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Another Top 10 Unexpected Movie Deaths

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Akil Goin.

Did NOT see that one coming (again). In this video, counts down our picks for ANOTHER Top 10 Unexpected Movie Deaths. For this list, we're looking at characters we didn't expect to die, whether we liked them, knew them, or not. Leave your storytelling rules and character development at the door, because no one's safe from fatality here. If you didn't see a death you thought should be here, then make sure to check out our first Top 10 Unexpected Movie Deaths video. Oh, and also, spoiler alert. Obviously.

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Script written by Akil Goin.

Another Top 10 Unexpected Movie Deaths

Did NOT see that one coming (again). Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for ANOTHER Top 10 Unexpected Movie Deaths.

For this list, we’re looking at characters we didn’t expect to die, whether we liked them, knew them, or not. Leave your storytelling rules and character development at the door, because no one’s safe from fatality here. If you didn’t see a death you thought should be here, then make sure to check out our first Top 10 Unexpected Movie Deaths video. Oh, and also, spoiler alert. Obviously.

#10: Bonnie Blue Butler
“Gone with the Wind” (1939)

A precocious baby girl is born to Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, and she grows up fast enough to make horseback-riding a hobby. It’s a little levity in comparison to her parents’ rocky relationship, which has the two discussing her like a cross between custody battle bait and the last tie that binds them. Aww, Bonnie’s about to show off with a jump! Aaaaand she’s dead. Shockingly, not only does a cute kid get killed, but Scarlett suffers this trauma immediately following a miscarriage.

#9: M
“Skyfall” (2012)

You better believe this death is unexpected, because Judi Dench’s M had been a fixture of the Bond film franchise for nearly two decades. She might just be one of the few proud matriarchs in the series that was respected without any need for violence or sensuality. The death was such a shocker that fans still voice their hopes for her return in some capacity, like a flashback or ghostly apparition. Fortunately, the death scene was played with the dignity the character deserved.

#8: Calvin J. Candie
“Django Unchained” (2012)

It’s surprising enough that a handshake can be a source of such dread and conflict after all the ghastly things the characters have suffered through in “Django Unchained.” But not even the most elitist, cinema savvy film critic can claim they foretold Candie’s death here; it was literally a trick up Dr. King Schultz’s sleeve. When it comes to shock deaths and violence, if there’s anything to expect of director Quentin Tarantino, it’s the unexpected.

#7: Phillip Coulson
“The Avengers” (2012)

Marvel moviegoers know Phil Coulson well, as the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent that makes appearances the way Stan Lee makes cameos, so by all measures of expectation he should be invincible. Furthermore, usually when one man holds another at gunpoint, it’s a one-way standoff to the other’s surrender, especially when the guy wielding the weapon starts making cool, confident monologues about what it’s capable of. But in a sci-fi superhero movie, anything can happen, and a teleport-kill is no exception to those possibilities.

#6: Spider
“GoodFellas” (1990)

Yes, we fully expect this young bartender to be teased and tormented by his wise guy patron Tommy DeVito, but trouble was clearly AFOOT the moment that gun started waving. In “GoodFellas,” the comedy of Joe Pesci’s wild antics is dark, but still manageable. The death, however, was a twisted shocker, even with the awkward silence that follows Spider’s only attempt to defend himself. When Tommy DeVito loses it, this murder is as swift as his wrath is furious, and the audience isn’t the only one surprised.

#5: Dets. Christopher Danson & P.K. Highsmith
“The Other Guys” (2010)

The scenes featuring Detectives Danson and Highsmith are worth the price of admission, but not because they’re played by A-list actors or because they get much screen-time. They get the job done and leave destruction in their wake on every assignment because they’re real action heroes. See, they’ll leap from buildings in a single bound… Wait - maybe they’re not so good at the leaping-from-buildings thing. Point proven, these movie cop hotshots don’t even die by the rules.

#4: Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes
“L.A. Confidential” (1997)

Corrupt police Captain Dudley Smith offs narcotics detective Sergeant Jack Vincennes in a quick, surprising moment that you could have missed if you blinked. It’s rare to see a death scene come so casually, but delivering it with coffee is one creative way to go about it. The kill off of one of “L.A. Confidential”’s protagonists and leads is disorienting as is, but that gunshot was really unexpected. Even if you read the original novel before seeing the film, you’d still be surprised, because Vincennes doesn’t even die this way.

#3: Theresa ‘Tracy’ Mills
“Se7en” (1995)

In “Seven,” Homicide Detectives Sommerset and Mills trail a serial killer through the seven deadly sins that serve as themes to each of his grisly murders. The killer confesses to beheading Mills’ pregnant wife Tracy out of envy for the life he lives, thus goading Mills to exact the 7th sin of wrath upon him. Tracy’s death is so shocking that seeing evidence of it on screen isn’t necessary. The audience and characters know exactly what’s in that cardboard box and the tragic reaction to this information is the ultimate psychological horror.

#2: Dr. Malcolm Crowe
“The Sixth Sense” (1999)

High on our list is the surprise ending that ushered in a new fad of thriller movie storytelling for a few years following its release, with the revelation that Bruce Willis’ character Dr. Crowe wasn’t actually alive for the entire film. Crowe is shocked, and we’re shocked to learn through flashbacks that he died long before he could play therapist to his little ghost whisperer friend. The goose bumps are real when we’re handed this scene of Crowe putting two and two together.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are some honorable mentions:
- Junior
“Panic Room” (2002)
- The Cat
“The Boondock Saints” (1999)
- Gabriel Edward Martin
“The Patriot” (2000)
- Terry Chaney
“Final Destination” (2000)
- Rachel Dawes
“The Dark Knight” (2008)

#1: Bill Murray
“Zombieland” (2009)

Leave it to Bill Murray, or a subtle parody of his unaffected self, to dress up as a zombie so that he could live a normal, quiet golfer’s life among the infected populace. It’s a funny way to be meta with his celebrity, made even funnier when he tries to play a prank on Jesse Eisenberg’s Columbus, who shoots him to death over the misunderstanding. It’s Bill Murray, after all. Not a movie character but a real person, so he can’t die, can he? Surprise, he can.

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