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

5. Having your face melted off by the Ark of the Covenant

As Seen In: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

That poor bastard you see up above? That's Major Arnold Toht (Ronald Lacey), a Gestapo interrogator who's one of Indiana Jones' (Harrison Ford) many nemeses in Steven Spielberg's top-shelf action/adventure classic Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Along with fellow baddies Colonel Dietrich (Wolf Kahler) and Dr. Rene Belloq (Paul Freeman), Toht foolishly opens the mythical Ark of the Covenant, which unleashes "angels of death" and a supernatural firestorm that instantly melts their faces off. It's the fictional equivalent of Geraldo Rivera opening Al Capone's vault and catching an L, except, well, these guys become human candles rather than disappointed talk show hosts.

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