The 100 Worst Ways to Die (As Seen in Movies)

6. Getting your head smashed by a basketball

As Seen In: Deadly Friend (1986)

Some bad movies are worth a look simply for the inadvertent laughs; Deadly Friend is so rotten that only forty seconds of Craven’s silly debacle work on that level.

In perhaps the greatest cinematic use of a basketball, the movie’s villain, dead girl turned homicidal robot Samantha (Kristy Swanson), passes the rock to Anne Ramsey, aka Mama Fratelli from The Goonies, causing her head to explode like a ripe pumpkin. Then, her body walks around the room like a drunken bar-rat trying to find an exit.

Delete the basketball-to-the-face scene from Deadly Friend and you’d be left with a horrifically acted, stupidly complicated, and altogether lifeless hybrid of horror and sci-fi.

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