There are few things quite as startling as when a flick unexpectedly offs a character with no prior warning. Sure, many films take her opposite approach and do well—a tense thriller can build toward a casualty slowly and deliberately, amping up suspense before finally dropping the hammer on the poor unfortunate soul, and the horror genre is infamous for dragging out the demises of its cannon fodder for excruciating sequences before putting them and the audience out of their shared misery.
But across all genres the sudden surprise death is a ubiquitous trope infamous for shocking audiences, leaving them unable to guess what’s coming next or whom amongst the central cast are likely to survive. Popping in everything from gangster movies, to road movies, to even the odd romance, there’s nothing quite like a brutal death out of nowhere to leave viewers reeling and unsure what to expect next.
With this in mind, here are ten movie deaths we had no idea were coming, and the films which blindsided is with them.