Call me a cheese-monger, but one of my favorite films is The Black Hole. Yeah, it's a Disney movie (shudders). Yeah, some of the robots are goofy looking (V.I.N.C.E.N.T. anyone?). But it also has a kick-ass soundtrack (in my opinion, John Barry's finest work) and Maximilian, the big, red monster-robot.
Yeah. Maximillian is my favorite robot in all of film.
On to the death...
Once Dr. Alex Durant (Anthony Perkins) discovers the truth about Cygnus's crew (um, robo-zombies), and Maximilian turns on him with those spinning blades (think: garbage disposal), well that makes a nice on screen death. No blood needed. Max shreds Dr. Reinhardt's (his creator) notes in the process for a nice, symbolic and forshadowing moment as well. Later in the film, Max leaves Reinhardt for dead.
The Black Hole is dated. The script is stiff. The robots deliver the best acting. But despite these shortfalls, the movie is creepy, very creepy--a nice blend of gothic "haunted house" sensibilities and twisted technology.
And the look on Perkins's face as Dr. Durant's guts are rearranged by Maximilian...priceless.
Other favorite movie deaths?