10. Kerry - A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
This kill makes my list at number 10 because of its stereotypical "one final scare" approach that has come to plague scary movies. Like in Nightmare 1, we don't know if this is really happening or not, but we do know another movie is coming (unlike the ending in Wes Craven's New Nightmare).
9. Coach Schneider - A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
I'm pretty partial to shower-murder scenes because one of my scariest childhood memories was the shower scene from Stephen King's IT, which is why I refuse to use a bathroom stall with a drain in it, to this day. This scene shows Jesse helplessly watching as his coach, Coach Schneider, is tied up and whipped with towels, eventually being murdered. The best part is Jesse seeing the claw on his own hand and realizing what he thinks he has done.
8. Dan Jordan - A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
This scene is one of those that confirms my belief that, in regard to the horror genre, practical effects trump CGI. When the bike starts to pierce the skin on his hands and you see it go up his arms, I physically felt the pain with him. This is one of my favorite kills because Dan becomes a great combination of Freddy meets Ghost Rider.
7. Phillip Anderson - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
In another scene that provokes sympathy pain, the sight of Phillip's veins being ripped out of his body and being used to walk him around like a (even more) creepy marionette doll is something that plagued my dreams for quite a long while. I mean, marionette dolls are creepy enough as it is... but with Freddy as the puppetmaster? No, thank you. Not a puppet show I'm interested in watching.
6. Debbie Stevens - A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am deathly afraid of cockroaches. In fact, use of a semi-automatic weapon to kill one is perfectly acceptable in my opinion. That being said, I still have a hard time watching this scene. The way he breaks her arms in half - the sound of it - gives me goosebumps. But, when her arms turn into cockroach's limbs and she gets caught in the roach motel... to quote my Miami girls, "I can't even!"
5. Glen Lantz - A Nightmare on Elm Street
Johnny Depp's first motion picture. Who would have thought that this smooth baby faced would later be more concerned about where the rum went? Actually, on second thought, it sounds like he transitioned into adulthood with the same concerns that I have. There is such nostalgia in this scene. It is probably one of the most memorable scenes in the Nightmare franchise. Poor Glen gets sucked into his bed and has his blood splattered up to the ceiling like a fountain. I always wondered why the blood kept moving to the left, though. Was this alluding to Nancy being next?
4. Joey Crusel - A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
How's that for a wet dream? Poor Joey. He got the short end of the stick on two nightmares; once in Dream Warriors and again in The Dream Master. Just as a reminder, this is how Joey almost met his doom in Nightmare 3...
Now back to his death; I felt kind of obligated to put Joey and Glen's deaths back-to-back on this list, but Joey's takes the cake on this one. He fought back harder than Glen, there was more interaction with Freddy, and the part where his mom finds him wrapped in his own water bed is a classic scene for me. Unfortunately, every clip I found had that part cut out -- [insert thumbs down here].
3. Tina Grey - A Nightmare on Elm Street
There is no way I could make a top 10 list and not include Freddy's first victim, Tina Grey. Also, if you watched my intro video, you know why Robert Englund made this kill a little more special in my eyes. This was my first scary movie and therefore this was my first murder scene. It will always have a place in my heart. The way he stalked her and then dragged her body around the wall and ceiling as blood is sputtering every where, to then see her lifeless body fall to the bed makes this one of the most iconic horror movie scenes of all time - hands down.
2. Chase Porter - Wes Craven's New Nightmare
Sadly, I could not track down one clip of this scene. But, the show must go on. Now, I know I praised Tina Grey's death as one of the most iconic, but the one that beats it for me is Chase Porter's death scene in New Nightmare. His scene is so well crafted. The husband of the woman that played Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is murdered in a way that pays homage to one of her most memorable scenes and one of horror's most famous scenes... Yep. The bathtub scene:
The way the claws come out slowly between his legs, we all feared for his junk! But in the end it was a claw to the chest (similar to Tina Grey) that manifested Chase's doom.
1. Julie - Wes Craven's New Nightmare
Julie's death scene brings our beloved antagonist full circle; his last kill mimicking his first. I personally believe that (prepare your angry rumblings of blasphemy) Wes Craven's New Nightmare was the best film in the franchise. The plot is great, Freddy is darker, more evil, and therefore Julie's death (a la Tina Grey) is more in your face under the bright lights of the hospital room. The addition of Dylan being the only one seeing her makes this scene all the more sinister.
So there you have it! My top 10 Freddy Kruger kills and my very first Moviepilot post! Hope you enjoyed!
Did I miss your favorite kill? Tell me what your favorites were in the comments!