Whenever people find out I write about horror films for a living, I always get the same question: "why do you like that stuff?"

Depending on my mood, the answer can be philosophical, snarky, or just plain honest. The honest answer is that I take a perverse glee in watching people die horribly in pretend circumstances. I admire the ingenuity of the screenwriters who come up with awful ways to send people to the afterlife, the FX technicians who bring these horrible visions to the screen, and the actors and directors who work so hard to give them emotional impact (or in some cases, just gross us out). There are no shortage of fantastic death scenes out there, and I'm going to be shining the spotlight on them in the weeks and months ahead. Hopefully some of these will pique your interest in seeing the films they came from--or if you've already viewed them, give you a fond trip down memory lane.

Jump past the break for my first clip, a segment from Lucio Fulci's classic 1980 Italian horror flick, City of the Living Dead.
categories Features, Horror