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Richard III (1995, US/UK)

This modernistic British adaptation of the Shakespearean play was set in a fictional, fascistic Britain some time in the late 1930s. (See also Laurence Olivier's original British version of the film, Richard III (1955)).

Richard III (Ian McKellan) died a fiery death in the film's conclusion, located in an abandoned industrial site, in the ruins of the Battersea Power Station. He refused to be captured when cornered, and told his rival Henry, Earl of Richmond (Dominic West) as he lifted his right gloved hand as if to wave:

Let us to't pell-mell; if not to heaven, then hand-in-hand to hell.

[Note: In Shakespeare's play, the line located in Act V, Scene 3, was delivered before battle, not immediately before Richard's death.]

Then, with a triumphant grin on his face, he fell backwards into the blazing inferno to his death.

Falling into an Inferno

His demise was accompanied by the unusually-cheerful song I'm Sitting On The Top Of The World (Ray Henderson, Joe Young and Sam Lewis).

"Let us to't pell-mell; if not to heaven, then hand-in-hand to hell"

Rival Henry, Earl of Richmond

Se7en (1995)

Director David Fincher's crime thriller ended with a unforgettable, nail-biting, concluding climax.

Maniacal serial killer John Doe (Kevin Spacey) led arrogant, hotshot replacement Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt) and retiring veteran Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) to a remote desert area, promising to reveal the last two bodies and give his confession.

There, another sick and gruesome crime and souvenir - "her pretty head" in a bloody box was delivered by a van. It proved to ultimately demonstrate one of the last two of the Seven Deadly Sins (gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride, envy, and wrath).

Doe confessed to the sin of Envy, having killed Mills' wife Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow) and having her severed head (never shown) delivered to their location in a cardboard box:

I wish I could have lived like you did...I'm trying to tell you how much I admire you and your pretty wife...Tracy...It's disturbing how easily a member of the press can purchase information from the men in your precinct...I visited your home this morning after you'd left. I tried to play husband. I tried to taste the life of a simple man...It didn't work out so I took a souvenir - her pretty head...Because I envy your normal life, it seems that Envy is my sin.

"Pretty Head" in a Box: Confession of Envy by John Doe

Se7en (1995)

To demonstrate Wrath, anguished and angered Lt. Mills (Brad Pitt) shot Doe (Kevin Spacey) repeatedly, emptying his gun, in revenge for his pregnant wife's beheading.

His partner Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) begged him not to:

That's what he wants. He wants you to shoot him.

Doe kept pressing:

Become vengeance, David...Become Wrath...She begged for her life, Detective...She begged for her life and for the life of the baby inside of her...Oh, he didn't know.

Even though Somerset advised: "If you kill him, he will win," Mills executed Doe.

The film ended with Somerset quoting from Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls:

'The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part.

Lt. Mills' Expression of Wrath: The Execution of John Doe

Species (1995)

There were three remarkable death (or killing) scenes in director Roger Donaldson's science-fiction thriller by a deadly half-human, half-alien seductress:

  • Sil (Natasha Henstridge), aka S1L, a pretty nymphomaniacal, predatory alien who wished to reproduce

She insatiably stalked suitable mates in Los Angeles, in order to become impregnated and reproduce her own kind - unleashing alien spawn. When aroused or threatened, the murderous creature would often turn into her alien self - a scaly, bipedal tentacled, reptilian creature.

(First Victim)
Her first target was a man she met at an LA night club who she told: "I've got a party to go to and no one to take me." She stripped for him and approached as he commented: "Very nice," but then she abruptly sensed that he was a non-suitable mate - with diabetes - and changed her mind. She asked: "Can you drive me back?" She rejected his advances when he insisted on sex ("You knew what we came here for...It's too late, babe, you're not leaving"), but to satisfy him, she offered him a kiss of death - and punctured the back of his skull with her deadly tongue.

(Second Victim)
In a hottub, she impatiently demanded to be seduced, as the male victim tried to slow her down ("Take it easy, just relax, there's plenty of time"). When officers arrived at the front door, she pulled him back into the tub: "Don't go, please, I want a baby," forced him underwater, transformed into the alien, stuck her lethal tongue down his throat, and left him drowned in the bloody spa (after unsuccessful copulation) before fleeing.

Sil's Third Victim in Hotel Room

(Third Victim)
As a brunette, Sil easily tempted English anthropologist Dr. Stephen Arden (Alfred Molina) to make love to her in his hotel room. After being instantly impregnated after intercourse, she smiled in awe and wonder as she felt the baby already rapidly developing inside of her. She thanked the unwitting father by promptly killing him, Black Widow-style - to his shocked horror.

Sil's First Victim

Sil's Second Victim in Hot-Tub

Strange Days (1995)

In the violent conclusion to Kathryn Bigelow's cyberpunk, dystopian tech-noir thriller, everything converged an hour before the dawn of the New Millennium at the downtown LA Bonaventura Hotel.

The film's backstory was that the public revelation of the covered-up murder of 27 year-old outspoken militant black rapper Jeriko One (Glen Plummer) (not due to gangbanger-related violence as originally blamed) would ignite a catastrophic race riot, if the truth came out. It was revealed that there had been a "hard-line" death-squad conspiracy - two rogue LA cops ("two loose-cannon cops") had killed him in cold blood.

The film's protagonist Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes), peddler of illegal virtual reality "clips," planned to trade the "lightning bolt from God" tape showing Jeriko's murder, in exchange for ex-girlfriend and aspiring singer Faith Justin (Juliette Lewis). Lenny viewed a tape, thinking it was another rape/strangulation tape of Faith's murder, but then realized it was an erotic-asphyxiation sex scene between Faith and her secret lover - Lenny's own best friend and PI Max Peltier (Tom Sizemore).

The wily, long-haired, and menacing ex-cop had betrayed Lenny. Max was the main villain behind the film's many murders. He quipped: "The world's gonna end in ten minutes, anyway."

When Max set up Lenny to take the fall for various murders (the murder of Gant and Iris), the two fought to the death in the hotel room and onto its balcony, high above the revelers.

Max precariously hung onto Lenny's tie until Lenny cut off the tie with the knife stuck in his back - sending Max hurtling to his death on the street below.

Max's Fall to His Death

To Die For (1995)

In the conclusion of director Gus Van Sant's dark comedy, ruthless, manipulative and icy blonde WWEN-TV weathercaster Suzanne Stone Maretto (Nicole Kidman) was killed off-screen.

The murderer was a "Hollywood producer" (David Cronenberg in a cameo, credited as "Man at the Lake") who was hired by father Joe Maretto (Dan Hedaya) (with Mafia connections), to seek revenge for her plotting to successfully kill her husband Larry Maretto (Matt Dillon).

Sociopathic Suzanne had seduced a student named Jimmy Emmett (Joaquin Phoenix) to commit the deadly deed.

Although Suzanne was brought to trial and there was taped evidence of a confession, she walked free when police were accused of wire-tapping and entrapment.

The hitman led Suzanne to the surface of a frozen pond - she was later seen dead in a lingering closeup under the ice of a frozen pond where she was deposited after the murder.

In an ironic scene immediately before the credits, Larry's sister Janice (Illeana Douglas) practiced her ice skating on the frozen lake (above the location of the frozen body and literally 'dancing on her grave') to the tune of Donovan's "The Season of the Witch."

The Hit Man
(David Cronenberg)

Suzanne Dead Under a Frozen Pond

Twelve Monkeys (1995) (aka 12 Monkeys)

Director Terry Gilliam's science fiction film featured plot twists, time-travel, and unusual efforts to thwart a devastating plague.

Having successfully enlisted the help of psychiatrist Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe), she and delusional, time-traveling prison convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) (from the year 2035) donned disguises. He glued on a mustache and wore a tropical-designed shirt, and she dyed her hair blonde. They were planning to fly together to a dream vacation destination - the Florida Keys.

At the airport, they both realized that red-haired, pony-tailed bio-terrorist and "apocalyptic nut" Dr. Peters (David Morse) had just taken a sticker-covered carry-on suitcase through security in front of them that contained live samples of a deadly virus.

When gun-brandishing Cole pursued the madman through security (with Dr. Railly not far behind), he was fatally gunned down in the film's climactic ending (filmed in slow-motion) by airport police, as madman Peters escaped and boarded his plane to San Francisco and other worldwide cities to unleash a doomsday virus.

Cole's repeated dreams/memories were now made clear - as a young boy (Joseph Melito), he had witnessed the shooting (and his own death), with his newfound lover Dr. Railly (from the 1990s) grieving above him - who at one point knowingly noticed young Cole when their eyes met.

Cole Shot to Death at Airport, Comforted by Dr. Railly

Cole (As Young Boy) Witnessing His Own Death

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