Pvt. Torrez in ‘Day of the Dead’ (1985)
This decapitation is super sweet for a couple of reasons. First up the visuals. Tom Savini and crew came up with some fantastic practical effects, some of his gorriest at the height of his bloody creativeness. The death of Pvt Torrez may not be as lavished in the horror annuls as the famed ‘torn to smithereens’ death of Capt. Rhodes, but in the world of decapitations it’s a true marvel. In a nutshell, poor old Pvt Torrez (played by Savini assistant Taso N. Stavrakis) gets his head pulled off his soldier shoulders by a zombie who’s taken a firm bowling-ball esque grip in the doomed man’s eye sockets. Using wonderful animatronics, Pvt Torrez’s face still moves and squirms as it separates from his body. Savini-tastic.
On a side note this awesome factor of this is doubled when you realise that Taso N. Stavrakis also played the decapitated body of Mrs Voorhees in ‘Friday the 13th‘ (1980). I wonder if the man actually pays the rent with severed heads?