11 Memorable Movie Deaths Explained
What exactly happens to the human body during some of the most memorable movie deaths ever? We asked someone with an actual medical degree to tell us.
By Matt Christensen
STILL-BEATING HEART MANUALLY EXTRACTED | INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
The Death: Demonic Thuggee priest, Mola Ram, uses Hindu magic — and those bedroom eyes of his — to extract a follower’s still-beating heart.
Dr. Yaun Says: “We’re assuming the guy had no ribs to begin with, the hole was already started in his chest, and the heart was not attached to any veins or arteries. The heart would be throbbing and spitting blood since it has its own electrical beating system, the SA node. The SA node is a safety system for the body so the brain actually does not have to tell the heart to beat all the time. It’s separate from the autonomic nervous system and, thus, doesn’t require any neural input.”
We Say: So dudes can just reach into your chest and pull out your heart, but refrigerators protect you from atomic bomb blasts?
TOASTER DROPPED INTO A BATHTUB | GROUNDHOG DAY
The Death: When egocentric meteorologist Phil Connors finds himself repeating the same day over and over in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, he understandably explores creative ways to kill himself. These include trying to toast himself to death.
Dr. Yaun Says: “The actual cause of death is the effect the electrical current has on the heart. Since the heart has its own electrical rhythm — again, the SA node — the current from the toaster will cause it to short out and the heart muscles will be paralyzed.”
We Say: There are some variables that would determine whether this would actually kill you or not. Still, we recommend eating cereal in the bathtub instead.