10. Shark-Bait - Deep Blue Sea
Starting with one of the less intensely explicit entries on this list, the death scene selected from 1999's kitschy killer shark sci-fi thriller Deep Blue Sea is iconic for more than mere gore.
Ultra-violent but also pretty brief, this gnarly sequence sees Pulp Fiction star/ usually intimidating presence Samuel L Jackson’s short-lived soliloquy interrupted when a hyper-intelligent genetically engineered shark he's trying to hunt down leaps out behind him and turns the Tarantino mainstay into a light snack
That's right: Samuel L Jackson, chomped in two, mid-sentence.
It's a stellar jump scare with a shocking narrative pay-off, and one which earns a place in the pantheon of sci-fi horror deaths thanks to how utterly unexpected this gasp-inducing moment is.
Now bear in mind that whilst this scene may have a little less blood on show than the rest of this list, it came at the height of Jackson's fame after he spent a decade building the onscreen image of an unf*ck-with-able badass. The star was initially uncertain about the scene until the film's director/ Exorcist series ruiner Renny Harlin insisted "but if you die, then no one is safe!"
And that's exactly what this gruesome scene achieves, leaving the audience on edge and uncertain for the rest of the runtime as what was initially a relatively corny slice of sci-fi horror quits the hokey games and turns to a surprisingly scary survival thriller.