I want to start this article off by admitting to the fact that I'm very biased when it comes to Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. I am one of those fans that watch movies one through six plus Freddy Vs Jason over and over and over again. #FreddyKrueger and the man who plays him, Robert Englund, will always have a special place in my heart, and in my eyes they can do no wrong.
With all that being said, I wanted to list my top kills from each #NightmareonElmStreet film. I will be talking about the kills from movies one through six and Freddy Vs Jason. No, I will not be talking about the remake that came out in 2010 at all. That film is a whole other article, that I won't even get started on.
7. 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' (1984)
Glen's death in the original Nightmare on Elm Street film is infamous for several reasons. One being that Glen is Johnny Depp. This was Johnny Depp's first acting appearance on the big screen. Freddy Krueger shows no mercy for Glen in this scene at all. This scene is one of the goriest in the franchise.
Freddy drags Glen, his TV, covers, and radio into his bed after a hole emerges. A bloody geyser shoots from the bed onto the ceiling of Glen's bedroom. Glen's body then rises from the fountain of blood and falls back onto his bed, lifeless. That was the end of Glen. The amount of blood used is still shocking today.
6. 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge' (1985)
Ron Grady's death is a personal favorite of mine. The taunting and teasing from Freddy is so intense. Every time I watch this scene all I can do is cheer on Mr. Krueger. To keep the scene short and simple: Krueger impales Ron Grady. Jesse, the main character in the second film, retreats to Ron's room for help. With them both locked up in the room, Jesse starts to transform into Freddy.
The transformation is definitely something to see. Once the transformation is complete, Freddy puts on his famous brown hat, flashes a menacing smile, and goes after Ron Grady. The special effects in this scene are quite phenomenal considering the year it was made.
5. 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors' (1987)
Phillip's death in Nightmare 3 was one of my favorites because of how painful and torturous it looked. While asleep, he has a dream that Freddy is a puppet. Freddy grows to his normal size, cuts Phillip's arms and legs and then pulls out his tendons and veins. Yes, Freddy literally becomes a puppet master, walking Phillip to his death. He leads Phillip out of a window and kills him. It's a gruesome death, and a very memorable one for Nightmare fans.
4. 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master' (1988)
Joey’s death in this film is unique to Freddy’s killing style. After falling asleep on his waterbed, Joey has a dream about a swimsuit model. Freddy then slashes his way through the bed, chaotically slicing at Joey. His infamous line, “How’s this for a wet dream?” is hilariously memorable. You really get to see Freddy's joking and sarcastic personality in this scene. After a few more slick lines from Freddy, he kills Joey by stabbing and drowning him to death in his waterbed.
3. 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child' (1989)
Greta Gibson has one of the most uncomfortable deaths in Nightmare 5. She chokes to death with Freddy's help. Greta, as an aspiring model, is weight conscious. Freddy not only force feeds Greta until she chokes and dies, he feeds Greta her own organs and then shakes her to make sure she cannot breathe. The pain and fear in Greta's eyes sells this scene for me. Freddy hits deep and — once again — shows no mercy.
2. 'Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare' (1991)
While asleep, Freddy appears as Carlos's mother and sticks a extremely large cotton swab into his ear. Freddy then takes Carlos's hearing aid and ear drum and taunts him by running around. When Freddy returns the hearing aid to Carlos, it has turned into a highly sound-sensitive parasite that latches onto his ears. Freddy kills Carlos by making his head explode from the extremely painful and loud sound of his blades scratching a chalkboard. Robert Englund himself did say this was his favorite scene, so I felt it was only right to list this as a top scene. I also really adore this scene because it is very over the top.
1. 'Freddy Vs. Jason' (2003)
Mark's death in Freddy vs. Jason is one of my favorites. Brendan Fletcher, the actor who plays Mark, is so believable in this scene. When watching this scene, it almost feels like I'm watching this man in actual pain. I think Fletcher and Englund's onscreen chemistry is intense and such a great dynamic in this film. Mark falls asleep and finds himself in the bathroom in his dream. His brother sits in the bathtub with the voice of Freddy Krueger. Krueger rants, raves and taunts Mark before rooting him into the ground, forcing him not to move.
When Mark refuses to deliver a message for Freddy, the Springwood Slasher sets Mark on fire and slashes his face. He leaves the message "Freddy's back" burned on Mark's skin. While this all happens, Mark's friends can't do anything but watch their friend get tortured in his sleep.
Well, that was the list of my favorite kills in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. I think I've ranted long enough about my favorite franchise and #slasher icon. I would love to know your favorite death scenes in the franchise — comment them down below!