10 Movie Punishments Worse Than Death

To die, or to be stuck as a undead monster-fish for all eternity?

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Death isn't the worse thing that can happen to you in a lifetime. Unfortunately, there's plenty out there that proves that leaving this mortal coil is preferable to some of the more creative suffering you can go through on this Earth - like getting earwigs put into your brain turns to mush, or watching the Alone in the Dark movie.

And of course, on screen, this gets ramped up to the maximum, with evil villains and carefully planned plot devices coming together to truly punish characters in the most nightmarish of ways. TV show Black Mirror has done this best over the years, condemning an immortal consciousness to live in a teddy bear, putting criminals in thousand year time loops, and drawing out characters' very worst fears to make them an insane reality.

But what about movies then? What fates have been thrust upon those in films that got them reaching for the cyanide pill? We already know about physical torture and exploitation movies - and no-one wants to remember The Human Centipede - but what psychological torment and seemingly PG destinies would actually be worse than just straight up popping your clogs?

From drawing out scenes until we beg for mercy to trapping characters in terrifying supernatural prisons, there's an alarming amount of choice...

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