Sam’s Top 5 Dead Bodies in Movies

We’re fascinated by and fear death. We never want this crazy ride to end! To escape is one of the many reasons why we watch movies and to see what someone else’s life is like for awhile, but what happens after the character on screen dies? Usually they are left behind in some room by the hero and they are forgotten, but what happens when the situation isn’t so tidy and convenient? What if you have to hide that body before going on with your life? Or worst yet, you have to pretend that the dead body in your arms is a living, breathing person? There have been several movies that feature actors portraying dead people getting into shenanigans with living people. This list celebrates those actors’ stiff performances. Sorry.

Goonies5. That Guy in the Freezer Full of Ice Cream in THE GOONIES (1985) - We all remember that scene. Chunk (Jeff Cohen) has had it with his adventuring buddies. He wants out of the Fratellis’ abandoned restaurant hideout, but just as he’s about to exit he smells… ice cream! He finds a walk-in freezer and proceeds to inventory all the flavors before realizing he’s sharing the tiny, cold room with a body with a bullet hole in its head! Gulp!

Sin City4. Benicio Del Toro as Jackie Boy in SIN CITY (2005) - After Miho (Devon Aoki) chops Jackie Boy’s gun hand off with her Samurai sword, he pries his weapon from its dead fingers and takes aim at Miho and fires. Unfortunately, she jammed the barrel, causing the slide to explode and impale itself into Jackie Boy’s forehead! Ouch! The subsequent scene where Dwight (Clive Owen) is driving Jackie’s body to the tar pits and imagining it to still be alive and wheezing is a classic.

Killer Klowns3. John Vernon as Curtis Mooney in KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988) - What do you do when you’re the only cop left to watch the station amidst a killer klown outbreak? Well, if you’re Curtis Mooney you leave the phone off the hook, pour some booze into a Styrofoam cup and let the trouble come to you. After being strangled by a blowout noisemaker, Mooney’s body is transformed into a macabre ventriloquist dummy. Shudder! (more…)