There sure are lots of hearts lining the shelves of supermarkets and candy shops this week—but not all disembodied hearts are so sweet. Join us for some gory movie and TV moments in which people have their hearts torn from their chests. (And, yeah, we're sure you've been there once or twice.)
Happy Valentine's Day!
Mola Ram in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Kali Ma! Not only does this guy rip out hearts, they burst into flame in his palm! Let's hear it for the scene that helped usher in PG-13 as an official MPAA rating.
The Monster in Frankenstein (1994)
Skip ahead to 7:13 in this segment of Kenneth Branagh's film for the heart yank—or watch the whole thing. There's a love scene, followed by, ah ... well, not a love scene. But there is a sort of parallelism between master and monster here.
Stewie from Family Guy
Man, Seth MacFarlane's seen everything, hasn't he? Best part of this is that someone sat down with a camcorder in front of his TV to make sure the world could see it.
Heart removal isn't always played for laughs. In some cultures, it's serious business. Not that you can tell from this scene in isolation. Luckily (did I just type luckily?), there is a selection of heart removal scenes to choose from in this film!
See, it's a holiday thing.
Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Speaking of overwrought historical dramas filmed in dead languages ... okay, I actually haven't seen Dumb and Dumber. Is it good? Based on the heart in a doggie bag, I believe this is a daydream sequence in a film otherwise so grittily realistic some believe it to be based on an unpublished Raymond Carver short story.
Akasha in Queen of the Damned (2002)
Back to fantasy. You know, it didn't look like she was reaching for the guy's heart.
Some dude in Jason Goes to Hell (1993)
No on-screen removal here, but the theme of eating a heart seems a fairly common one in the cinema of the dark fantastic. Magic demon fireflies are optional.
Holy crap! Of course, not every episode of Sailor Moon is like this. Her heart is a piece of magic crystal because it's pure, or something like that.
What the ... ?
I don't even know what movie this is from, but it's cool because the heart is ripped out telekinetically! How come telekinetic superheroes or poltergeists never do this?
Evilspeak, eh? No dialogue in this clip, though. (Probably for the best). You know, I'd think a heart would beat faster while being torn from a chest. I guess the victim here didn't mind all that much? He didn't seem stressed at all.
Night of the Demons 3: Demon House (1997)
Demon House? This clip takes place outside, though. Plenty of dialogue after the Confus-O-Vision heart rip. Was Toothy behind the guy or in front of him? I can't tell.
The titular leprechaun in Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood (2003)
I cannot believe they made six of these things! But sci-fi purists, back off! The leprechaun had already been to space in the fourth installment! So clearly the series is science fiction. Heart removal purists may perhaps need to admit that this may not be a heart removal scene but rather a bladder removal scene, given the shape of the organ and the position in the body. That's straight-to-video for you.
Boogeyman 2 (2007)
This is easily the most graphic of the heart removals—definitely don't watch this one at work, even if you've looked at the others. The boogeyman uses a sternum-splitting device to crack the chest open. Sheesh.
Bonus instructional video!
Indy Mogul's how-to video teaches you the low-budget movie magic needed for the ol' heart rip. It's a pretty involved effect, but easier than writing a convincing love story.