Nothing quite gets audiences talking like an awesome death scene - get one right and fans will still be fondly remembering it decades later.
But the tricky nature of filmmaking often means that planned death scenes don't get shot and released in quite the way that the filmmakers originally intended.
While this is often just part of the creative process, there are certainly times where audiences have been denied the opportunity to witness a director's full creative vision for a cinematic death.
The reasons can be myriad: perhaps the studio panicked over its out-there content, maybe it didn't go over well with the ever-dubious "test audiences," or practical concerns could've prevented it from being shot at all.
Whatever the cause, these 10 movie deaths were all supposed to be much more violent, inventive, clever, and maybe even funny. In the end, we had to settle for alternates which ranged from pretty great to massively underwhelming.
Though a few of the original death scenes have been mercifully released in rough form on home video, many of them remain imprisoned on a studio hard drive somewhere, if they were even shot in the first place...
10. Kim Jong-Un - The Interview
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's no-holds-barred political satire The Interview concludes in suitably over-the-top fashion as Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) is killed when his helicopter is shot with a tank shell by Dave Skylark (James Franco).
It's a shocking, brutal, and perversely funny death scene - set to a tender cover of Katy Perry's "Firework" as it is - albeit one which was actually supposed to be far more graphic.
The infamous Sony Pictures hack ahead of the movie's release revealed that Rogen and Goldberg faced a battle from Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai over the nature of the climactic death, with Hirai insisting that a clear shot of Jong-un's exploding head be altered before release.
Seeing no end to the fight otherwise, the directors agreed to obscure the despot's head with flames, while also removing fire from his hair and darkening the faint visible blood to make it seem less "realistic."
Sadly the original scene has never been released to the public, but it sure sounds even more provocative than what we ended up with.