I have narrowed down my list of movies and corresponding effects I wanted to imitate to the five below:
1. Kill Bill Volume 1 - the decapitation effect: http://cdn.miramax.com/media/assets/KB-WM-11.jpg
2. Gladiator - the Face cut effect: http://i.imgur.com/HpjNFdU.jpg
3. American History X - the Curb Stomp effect: http://geekshizzle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/American-History-X-Curb-2.jpg
4. Movie 43 - The Poop Explosion: http://i.imgur.com/TyboMtO.jpg
5. Shoot 'em Up - The Finger Break: http://i.imgur.com/jKHGdBz.jpg
I found a cool behind the scenes image album for kill bill here: http://www.miramax.com/subscript/kill-bill-vol-1-behind-the-scenes-photos/
I really actually want to do one of the effects from a Taratino film just because they are so cool.