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12 Movie Characters Who Were Set on Fire

If you were to think about the worst way to die, burning would be at the top, or at least way up there. And if you don’t die, you might wish you did. It’s certainly tragic in real life, but in movies, a burning person is a dramatic special effect that grips the audience. And it happens more often than you may realize. Remember The Adventures of Ford Fairlane?

In this incredibly underrated movie (Dice in his prime, Tone Loc, Lauren Holly, a little Vince Neil, a non-Freddy Krueger Robert Englund, and vintage Ed O’Neill), Wayne Newton plays sleazy record producer Julian Grendel. He’s behind the murder of rock star Bobby Black, and Ford – as a Rock N’ Roll detective – eventually figures this out. He splashes his highly flammable drink on Grendel right before exclaiming “Julie, you’re fired,” and sets him ablaze. Because Dice rules, nobody charges him with murder.

There are eleven other movie character who were set on fire at TVOM. Not all of them were killed or even injured, but some of the descriptions can be a bit graphic.


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Evidently the first time someone depicted this in a film was in the original version of The Thing From Another World, where the human heroes try doing it to the titular menace. It doesn't kill it, but it's still an impressive scene.
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