100 Best Kills: Decapattack! (2020)

This year’s Fantastic Fest at the Alamo Drafthouse is quite different than any before, as folks are virtually watching it. But for a dedicated homebody like me, this has been a great experience, getting to see so many of the movies I usually only read about and find later at the same time as others.

All of this fun should be shared. You can get a free Alamo On-Demand account to watch Fantastic Fest 2020 from home.

Kicking things off was this live event, which is still streaming, in which you can watch a hundred of the best on-screen deaths of all time, mainly concentrating on — if the title didn’t clue you in — heads being ripping clean off bodies.

A glorious assault on the sense, this Zack Carlson-hosted clip fest is filled with both big budget and small ticket films. Here’s a quick burst of the ones I was able to figure out, as well as some blank spots that you might help me fill in.

  1. Deadly Friend
  2. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky: If you’re looking for the all-time head-smashing champion, this is it. More people have seen the clips of this film than the full movie, which is a shame. Just seeing a few moments of its gore-soaked excess was enough to lift my mind out of the post-debate doldrums.
  3. There was an astounding clip of a man begging a woman to kill him, with his head being cut off and then her stabbing him through the head until his brain crawled out and began walking by itself…
  4. The Greasy Strangler
  5. Hereditary: A big-budget head-ripper.
  6. Body parts of kids being dropped into a swimming pool.
  7. Dawn of the Dead
  8. Day of the Dead
  9. The Omen: If you’re going to show a head getting chopped off, you can’t skip this one.
  10. Deep Red: One of my favorite deaths in a film, the death by elevator in this scene stands, um, heads and shoulders above many of the other lift kills that were shown.
  11. A Bay of Blood: Bava forever!
  12. Bad Taste: To be followed by…
  13. Braindead: Man, Peter Jackson made some bonkers movies, huh?
  14. Evil Dead 2: Always perfect.
  15. Total Recall: Probably the most kills I’ve ever seen in a big budget film.
  16. Alien: Oh, Bishop.
  17. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  18. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  19. The Thing
  20. Aguirre, The Wrath of God
  21. The Godfather: An appearance by an animal — instead of human — cranium being torn off.
  22. Silent Night, Deadly Night: To be fair, the sledding head lopping could also come from Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2, where it was recycled.
  23. Pieces: Again, all it takes is ten seconds of this movie to put a smile on my face.
  24. Nightmare
  25. Intruder
  26. A scene here shows a cop get a piece of wood through the face before he gets decapitated and I have no idea what it’s from, but it’s awesome.
  27. Chopping Mall: Pure joy as always.
  28. Street Trash
  29. Maniac
  30. Return of the Living Dead
  31. Reanimator
  32. An American Werewolf In London
  33. Final Destination 2
  34. The Prowler
  35. Wild at Heart
  36. Several Friday the 13th kills, starting with Betsey Palmer losing her head,  Jason taking out paintball camo kids in Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI and the boxing scene from Jason Takes Manhattan and finally the astounding frozen face scene in Jason X
  37. A shot on video kill I can’t place
  38. A second shot on video kill I can’t figure out
  39. A mutant tearing off a man’s head in the woods.
  40. A guy in an Aztec outfit killing a woman with a snake and a knife
  41. Killing Spree: A man kills a mohawked woman and throws her head at an old man
  42. Multiple scenes from Highlander
  43. As well as Highlander 2: The Quickening
  44. Speed
  45. Tales from the Hood
  46. The Mummy
  47. Resident Evil
  48. Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (thanks Cinema Strikes!)
  49. Rambo 4
  50. Predator
  51. Robotrix
  52. Raiders of Atlantis
  53. A man with a cyborg hand killing people
  54. Dead Heat: I am so happy that this movie is finally getting some notice!
  55. A post-apocalyptic swordfight.
  56. The Running Man
  57. Conan the Barbarian
  58. She: Another movie I’m so excited to have more people get down with!
  59. Four movies in a row where motorcycle riders get their heads cut off, starting with a guy on a green bike losing his head…
  60. An entire gang losing their heads all at once…
  61. A motorcycle hitting a bus, which causes a massive crash
  62. An Indian man on a bicycle whose loose head lands on the hood of a fancy car.
  63. Death Race 2000
  64. Two fancy men in a car with a giant knife that emerges from the door and drops two kids’ heads in a basket.
  65. Warriors of the Wasteland
  66. Caligula
  67. The Lift
  68. Tammy and the T-Rex
  69. A Rambo ripoff in a POW camp with a decapitation
  70. A guy on a raft getting chopped in half by a plane
  71. Bone Tomahawk
  72. An Aztec sacrifice with a head tumbling down the steps…is this Apocalypto?
  73. The Patriot
  74. A guy’s head getting cut off by a pane of glass and then hitting a car window while kids watch.
  75. A white sports car hits a kid on a bike and backs up over him, then two girls take polaroids of the bloody accident.
  76. Multiple men are lifted into a ceiling fan and beheaded.
  77. Hobo with a Shotgun
  78. Punks killing an old man with a bumper car
  79. The Sender
  80. Someone cleaning out a tractor when an evil goat mentally shoves him into it. UPDATE: This is from Deadline.
  81. Empire of the Dark
  82. An Asian film with lots of smoke and a man puking as a flying head attacks.
  83. Master of the Flying Guillotine
  84. Boxer’s Omen
  85. Devil Fetus
  86. Infra-Man: Yes!
  87. A ninja slicing off the head of a security guard.
  88. A white ninja slicing the head off of a black one.
  89. An Asian man with a mullet and mustache flipping out on some henchmen before one of them emerges to kill a bandaged man with a katana.
  90. Raw Force: I think!
  91. Audition
  92. Battle Royale
  93. Tag
  94. An Indian man, a popcorn machine and a carnival ride that kills people.
  95. A guy’s head going back and falling off.
  96. Bones
  97. The Fury: John Cassavetes getting blown up for money.
  98. Killer Klowns from Outer Space
  99. A monster throwing a man’s head into a bowl of soup.
  100. A baseball player’s head getting chopped off.
  101. The Hangover 3
  102. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  103. UHF
  104. Scanners
  105. If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?

That’s all I can figure out. This was a blast and I’m basically posting this in the hopes that others will help me fill in the blanks and let me know where I was wrong!

2 thoughts on “100 Best Kills: Decapattack! (2020)

  1. 6 is Let the Right One In, I believe 60 is 13 Sins, 72 is indeed Apocalypto, 75 is The Toxic Avenger, 89 is Samurai Cop, 95 is Mindhunters, and that’s all I got. I also made a Letterboxd list of all of the recognized ones so far. https://boxd.it/8S5j4


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