NOT SAFE FOR WORK: 13 Gruesome Decapitations

13 Gruesome DecapitationsTypically I’d line an article of this nature up with a nifty little introduction. This time around, I’m just going to hit you with something of a disclaimer: Compiling this list was extremely challenging. There are countless scenes depicting heads being severed from bodies, in countless different pictures.

And quite a few of them could easily be considered strong enough to make this list. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference. You’re likely to agree with some of these choices (there’re a few safe calls, I admit), and you’re probably just as likely to disagree with a few.

If you’re feeling as though I missed a masterpiece, drop a line. Who doesn’t love watching cranial destruction?

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Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan: Let’s first acknowledge the fact that there are a number of severed heads that have flown about in the presence of a Voorhees. Pamela’s own noggin went flying in the first rendering of this never ending story, and some wild hillbilly lunatic’s was sent sailing through the evening sky after Hockey Face got tired of his high-pitched dirt bike and feminine screams for his mommy in the fifth outing. And without really breaking it all down, I’m certain a few others lost their tops after inadvertently stumbling upon the murderous Voorhees familia. But none scream such volumes of awesomeness as that of Julius Gaw, who actually got his melon obliterated during a session of fisticuffs with the iconic slasher. That’s right, an actual fist fight… which Julius was winning prior to the come-from-behind haymaker Jason landed. Ironic that the only character in the entire film that seemed to have a hint of a personality drifting about in his head eventually had it punched right off his shoulders without the slightest regard.

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  • shallowcuts

    first one of i thought of was the omen one.
    gruesome no, just memorable i guess.
    a couple of others-
    woman in midnight meat train
    ash in alien.

    • frank_dracman

      Good call on Midnight Meat Train! The movie was ok, but couldn’t live up to that opening sequence. One of the most creative beheadings, for sure.

  • Steve Barton

    Guys these are just 13 not the best ever. Sheesh! There’s just no pleasing you cats sometimes.

    • frank_dracman

      I wouldn’t have a problem with it but the whole NSFW title was totally unnecessary. They were just stills, nothing you wouldn’t see in a Fangoria. Now if there were Youtube links or something, then it would merit the title.

      And Re-animator really should have been on the list. So there.

      • Steve Barton

        Believe it or not people actually write in and complain about certain images that could be considered R rated because they browse from work. It’s more of a courtesy thing than anything else, and proof that we have devolved into a nation of absolute pussies.

        • Terminal

          That’s very true, creepy.

          Truth told, the only entry I thought was gruesome was the Haute Tension decapitation with the dad. That said, the list has decapitations, just not gruesome ones.

        • GODFLESH69

          Yeah like douches calling me out for not being PC about a comment i made about an “actresse’s” weight awhile back ,this is a horror site not a pussy convention!

          • Cinemascribe

            Says the oversensitive pussy still whining about it a month later.

          • frank_dracman

            Now now, let’s keep the gloves up, gentleman.

          • GODFLESH69

            Speak of the bitch and he appears!,we can call you PUSSYMAN! I’m not the one that threw a bitch fit when someone made a comment about Precious that offended him and proceeded to take his time to try to list her every meaningless accomplishment , pathetic twat!

          • MonsterMash

            And as prophesized, the DC comments section descended into the mindless atrocity of internet quarreling, such to the extent that the difference between when compared to that of youtube was indiscernible.

          • GODFLESH69

            You’re right it’s childish if Scribe wants to get his panties all twisted because of a simple “insensitive” comment that’s on him, squashed!,carry on.

          • Terminal

            Man and society still has little respect for the horror genre. I wonder why.

  • Terminal

    Using the term “gruesome” very loosely, here.


    Does the Scanners blown up head count? Another great one was the Dr Channard decapitation in Hellraiser 2 that was sick!

  • kiddcapone

    Another day, another seemingly arbitrary baffling Top something list….

    Some no brainers that should be there…

    American Werewolf in London
    Friday the 13th
    Dog Soldiers
    2001 Maniacs

    • frank_dracman

      Yeah, Re-animator really should have been on here. I wonder if these “NSFW” articles get more page views than others. You know, the kids love things they’re not supposed to have.