There are few things quite as startling as when a flick
unexpectedly offs a character with no prior warning. Sure, many films take her
opposite approach and do well—a tense thriller can build toward a casualty
slowly and deliberately, amping up suspense before finally dropping the hammer
on the poor unfortunate soul, and the horror genre is infamous for dragging out
the demises of its cannon fodder for excruciating sequences before putting them
and the audience out of their shared misery.
But across all genres the sudden
surprise death is a ubiquitous trope infamous for shocking audiences, leaving
them unable to guess what’s coming next or whom amongst the central cast are
likely to survive. Popping in everything from gangster movies, to road movies,
to even the odd romance, there’s nothing quite like a brutal death out of nowhere
to leave viewers reeling and unsure what to expect next.
With this in mind, here are ten movie deaths we had no idea were coming, and the films which
blindsided is with them.