Today, most classic slasher villains are known as much for their immortality as they are for murder. But there was a time when we didn't believe our favorite big-screen boogeymen would live forever, and movie studio executives agreed.
Several of today's most iconic horror villains have been killed off in grand finales, promising to be the final chapter in their frightening stories.
However, this doesn't mean much in Hollywood, where a killer box office return can resurrect any maniac from the grave.
The following are 5 times classic horror villains were supposed to take their final bow and never return to wreck havoc again.
- Film: Child's Play 3
- Directed By: Jack Bender
- Year of Death: 1991
- Cause of Death: Mutilation via giant fan.
How #Chucky was capable of surviving both #ChildsPlay and its first sequel are beyond me. Nevertheless, his third blood-filled adventure was supposed to be his last. Slasher films were pretty much dead by the time Child's Play 3 was released. So producers felt it was time to finally send our favorite Good Guy to that giant toy box in the sky. It wasn't until Scream resurrected the slasher genre before another sequel was planned.
Watch Chucky meet his maker in the scene below.
4. Freddy Krueger
- Film: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
- Directed By: Rachel Talalay
- Year of Death: 1991
- Cause of Death: Blown to pieces via dynamite.
Like Child's Play 3, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare came at a time when the slasher genre had fallen out of favor. Fans were also growing weary of Kruegers dark humor and had become more cartoonish than scary.
One critic even cited this as the film's biggest flaw.
Freddy Krueger has devolved from the horrific, ill-defined phantasm posited in the original film, into a bland and annoyingly predictable boogeyman, loved by kids everywhere.
New Line Cinema really tried to nail Freddy's coffin shut. But against all odds, he returned a mere three years later in Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
Watch Freddy's short-lived "death" in the clip below.
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3. Jason Voorhees
- Film: Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter
- Directed By: Joseph Zito
- Year of Death: 1984
- Cause of Death: Impaled and hacked to death via machete.
If there's anything we've learned by now, it's if a popular slasher series puts the word "final" in it's name, it isn't true, but back in 1984 fans flocked to theaters for what they believed would be their last trip to Camp Crystal Lake.
Jason was clearly supposed to die for good. The idea to conclude the series came from it's producer, Frank Mancuso Jr. who was afraid the Friday The 13th series would hinder his chances of working on other projects. Little did Mancuso realize he was far from finished with series, and neither were its fans.
Watch Jason's "final" fight in the clip below.
2. Michael Myers
- Film: Halloween II
- Directed By: Rick Rosenthal
- Year of Death: 1981
- Cause of Death: Burned to death.
Although the original Halloween's ending looks like it was setting up for a sequel, that wasn't the case. John Carpenter wanted to leave audiences with the original's ambiguous finale, which was a genius move.
Nonetheless, Halloween II was put into production and Carpenter returned as co-writer to kill Michael Myers himself. But due to fan demand, Myers returned years later in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.
Watch Michael Myers' "death" scene in the clip below.
1. Young Jason Voorhees
- Film: Friday The 13th
- Directed By: Sean S. Cunningham
- Year of Death: 1957
- Cause of Death: Drowned
To the surprise of no one, Jason makes the list again.
In 1957, he drowned in Crystal Lake due to lack of supervision, something Ms. Voorhees was not happy about.
In the years between Jason's watery death and the events that happened in Friday The 13th (1980), Ms. Voorhees took it upon herself to make sure the camp was never reopened and promised to avenge Jason (which she did) if anyone ever returned to Crystal Lake.
It's clear Jason was only supposed serve as the catalyst to the events of Friday The 13th. However, once the decision to make him the villain of the series was made, his origin was changed. Instead of drowning as a child, later sequels suggested he actually survived and raised himself in the woods surrounding Crystal Lake.
Prior to Friday The 13th Part 2 though, Jason was never supposed to come back to life. Watch the death scene that started it all in the clip below.