8 Ridiculously Elaborate Faked Deaths In Movies

The Sting

The best part about faking your death has to be getting to decide how it will all go down. Instead of a bathroom heart attack, you can have fun with it and get mauled by a bear or spontaneously combust.

The following characters know exactly what I’m talking about, as when it came time for someone to “die” they all had a bit of fun with it.

Without a doubt, spoilers ensue, but even mentioning what movies they’re for would spoil them for you, so if you’re concerned at all, just don’t read.

8. Harry Lime Gets Hit By A Car in The Third Man

No, it’s certainly not the most interesting way to go. Still it must be nice to have so many friends to help fake your death like that. I can’t even organize a game of half court let alone hide in the sewers while my buddies haul off a murdered stand-in for my supposed corpse.

Really the only mistake here was suddenly showing up unannounced. Rule number one of faking your own death is to refrain from dramatically smirking in doorways with cats. That’s just poor follow-up.


7. Satan Plays Dead in Devil

Devil was much better than the Shyamalan credit leads you to believe. Still – why is the devil personally seeing to this particular situation? It’s kind of like Bruce Almighty where for some reason God decides to help a middle class news guy instead of the millions of starving people around the globe.

Are there not any crappier people to deal with than the ones in this elevator, or does the devil conduct meet and greets way more often in this particular universe?

Anyway, it’s the older lady. So that’s now spoiled for you. The film does a good job at making you not realize that when she dies half way through and sits there like a dumb corpse for the rest of the film.


6. Davian Kills A Fake Julia in Mission: Impossible 3

The facemasks in Mission: Impossible are like get out of jail free cards for screenwriters. Reserved for only the tightest of corners, they seem to manifest masks whenever it’s convenient. They are portable and inexplicable.

At the end of the third movie we find out that the teaser at the start is all thanks to one of these things when Phillip Seymour Hoffman kills Tom Cruise’s girlfriend, who is really just some other lady no one cares about. So it doesn’t count. Why go through all that trouble? My guess is that when you have the ability to replicate faces, you use it every chance you get. Also, the raw material probably sells in bulk and spoils quickly – that’s how they get ya.


5. John Kramer Plays Dead in Saw

As a stand-alone film, Saw is one of those plots that seems really brilliant at the end until you think about it a little harder. Then – as part of a series – it becomes so muddled up that it doesn’t matter, as any plot hole goes unnoticed amongst a sea of confusing flashbacks.

One thing is certain, drugging yourself to remain still while lying in the middle of a room doesn’t really seem necessary when you have complete control over a situation. That said – showmanship counts in this case, and serves as the end-all explanation for why anything in these movies happen.

David is a video editor, writer, and movie fanatic. After graduating from Full Sail University he now spends his days in Western Massachusetts working as a freelance article and sketch writer, as well as a comedy workshop moderator for (Click Here to View David's work on He enjoys over-analyzing movies, punk rock, and referring to himself in the third person.

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