When the military takes the group in, they take Marlena away behind a curtain when

they realize she has been bitten.

We see commotion, hear yelling and in silhouette, what appears to be

someone's head exploding.

In the commotion, it's hard to make out what's going on.

What happened to Marlena?

Did something from the bite cause her head to explode? Was she killed by the military as a preventative measure? Or was that someone else's head that exploded?

  • 12
    She ded. 'Sploded hed
    – Valorum
    Feb 1, 2016 at 17:05
  • 1
    Wasn't her head. Jul 14, 2019 at 1:58

2 Answers 2


The director has confirmed in an interview that she did indeed explode.

MTV: We all remember the scene where the medics realize that Marlena was bitten by one of the little monsters. They pull her behind a see-through curtain, and then there’s blood all over the place. What happened there?

Reeves: She explodes. All of the medical technicians and all of the military start reacting to the realization that she has been bitten, because other people had been bitten and had horrible fates befall them. If you watch closely, you’ll actually see one guy in particular get wheeled [past the camera], and his innards have exploded from the inside-out. … Apparently, there is quite a bad effect from the venom of these little parasites.

MTV: So once these things bite you, you’ll begin to swell and eventually explode.

Reeves: Yeah, it has a bad effect. It’s not something you would want to partake in.


She exploded.

WARNING: Graphic images ahead... View spoilers at your own risk...

Marlena death gif

Somewhere around the midsection.

Still showing where the explosion starts - ribs

Note two ribs exposed above her waist on the right side of the picture.

She is a skinny girl, but something from the bite caused her to suddenly swell up in the middle and violently explode:

Marlena skinny Marlena ballooned Marlena explodes

  • 9
    Ew. Just, ew. //shudder
    – Martha
    Feb 1, 2016 at 22:05
  • Just realized something else from those stills: her entire midsection is gone. It looks like only her spine is left. Jul 14, 2019 at 2:00

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