Live Poll: Best Horror Movie Where No One Dies

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Yes, even when the Grim Reaper is taking a break, a movie can still be terrifying enough to qualify as horror, these are horror classics that provided the required thrills with zero body count or not a single on-screen or explicitly shown death.

In your opinion, what is the best horror movie where no one dies?

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Love the idea but I question the inclusion of some: What do you make of the final scene in The Blair Witch Project? It'd be safe to assume she died right then and there.

And by no one dies, I'm guessing you mean no one that we see? There are multiple flashbacks to the death of Amelia's husband in The Babadook, as he died in a car crash.
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I don't remember that we see her die at the end, if a death is strongly implied but happens off-screen, the movie still qualifies.

But if you're telling me that there are flashbacks of someone's death in The Badabook, I'll immediately remove it.

That's the kind of information I need, I don't want to include movies that features an on-screen death, I keep Blair Witch in case but I'm pretty sure we see no one dying IN the film.
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Last scene in Blair Witch: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cmYsRcL...

I think it's safe to assume that she's donezo in that last frame. As for The Babadook, we don't actually SEE him getting hit because of how the introductory scene is set up (it's very surreal with many flashes appearing) but it's more suggested than shown.

Edit: I just read what you said "if it happens off-screen, the movie still qualifies". Therefore, you could technically use both!
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Well, I'll keep them both for the moment, if I really get many movies where no one dies for real, I mean zero body count, I'll reconsider it, but I made the title deliberately misleading, it's impressive enough to be a horror movie that doesn't SHOW a death, no death at all and in any way would be too much asking (I guess)
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What about Signs? I seem to recall the pastor’s wife dies in a flashback, when they pull the car away that has her pinned ...
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I like the idea of your list but can I suggest the 1986 film Gothic http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091142/?ref_=nv_sr_5
Though this might be excluded because there is a scene of Claire's Still-born child under water. But since she hasn't had it yet, took it as an imagined fear.
Also for you list another Ken Russell film Altered States http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080360/?ref_=nv_sr_1
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Great poll, Elmo. (Of course, all of yours are great.) I have to deliberate over my vote but I'm considering Eraserhead: even though I don't really like to watch it much, I think it's a great film and so influential and unlike anything else that had been seen before that -- or since then, even, lol. What a strange film. There are other good ones on the list, too, though, so I'm undecided as of yet. 

If I may suggest a small edit? And like always, tell me to be quiet if you ever get sick of my apparent obsession with grammar,  lol.

Yes, even when the Grim Reaper is taking a break, a movie can still be terrifying enough to qualify as horror. These are horror classics that provided the required thrills with zero body count or not a single on-screen or explicitly shown death.

I just changed the comma between "horror" and "these" to a period and then of course capitalized "These" due to the change. A semi-colon or colon would work, too.
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I've made the changes pronto. Thanks :)

... and pease, ruby, I always appreciate your helpful suggestions so you don't need to be too diplomatic. My writing skills aren't perfect (far from it) so I'm always 100% open for writing tips such as yours.
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Ah, thanks, Elmo. I'm just so used to having my grammar antenna way up when I edit my own writing and that of my students that it kind of stays in that position now, which I find annoying myself, lol, so I don't want to annoy anyone else. :)
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Wow, right now: Eraserhead, The Others, Poltergeist and Conjuring have the same number of votes, never saw four leading options before.
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In Eraserhead the child thing is killed in the end.
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In the Mel-Gibson-Movie ... his character's wife dies. She dies in a flashback, but the audience can see it.
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Which one it is? 
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Which one is it? Do you mean Signs?  I was coming here to indicate this technicality as well.

Patricia Kalember ... Colleen Hess
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Wow, I have strong doubts about Signs, when I made this list, I checked in various websites for those I wasn't 100% sure and Signs was always mentioned in the initial posts, listing the "obvious ones"... now, if someone who saw it tells me that we do see someone dying in Signs, then I'll never take the Internet as a reliable source.
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Yes, i wrote about "Signs".
Sorry, i should have tagged this post with an Spoiler-Alert. ...


I wrote about the Movie "Signs". It's more safe to see a movie,
before saying something about it. I saw "Signs" a long time ago.

And i know it's a mytery movie about aliens and mystic links
between humans.

it's a story about a preacher, whose wife has
been killed in a road-accident. A drunk truck-driver wounded
hear deadly. But she still lived till the preacher (M.Gibson)
saw her a last time, speaking to her and listen her
last words. Then she died. This part is acted in a dramatically
way. Audience can see her dying on screen. With the words she
said and made no sense, they can escape at the end. Because
at the end her words make all the sense, they could.


Greetings. :)
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Thanks for your insights, I spoiled the movie for myself, I guess that's a fair punishment :) Seriously, I'm pissed off about that blunder, I could easily find a scene on Youtube and I love the title : Signs Movie Clip Where Wife Dies
I could have played in the safe side if I had just written: "brutal murder" or "killing", maybe it's not too late to fix it.
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Thank you for the editor who rephrased it, I hope voters won't read too much in the way the question is phrased in the following page. One would argue that "everyone making it at the end" would be debatable for Blair Witch Project, but the point is that we don't see people being killed.
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Congratulations ElMaruecan82. This is the 11th time your poll has been featured at IMDb Home Page (http://www.imdb.com) since July 28, 2015.

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As far as Signs is concerned, I guess the alien death does not count as it is an aliens. What about Mel's wife, who is cut in half by the director's car? Does her death not count?
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can flatlinners technically not be on this list there cause " they die" and are shocked back to life?
Interesting poll by the way  however it is hard to find a horror movie where no one dies. They are few and far between
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I haven't seen Flatliners in years, but the character Rachel Manus repeatedly experiences flashbacks to the corpse of her father, following his suicide. She thinks that she caused the suicide, though it later revealed that her father killed himself to escape his drug addiction. She had nothing to do with the death, other than finding the corpse. 

Also there is a death revealed, though it is not depicted. For much of the film, the character Nelson Wright is tormented by visions of a boy called Billy Mahoney, who he remembers from his childhood. Later Nelson explains to his friends that he actually killed Billy during his childhood. 
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SPOILER for Eraserhead, but couldn't one say that the baby dies?
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Sorry, but Signs shouldn't be in the list. In the M. Night Shyamalan's movie one person dies: Graham Hess' wife, Colleen, due a crash accident.
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"Pi" is not a horror movie.
"eraserhead" starts off by someone getting hanged. (and that baby probably didn't last long when it got unwrapped innards spilling out)
All I can remember from "signs" is that it was retarded and gibson's wife died at car accident.
rest of the movies are pure garbage (except  poltergeist).
Worst list ever.
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I haven't seen Signs, but I am familiar with several reviews of the film's stupid plot. Colleen Hess (the wife in question) is killed by drunk driver Ray Reddy in an accident. She only appears in flashbacks.

Her husband Graham Hess (a priest) looses his faith in God, quits his priestly career, and retires to a farm to raise his children. His encounter with aliens supposedly restores his faith and he returns to the clergy by the end of the film. It is supposed to be uplifiting but it sounds nonsensical.

To quote film critic Mick LaSalle: "Shyamalan wants us to believe that an alien invasion might actually work to increase a doubter's religious faith. If anything, it should push him irretrievably into the abyss."

This is the same "brilliant" film where the aliens die in painful ways when splashed with glasses of water. And where a character's asthma attack saves him from poisoning. 

I think I have seen better writing in Scooby-Doo episodes. 
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You are wrong. Someone dies in Signs, Pi, Eraserhead, and probably others. You did it poorly.
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Eraserhead is so confusing that I couldn't be sure if anyone did die...? Are you referring to the deformed baby that would have died? I can't recall if anyone did to be honest.
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The baby died. Well, it probably did. And Pete said someone is hanged at the beginning. Elm is being dumb for some reason.
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The rules are "doesn't die on camera". Otherwise Freaks is out as well.
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I have to disagree with you on a few of these. (Of course there are spoilers here for anyone who has not seen the films.)

1408 it depends on which version you see in some he lives in others he dies (Theatrical he lives for example, but on the Blu-ray release they use the original ending in which he dies. The collector's edition uses this ending as well. There are two more endings one in which he dies and another in which he lives so there are 4 fairly widely viewed endings 2 where he dies and 2 where he lives, but anyone that picks up a the Blu-ray and just watches the movie will see the ending where he dies so it's not just an alternate directors cut ending type of thing.

The Blair Witch Project you can pretty much assume that Josh dies (Heather finds a torn piece of his shirt covered in blood with hair, teeth, and a piece of his tongue. Heather is murdered while holding the camera looking at Mike's back. It was even stated earlier in the film that the kids were murdered in this exact way with one standing in the corner while one was being killed.

A few of them die in Flatliners they are just brought back to life, but I guess I could be nitpicking there.

Stir of Echoes shows Jennifer Morrison's character being murdered by the two boys. Also one of the boys that killed her and his father are both killed by the other father because they are trying to kill Kevin Bacon.

The Amityville Horror begins with Ronald Defeo Jr. shooting and killing his entire family consisting of six people.
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On a side note though movies that could be on this list are:

*Spoilers*

Again

*Spoilers*


The Haunting in Connecticut (Elias Koteas may die but it is kinda ambiguous. Also I guess the kid dies and they bring him back to life or he comes back to his body or whatever so kinda like a Flatliners debate.)
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
Emergo also known as Apartment 143 pretty sure no one dies there
Digging Up the Marrow
The Houses October Built
The Houses October Built 2
The Saint Francisville Experiment
Fear of the Dark

Given not all of this are the greatest horror films, but they could easily fit your list, and some like Emergo and Digging Up the Marrow are pretty good.
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"The Blair Witch Project you can pretty much assume that Josh dies (Heather finds a torn piece of his shirt covered in blood with hair, teeth, and a piece of his tongue. Heather is murdered while holding the camera looking at Mike's back. It was even stated earlier in the film that the kids were murdered in this exact way with one standing in the corner while one was being killed. "

There are a lot of deaths in the narratives of The Blair Witch Project and implications of death in the present portions of the film. But nobody dies on screen, and what is going on is left to the viewer's imagination. Which is why the film works well as a horror film. It is pretty much the story of a lost expedition where nobody manages to return home. 
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I expected some criticism... well, I'm sorry if some movies don't seem to fit the criteria, I wasn't being dumb for some reason as one of the commentators pointed out. At first, I wanted to make a list of horror movies without deaths, but by deaths, I was thinking of horror material, which means killings or murders. That's it. But if a murder or a killing doesn't show on screen, even if it is clearly implied, this poll is about characters clearly being killed or dying in horrific conditions in an explicit way.

Now, if these criteria match some movies in the list, I plead guilty, for each movies, I found two difference sources stating that there was no death, maybe I misread it, maybe I should have been more careful about it. Well, c'est la vie...
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Wow, that is a horrible argument. Death is death, no matter how gruesome. People died in most of those films. If that was the case, you should have made it clear. As it happened, you didn't, and you're now making a horribly stupid argument.
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"I wanted to make a list of horror movies without deaths, but by deaths, I was thinking of horror material, which means killings or murders. "

You don't need a murder for a horror film.
*In "The Haunting" (1963), the supposed ghosts are messing with the characters' minds. The only major death is that of Eleanor "Nell" Lance, who is manipulated into driving a car into a tree. The implication at the end is that Eleanor has become Hill House's newest ghost.
*In "The Fearless Vampire Killers" (1967), vampire hunters Professor Abronsius and Alfred risk their lives to rescue Sarah Shagal from a group of vampires. The twist ending is that Sarah herself has become a vampire and seems about to vampirize her rescuers. 
*In "Rosemary's Baby" (1968), naive housewife Rosemary Woodhouse is manipulated by her husband, friends, and neighbors into getting pregnant through rape and giving birth to a baby. The twist is that the rapist was apparently Satan and she gives birth to a demonic child.
*In "The Exorcist" (1973), the horror is that young Regan MacNeil has become possessed by the ancient demon Pazuzu. There are a few deaths, but they are implied to be suicides. At the end priest Damien Karras allows himself to be possessed by Pazuzu (to free Regan) and then immediately commits suicide to take the demon with him to death. 
*In "Misery" (1990), author Paul Sheldon is rescued from the scene of a traffic accident by retired nurse Annie Wilkes and allowed to stay in her home. The twist is that Annie is a sadist who tortures him. has several obsessions, and she was apparently a suspect in several past murders (acquitted in court due to lack of evidence). Other than Annie herself the only one killed is a local sheriff. 
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When there's no horror, there's still a good deal of suffering though, we can look at Rosemary's pregnancy as a nine-month psychological nightmarea and emotional pressure, the hobbling was pretty "ouchy" and don't get me started on "The Exorcist". That said, when there's no death, there's still some relief within the thought that 'at least' the protagonists are alive so they'll be able to cope up. But indeed, just because no one dies doesn't mean that 'all's well that ends well'
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I never called you dumb. I was just commenting on a poll you made where it said no one died not no violent killings on screen. Also I was just pointing out that there was on screen violence and death in some of the movies listed all of which I have seen myself multiple times. Stir of Echoes you see a teenage boy and his father shot multiple times (given it is not bloody) there are still seen being shot a few times, and there is a head shot with a rifle in the beginning of The Amityville Horror in addition to shots of the the kids dead in bed covered in blood. I was trying to help you, you are claiming to make a list that is not showing violence I don't want someone to say well hey this is a movie I could watch and then a minute and a half in someone's head gets blown off.
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You are pathetic, Elm. You should have asked for suggestions, and only include films you've seen. I'm done with these polls. This is ridiculous.
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"I'm done with these polls."

Awkward timing.
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To "Someone", 
Yes, I could have started with movies I know and ask for suggestions, I started with a lengthy movies and was waiting for objections, yeah, maybe it wasn't the smartest move. 
But you have a strange habit of always being negative about everything, whether you'd be right or wrong is besides the point. Seriously!
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Meh, I just don't like your polls. They kind of suck now, and this is the worst ever. You put forth no effort to learn what fit and what doesn't, and now have a craptastic poll. Do more research next time, or don't have a "next time".
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There won't be a "next time" indeed, this was the final straw, your insults have just destroyed what was left of my self-esteeem, I'm gonna drink the drain cleaner now... and see what happens.
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umm several of these movies do have deaths. as for the number one, eraser head, the  deformed baby dies...
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That baby in Eraserhead is definitely killed. Rather gruesomely.