Horror is full of different ways to die. For the most part, though not always, death is the ultimate horror consequence, the one fate every character on-screen is desperately looking to avoid. Slasher movies amble around, racking up an enormous body count. Some entire franchises, such as Final Destination are predicated almost exclusively around dodging and evading death. While all death is bad, some kinds of death feel that much worse. Maybe rooted in childhood fears of girls with green ribbons.
Maybe it’s the not-so-comforting notion that brain activity can remain for several minutes post-death. Whatever it is, it’s likely decapitation, specifically is the worst kind of horror death. Quick, efficient, and common, it’s a horrifying concept.
One of the most frequent manners of death is beheading.
Perhaps one of horror’s most famous deaths, the beheading from The Omen is noteworthy for several reasons. First, given its year of release, it likely resonated as considerably more shocking to audiences than some more contemporary fare. Additionally, it all just feels so unexpected. Midway through, The Omen becomes something like an Indiana Jones movie. Gregory Peck’s Robert Thorn and David Warner’s photographer Keith Jennings travel to Rome to investigate the true origins of Robert’s son, the antichrist. While there, an errant truck rolls down a hill, and a sheet of glass slides off at the bottom, severing Keith’s head. It shatters the window behind him, a glorious spectacle of nasty, shocking gore in one of the genre’s best decapitations.