I say the one in scanners. I heard there’s a really famous one in the movie Maniac or something but I’ve never seen it.
Here is the famous scene. It earns the distinction of being one of the movies Gene Siskel walked out on.
Um…Indy of course.
Recently the one in The Proposal.
@Ben, how did you put the video on the page
whoa that was terrible!
Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly has a pretty good head explosion in it too.
I second Scanners. What a great introduction to Michael Ironside’s character.
Scanners takes it but I seem to recall some good head splattering in Akira.
Not technically an explosion, but the diver’s head being bitten off in Lake Placid was pretty great.
Carter Wong’s head (and whole body) exploding in Big Trouble in Little China.
There’s gotta’ be some classics in ’70’s Japanese cinema but I’m drawing a blank.
Rocky and Bullwinkle beat me to it, but the one in The Proposition is pretty wild.
I know, Clay!!! It’s so gory it’s painful to watch!
Last House on the Left (remake)
The Hills Have Eyes (remake)
Wild At Heart
Dawn of the Dead
Freddy’s Dead: the Final Nightmare
And there was some early 90s or late 80s film where these guys are imprisoned and they are forced to where these neck collars that would explode if they escaped the facility – I THINK it had Rutger Hauer in it. This film had one of the best head explosions I’ve ever seen! If someone could identify this one, that’d be spectacular!
The best part about the one in The Proposition is how it comes out of nowhere. It’s just like, oh my god Guy Pearce has a spear through him! That looks painful! Oh my God that guy’s head just exploded!!
Ben you are righetous! Maniac houses the best head explosion. No one can compete with the special effects maestro Tom Savani
Brian Evans: WEDLOCK/DEADLOCK
Scanners, of course.
I think I will have a “head explosion” festival and watch all these films some night soon.
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The Proposition was pretty bad. What about head implosion? Irreversible in that case!
DePalma’s The Fury. Cassavetes head explosion is one for the ages!
Im shocked no one has mentioned the Story of Riki-oh yet (definitely NSFW material):
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I think the film Brian’s referring to is Stuart Gordon’s Fortress with Christopher Lambert. No Hauer in that though, perhaps he’s thinking of Salute of the Jugger, but I don’t think there’s any head explosions in that.
I got them all beat. Welcome the 80’s “classic” CHOPPING MALL:
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
That Chopping Mall bit is certainly the king of all. Hilarious.
Hollywood Babylon nailed it…the Riki-Oh film is the Emperor of Head Explosions….seriously Kai,you gotta see it to believe it….