Sometimes horror characters are faced with such terrifying atrocities, that they feel death is the only escape. A while ago, I started a series of the best moments where a horror movie character knew there was no escape and ended up accepting their fates. Whether it’s a sacrifice, suicide, or an overall acceptance of death, these are the ‘I’m dead and I know it’ moments that truly had an impact on me. If you enjoy this series, please check out part 1 and let me know who should be added to the list! (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SENSITIVE MATERIAL!!) (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!)
Bat And Doc – Stake Land 2: The Stakelander
For 10 years, Bat (A.C. Peterson) and Doc (Steven Williams) have not only survived the vampire apocalypse, they built a sanctuary for other survivors and lived in peace. After coming across their friend, Mister (Nick Damici) and his friend Martin (Connor Paolo), the couple welcomed them with open arms. Unfortunately, Mister and Martin were being hunted down by The Mother (Kristina Hughes) of vampires and her loyal clan. With their sanctuary infiltrated, Martin and Mister decided to make their final stand so the rest of survivors could escape. Bat and Doc had the chance to escape too, but they couldn’t just leave their dear friend behind, so they stood their ground too. After their UV shields were destroyed, Bat and Doc found themselves trapped in the kitchen with a bunch of vampires knocking down the door. When they realized there was no other option, they shared one last kiss, lit the match, and blew those bats back to Hell!
Uncle Bob – Hatchet II
Uncle Bob (Tom Holland) had absolutely no clue how horrid his fate would be after befriending a man like Sampson Dunstan (Robert Englund). After Sampson was killed in Honey Island Swamp, his daughter, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) was hellbent on finding his body and taking revenge on his killer , Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). Against Bob’s wishes, Marybeth recruited the help of Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd), who put a bounty on Crowley’s head. Little did everyone know, the only thing Zombie was interested in was ending Crowley’s curse once and for all and reopening the swamp for his boat tour business. Zombie believed the curse would end when Crowley killed the three men responsible for his death: Sampson, Sampson’s brother, and their friend, Trent (R.A. Mihailoff). Unfortunately for Bob, Zombie mistook him for Sampson’s real brother, who died many years prior. So, while hunting for Crowley, Bob took a hit to the head, and that gave Zombie enough time to trap him in the house to be butchered by Crowley. Bob tried to escape, but once he faced Crowley, he knew he wasn’t going to survive. He didn’t go down without a fight though! He raised his fists and fought till the very end!
Andy – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
A simple road trip to a Lyndyrd Skynyrd concert landed Andy (Mike Vogel) and his friends on the Hewitt family’s radar. After one of his friends, Kemper (Eric Balfour) was taken, Andy and Erin (Jessica Biel) infiltrated the Hewitt residence to find him. This backfired when Leatherface (Andrew Brybiarski) was called to chase after them. Erin got away but Andy wasn’t so lucky. He lost one of his legs to Leatherface’s chainsaw and he was carried to the basement for more torture. To ensure no escape, Leatherface stuck him on a meathook and left him to suffer. When Erin found him again, he was barely hanging on. She tried to help, but he realized he wasn’t leaving that basement alive. With no other option, he begged Erin to kill him and end his suffering. Erin of course didn’t want to do it, but she eventually came to the same conclusion that she didn’t have any other choice. He begged and begged until she finally stabbed and mercy-killed him.
Amanda Dunfrey, Dan Miller, And Irene Reppler – The Mist
After a strange mist took over a little town, many of the residents ended up trapped in a supermarket, afraid of the strange creatures lurking outside. Among the residents was David Drayton (Thomas Jane), a man who not only discovered what was happening first, but became the unofficial leader and idea man. The other threat was Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), who convinced most of the group that the mist was God’s work and that there needed to be a sacrifice to make the creatures go away. With danger arising in the market, David decided to take his car, drive as far as he could, and hopefully clear the mist. A small group went with him, but only David, his son, Billy (Nathan Gamble), Amanda (Laurie Holden), Irene (Frances Sternhagen), and Dan (Jeffrey DeMunn) safely made it to the car. They drove as far as they could, but the car eventually ran out of gas and they were smack-dab in the middle of the mist. They were faced with the choice to either be eaten by the creatures, or use the gun they had to take the painless way out. With only four bullets left, David volunteered to stay behind. They all shared a moment of silent goodbyes before each life was taken. It was such an impactful and heartbreaking moment, considering help arrived not 2 minutes after they died.
Alan Russell – Oculus
Alan Russell (Rory Cochrane) was a typical suburban dad living the good life with his wife and kids. Unfortunately, a purchase of a strange mirror flipped his and his family’s lives on their heads. Alan was immediately affected by the mirror, being seduced by one of the mirror’s previous victims. The mirror started to change both parents, causing him to do whatever the mirror commands and causing his wife, Marie (Katee Sackhoff) to become a feral, psychotic monster. With the kids, Tim (Garrett Ryan) and Kaylie (Annalise Basso) trapped, they decided to maneuver around their now psychotic parents and try to destroy the mirror. This doesn’t work as dad, with his gun, cornered them. After a good hit to the hand, Alan dropped the gun and Tim had the upper hand. Now, this could be interpreted in different ways, but I personally believe the real Alan came back as he looked back at his son pointing the gun at him. He dropped to his knees and placed his own hand on the trigger. He gave Tim one final word, Run, before shooting himself. He did what he needed to do to protect his children and make sure the mirror never influenced him again.