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I View Dead People.

January 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments

Myfriend Jane recently Facebook-posted a list of the top ten dead bodies in literature, a list that includes Rev. Ames from Gilead and the dead woman discovered by the fishermen in Raymond Carver’s “So Much Water So Close to Home.”  She mentioned that Rebecca from Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name was a worthy candidate for that list, and I agreed. This flipped a switch in my head that there have also been many memorable dead bodies, or dead characters, in the movies. Here is the beginning of my listing of some. Please comment below with your suggestions, and I will add them to the list.

  • The aforementioned Rebecca in Rebecca
  • Joe Gillis (William Holden) in Sunset Boulevard
  • Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) in American Beauty
  • Mrs. Anna Thorwald (Irene Winston) in Rear Window
  • Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) in The Sixth Sense
  • Harry in The Trouble with Harry
  • Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) in Laura
  • Mrs. Norma Bates in Psycho

Tags: film

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blair Cox // Jan 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Good list. I would add Nicole Kidman’s character in The Others.

  • 2 bureaucratist // Jan 22, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    The dead body in Stand By Me.

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