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The 5 Best Horror Movie Deaths - Top Kills in Scary Movies

Updated on February 25, 2013

Horror movie fans have an odd quirk: oftentimes, we're just not content to sit down and enjoy a good scare or two with our favorite monsters and psycho mask wearing creeps. No, we've got to quantify everything. That's why so many horror movie buffs get into long discussions and arguments about which horror movie kill is the best. Using an extremely scientific method*, we've managed to determine the five very best horror movie deaths of all time.

Sit back, relax, and soak it all in. Not everyone's going to make it out alive, but you'll be just fine. Be warned, however, this isn't for the faint of heart!

*Top horror movie death rank is determined entirely unscientifically.

#5 - Friday the 13th Part II

Jason vs. the differently abled

Well, good ol' Jason Voorhees might be a lot of things: a killer, a mama's boy, an undead nightmare who pursues his foes like a charging juggernaut. But one thing he isn't is prejudiced. He'll kill just about anyone for any reason, regardless of their race, gender, creed, or handicap. He proved that in his very first starring role in Friday the 13th: Part II when he took out the normally off-limits wheelchair bound teenager.

This was back before the hockey mask, when Mr. Voorhees was just a sack-wearing hillbilly. This was the Friday producers real chance to illustrate just the type of character Jason was going to be. What they chose was completely brutal and just a little bit silly. Just the way i like it.

#4 - The Thing - CPR gone awry

The Thing is one of the best horror movies of all time, hands down. The story of scientists stranded in the arctic with a face stealing alien life form has become such a popular trope that nearly every science fiction or horror series has to pay homage to it at some point. Shows like The X-Files, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, and Stargate have all tried their hand at an episode inspired by the thing. Try as they might, none have been able to match the original.

Why? Mostly because The Thing has some of the best practical effects to ever be put to film. The monsters are fleshy, visceral, and often far more disturbing than any CG monstrosity could hope to be. Mixed with the sense of paranoia and the understanding that any scene could devolve into violence at a second's notice is what really sets The Thing apart.

Here, after a colleague has a heart attack, one of the research station's employees attempts to do some life saving CPR. Things... don't go well.

#3 - Introducing Michael Meyers - A truly dysfunctional family

In many ways, Halloween started the "slasher" genre. There were similar horror movies that came before it, but no one single movie is as responsible for the familiar trope of a masked killer stalking and killing teenagers left without adult supervision. John Carpenter's original entry into the Halloween franchise was far less campier than the blackly comic gore fests that would follow.

One of the best horror movie deaths of all time comes at the very beginning of Halloween. In it, we see through the eye's of a killer as he silently slinks around the house before murdering a young woman who turns out to be his sister. As his parents return home and confront him, the camera pulls back and we see the knife wielding maniac is just a small child. Unlike other villains, Michael Meyers wasn't driven mad by misfortune beyond his control. He was just born bad.

#2 - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Just... look away.

After decades of torturing the kids of Elm Street in their dreams, Freddy Krueger has evolved from an unrepentant killer to some type of sadistic trickster god. Freddy was still in the process of transforming during the third film in the Nightmare franchise. While his kills were much more elaborate and featured a certain dark comedy element, he hadn't yet turned into a pun machine.

In fact, the violence was often at it's most brutal. So brutal in fact, I can't in good conscience share video of this particular horror movie death. Instead, I offer a brief description.

Freddy is haunting a mental health hospital, picking off the patients one by one. Our victim is a young man with a heroin addiction For whatever reason, the dude's just really into puppets. Throughout the movie, you see his creepy marionette and you know, just KNOW, that eventually Freddy K. is going to take it over and kill him.

Except he doesn't. He does something MUCH worse.

He turns the kid into a living puppet. But he doesn't use string. Oh, no. No, no, no. That's too easy. Freddy slices the poor guy's arms and legs and uses his own VEINS to make him dance down a hallway, up to the roof, and then dangle off the side of the building. Ugh. Almost unwatchable. But definitely one of the top horror movie deaths of all time!

#1 - Day of the Dead - CHOKE ON 'EM

In our number one best horror movie death, our victim might not have been the nicest guy left on the planet after the zombie apocalypse, but he might have been the toughest. Seriously, if you have the wherewithal to get sassy with the undead who are munching on you, well, you're a real American hero in my book.

Don't take my word for it, though. Just check out the video below and see for yourself.

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What's your favorite horror movie death?

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      audrey07 5 years ago

      I'm not a fan of horror movies... I can't sleep at night after that! But I can still remember Nightmare on Elm Street. It was scary.