Top 10 Epic Death Scenes in Pinoy Movies

Mar 20, 2012 by

by Sasha Lim Uy | Published: Nov 4, 2011

Would Titanic last three months in the theater if Jack didn’t die? What about Kill Bill if Bill wasn’t killed?

Film fatalities can make or break any movie. Depending on the situation, there is nothing more gut-wrenching, more tear-jerking, or more comical than a nice, solid (fictional) death performed by capable actors. There’s more to it than closing your eyes and holding your breath for 30 seconds, though. Movie deaths require strategy, ingenuity, elbow grease, and a remarkable storyline.

We’re commemorating cinematic creativity by counting down the 10 best demises in local film history—and in the grand scheme of fictional deaths, we say, go out with a bang! After all, the worst that can happen is that you’ll run out of fake blood. From the gruesome to the heart-stopping, these fatalities are surely ones you’ll never forget.


Magnifico in Magnifico (2003)

Who: Jiro Manio
 Hit by a speeding car

With child-like determination, the impoverished Magnifico is dead set on making his ailing grandmother’s impending funeral as nice as it can be.

Before his grandmother passes on, however, a speeding car runs him over, killing him instantly. His funeral is a tear-jerking affair with dozens in attendance. What was supposed to be his grandmother’s funeral ends up being his own, including the colorful coffin he’d built with his own two hands.

Kristina in Sundo (2009)

Who: Katrina Halili
 Broiled in a sauna

If you find that this scene is reminiscent of the tanning bed deaths in Final Destination 3, you’re not alone. The entire film has Final Destination written all over it—from the horrific chain of deaths to the gruesome fatalities. Unconcerned by the deaths, Kristina goes to a spa. The rest is obvious—she finds herself locked inside a sauna and gets broiled to death.

Oreng/Goreng in Trudis Liit (1963, 1996)

Who: Connie Angeles/Agatha Tapan
 Killed by a pack of vicious dogs

After their mother flees and their father is blinded, sisters Trudis and Oreng ask the city’s wealthiest man for some financial support. Unwilling to help, the Don sets his dogs on the two. They attack Oreng and eventually kill her.

Incidentally, the original Oreng, Connie Angeles, is now executive director of the SM Foundation. Take that, German Shepherds!

Carmina in Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit (1991)

Who: Dawn Zulueta
 Died of emotional exhaustion

A woman can only take so much hurt, as demonstrated in this local version of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. After marrying a man she has lukewarm feelings for and watching her lover wed someone else, Carmina can take no more. With not enough strength even for suicide, Carmina drowns in her own flailing emotions and dies.

Eric in Ikaw (1993)

Who: Ariel Rivera
 Succumbed to cancer while on a boat ride

Cancer-stricken Eric is a composer with such professionalism that he struggles to finish a song even when he is seconds from death. Just as he is about to close his eyes, he opens them again to write a line, and another, then another. By the time he finishes, our tears are dry and our emotions are, well, dead.

Alice in Feng Shui (2004)

Who: Lotlot De Leon
 Fell into a truck of Red Horse beer

For this thriller, director Chito Roño had the idea of killing each victim in a manner related to their Chinese zodiac sign. With this premise fully laid out, audiences anticipated that Horse-born Alice would somehow die at the hands (hooves) of a four-legged mammal. But for five minutes, we watch Alice dodge a drunk man trying to whack her with an ironing board (locally called kabayo), we gasp as she falls off the balcony, and we groan as she lands onto—wait for it—bottles of Red Horse beer.

Narsing in Karnal (1983)

Who: Phillip Salvador
 Slit his own throat

Like father like son, we always say. When Narsing comes home with a wife looking astonishingly like his mother, his father goes berserk. Drunk with emotion, his father tries to rape his daughter-in-law, sending Narsing into a fit so enraged that he hacks his father’s head off. Consumed by guilt, he slits his own throat. That’s gory at its finest.

Elsa in Himala (1982)

Who: Nora Aunor
 Shot by a “sniper” in the middle of her iconic “Walang Himala” speech

The death-during-a-speech formula is a classic. An unidentified assassin shoots Elsa who is in the middle of her impassioned “Walang himala” speech. Her death causes a panicked stampede, injuring several of her followers. On stage, Elsa dies in her mother’s arms with a slew of cameramen and reporters anticipating her last breath. Her body is then carried, a la mosh pit, by the audience.

Not to rain on the drama, but a .45 couldn’t possibly shoot that far a target with such accuracy. That was a miracle.

Dezzi Rae in Shake, Rattle, and Roll 3 (1991)

Who: Ai-Ai Delas Alas
 Dissolved by poisonous saliva

In a show of bravado and unwitting stupidity, Dezzi Rae smashes one of the eggs of a monstrous sea creature, Undin. To avenge her babies, Undin murders Dezzi Rae by showering her with acidic saliva until only her head and a few ribs remain. Gross? You bet! We can only imagine how much the saliva-conscious are shuddering at the thought.

Chato/Czarina in Burlesk Queen (1977)

Who: Vilma Santos
 Excessive booty-shaking

Apparently there is no better way to have an abortion than to dance in a glittery two-piece in front of a crowd of ogling old men.

Aggrieved by her father’s suicide, abandoned by her lover, pregnant, and obviously pained by having to go against her sensibilities, Czarina is hypnotized by her thoughts as she performs what could then be touted as the greatest burlesque show of all time. Her moves become more forceful, her breathing erratic, and after 17 minutes of hot and heavy dancing, she collapses—a bloody heap before the obliviousness of her cheering audience.

The final scene was so stressful that according to movie blog, Video 48, Santos tried to back out at the last minute (after finishing three-quarters of the film), much to the dismay of director Celso Ad Castillo.

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