedic fashion.
When You Gotta Go (Jurassic Park)
The incredible romp through the failed Jurassic Park featured enough death to appease a more morbid crowd, but there’s one unfortunate passing that we can’t help but roll over laughing at. Shortly after the towering T-Rex escapes its paddock, the bloodsucking lawyer Donald Gennaro, portrayed by Martin Ferrero, runs and hides in a nearby bathroom. Piling on to the already hilarious situation of Gennaro’s overt “bravery,” the prehistoric beast eventually plows into the bathroom shack, leaving the lawyer out in the open, cowering on the only standing remnants of the lavatory - a porcelain throne. With the opportunity of a free meal in front of it, the Rex clamps the unfortunate lawyer in its jaws. What a crappy way to die.