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

98. Slowly being pulled into a spiky, wooden splinter, eyeball first

As Seen In: Zombie (1979)

Lucio Fulci's undead splatter classic Zombie (also known as Zombi 2) is replete with scenes where the walking dead eat the living with the cleanliness and manners of an unruly 5-year-old boy slurping spaghetti and marinara sauce. However, there's one choice moment where the ghouls opt for something other than bodily consumption as a means of killing someone.

The victim in question is the beautiful Paola (Olga Karlatos), who's just stepped out of the shower and barricaded herself indoors to keep away from those pesky corpses. Standing too close to one of the room's doors, she unwittingly allows a zombie to break through the wooden door, grab her by the hair, and slowly, tortuously pull her eye into a pointy spike.

It's vintage Fulci: a sick visual joke delivered with enough anticipation that it  induces nausea.

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