Top 10 A Nightmare on Elm Street Kills



Halloween is here!
To celebrate the spookiest holiday that there is, let's do a Top 10 Kills list of one of the most imaginative, haunting and classic horror franchises there is: A Nightmare on Elm Street.

In dreams, anything is possible - anything good but also bad. Taking this as an inspiration, horror director Wes Craven created a master of nightmares, Freddy Krueger, with his 1984 classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. Little did Craven know that he instantly created one of the most recognizable and iconic horror movie villains that would stand the test of time and be remembered in pop culture just as much as Frankenstein, Dracula or the Mummy.

In honor of Halloween, the Nightmare franchise and Wes Craven (who sadly passed away this year) we count down the Top 10 A Nightmare on Elm Street Kills. Let's go!...


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#10
"Highway to Hell"
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4Cl_wmoPVI


Kicking off our list is a kill from probably the weirdest and most outlandish (even for Nightmare on Elm Street standards) entries in the Nightmare franchise - Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.

While falling asleep during driving itself is scary enough, at least poor Dan's death was pretty creative thanks to Freddy's involvement.
Here, Freddy took Dan's "need for speed" to a whole new level, merging Dan together with a bike in gory fashion with cables and tubes screwing themselves into Dan's body. Supposedly, the practical effects for this scene were really hard to pull off and required plenty of testing but were really worth the effort. With the bike's cables driving into Dan's hands, legs and even his face while his skin is peeling off, it all looks absolutely painful (all the while Freddy is talking to him through his bike of course).
Ultimately, this weird H.R.Giger nightmare lets Dan drive into (of course) an oncoming vehicle just as he wakes up in his car.

Watch the entire kill here.




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#9
"Mirror, Mirror"
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqtEfRnOXqA


Let one thing be clear right from the get-go: the 2010 Nightmare on Elm Street remake sucks.
With a pathetic feeling attempt to amp up the violence and dark feeling of the original with CGI and loads of gore, the 2010 remake felt just as bland and unimaginative as CGI-ovekill horror remakes get nowadays. If you don't take my word for it, than just look at Freddy actor Robert Englund's opinion right here.
However, the only good thing the remake managed to do was to give Nightmare fans an actually cool final kill of Nancy's mother. Sort of rectifying the goofy looking puppet kill from the original, this time Nancy and her mother return peacefully to their home thinking that Freddy has been killed and is done.
Little do Nancy and her mother know that in an admittedly creative surprise, Freddy is standing right behind Nancy's mother during their conversation as her mirror reflection, abruptly ending the dialogue by launching his claws through the face of Nancy mom - ouch!
Though of course completely done in CGI (just as every other effect in the movie) this kill was still seriously the sole truely creative and best thing about the remake. A tiny sparkle in an otherwise big pile of s#!t - but nevertheless a sparkle.

Watch the entire kill here.
 



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#8
"Master of Puppets"
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waiA1uSgK3w


Talk about a scene where every single move of the victim feels utterly painful to watch.
One more very memorable and creative kill comes from the maestro himself - Wes Craven.
In Nightmare on Elm Street 3, poor Philip gets a serious taste of Freddy being the Master of Dreams - or in this case "Master of Puppets".
Sneaking up on Philip during the night, Freddy takes away Philip's ability to scream through sleep paralysis just as he was about to wake up, only to then carve along his arms and legs to pull out his veins and sinews. What follows is a very grotesque image of Philip being controlled by Freddy who is up above pulling the strings or well...his sinews slowly leading him to a nearby tower window and letting him fall to his doom.
While the falling kill itself is not really something too memorable here, the idea of Freddy controlling one of his victims through parts of his own body as strings is both painful as well as horribly entertaining to watch at the same time. Making matters worse is that all of Philip's friends are helplessly forced to witness the seemingly sleepwalking Philip commit suicide. Thus, it's a no brainer that a kill like this makes it onto the list.

Watch the entire kill here.  




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#7
"Raining Blood"
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-frM2Lf8KE


Superstar Johnny Depp sure left a mark (on the ceiling *badum tss*) with his very first role in a feature film, which was the original Nightmare on Elm Street.
Playing as Glen, the boyfriend of protagonist heroine Nancy, Glen wasn't thinking of anything bad when he kicked back to relax one evening on his bed watching some TV while wearing some headphones to listen to some tunes as well (...?). However, with Freddy having already foreshadowed to Nancy that Glen will be his next victim, one shouldn't be too surprised when poor Glen suddenly gets pulled into a hole in his bed by Freddy's claw. While it's not explicity shown how exactly Glen gets killed, we sure know that the outcome isn't pretty. Shortly after Glen disappears, a giant fountain of blood emerges from the hole covering the entire ceiling of his dormroom.
This kill is a classic and not only for the sole reason that Johnny Depp bites the dust, but also due to its sudden burst of over-the-top gore. After such a fairly harmless pull into the whole without any actuall kill shown, viewers really weren't expecting poor Glen to suddenly become a huge bloody smoothie, making this without any doubt the most gory (or at least most bloody) moment of the original Nightmare.
On top of that, the effect was quite difficult to pull off, since the entire room had to be built upside down so that the illusion could be achieved that the blood sticks to the ceiling. This unluckily enough though also lead to some crew members getting accidentally electrocuted during the shot due to the fact that the room's ceiling lamp was still turned on.

Watch the entire kill here.




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#6
 "Wet Dream"
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfsAgmsa8R8


Though not directed by Wes Craven himself, Nightmare 4 was probably the best non-Wes-Craven-directed entry in the franchise due its several cool kills.
In this one, the themes of puberty, lust and "wet dreams" quickly get adapted into a Freddy kill with the help of what else? - a water bed.
Here, Nightmare 3 survivor Joey one day listens to some music on his super cool waterbed until quickly and peacefully falling asleep (thinking that they killed off Freddy in the last movie). Suddenly all his dreams seemingly have come true when he discovers that a beautiful naked lady is swimming inside his water bed flirting with him. However, it doesn't take long till it all hits the fan and Freddy bursts out of the water slicing through the bed. Of course a joke on the term of "wet dream" follows right before poor Joey gets pulled deep into the water and stabbed by Freddy's blades.
Following the Johnny Depp kill, this is yet another one that was very complicated to pull off regarding the practical effects involved. With a separate water tank built underneath the water bed for the actors two dive in, the effort put into the scene was well worth it. It was only a matter of time till Nightmare fans would get to see a water bed kill, and director Renny Harling didn't disappoint with this relatively tame but nevertheless very imaginative kill.

Watch the entire kill here.




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#5 
"Prime Time"
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrHkuu2jYN4


The build-up and the fatal strike itself are what make this late night kill so memorable.
Once again from Wes Craven's Nightmare on Elm Street 3, we got Jennifer, one of the ward's patients, keeping herself awake through the night with the help of smoking and watching TV.
However, it doesn't take long until Jenny finds herself dozing off briefly, feeling that sleep is lurking in on her. Trying to focus more on the broadcast show, things suddenly turn nightmarish when Freddy appears in the TV's talkshow killing off one of the guests and cutting the broadcast. Jenny being confused about all this slowly approaches the TV when Freddy takes things one step further by grabbing her as the TV itself and smashing her head into it after another cool one-liner. 
We all know this feeling and situation of trying to stay awake late at night to just watch that certain movie or show till the end, until sleep eventually defeats us. This is mostly what makes this greatly constructed kill work so well. Freddy's approach is slowly but undeniably announced through increasingly intense elements in a situation that we can all relate to, when we ourselves forcefully try to stay awake. It all makes the Mortal Kombat fatality kill at the end only the cherry on top.

Watch the entire kill here.




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#4
"First Blood"
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MLLMASSXSg


And it all started with this one:
Tina's death from the original Nightmare on Elm Street might not be one of the most creative kills itself, yet thanks to a stellar and very long build-up in the form of Tina being chased by Freddy in her dream (actually it's two build-ups - one during the intro and one just before the kill itself) Tina's death remains unforgettable.
Most notably, it's the haunting establishment of Tina being the very first Elm Street teenager being constantly terrorized by Freddy in her dreams that grips your attention. Viewers witness Tina becoming more and more scared and paranoid throughout the movie. With Freddy torturing Tina mentally in her dreams though, viewers up until then only got to see Freddy chasing Tina around in her dreams but never doing any harm to her...until now.
During Tina's last nightmare, Freddy finally manages to catch up to her and slice her body apart. Even though there are no limbs being chopped off (although Wes Craven had to cut the scene because it originally was "too bloody" for the studio), its the frantic screams of Tina while being torn across the room covered in blood while her boyfriend helplessly has to witness her death that make this scene terrifying. Tina's death gave audiences the very first taste of what freakish killing Freddy is capable of. This is the moment when viewers really got scared of him and s#!t started to get real.

Watch the entire kill here.  




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#3
"Skin the Cat"
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFeNebpWRek


Recognize something here?
That's right. As an homage to Tina's death from the original Nightmare on Elm Street, director Wes Craven sort of recreated it in a different location.
In his outstanding cerebral New Nightmare from 1994, babysitter Julie definitely should've stormed right out of the room when sleepy little boy Dylan spots Freddy standing right behind her. But with Julie not able to see him, Dylan's warnings are in vain. Julie gets stabbed by Freddy's claw hand in her back right before being dragged across the wall and ceiling, smearing blood all over the place.
With the practical effect giving the illusion that gravity drastically shifted as Julie is dragged screaming, Wes Craven really made the nightmarish imagery work perfectly here. But what really helps to sell this scene are especially Freddy's direct presence (in comparison to the invisible Freddy in Tina's death) and the frantic music starting to cue in during Julie's final moments.

Watch the entire kill here.



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#2  
"Shedding Skin"
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj-U15x0MdU


Even though Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is considered one of the weakest entries in the franchise (next to the horrible 2010 remake), there is no denying that despite its many logical flaws, the movie has made for some quite gory and memorable moments.
Aside from the several homosexual undertones all across the movie, what sticks out the most is especially protagonist Jesse's slow metamorphosis to Freddy.
In most probably the prime highlight of the movie, paranoid Jesse is staying with his friend Grady to watch over him during the night when all of a sudden Freddy bursts into the scene - literally.
With Freddy being actually inside Jesse's body, the transformation scene here is very gory and painful to watch: from Freddy's blades pushing through Jesse's fingertips, over his skin bursting, all the way to Freddy pushing himself through Jesse's stomach! It's really disgusting and most notably traumatizing for Jesse's friend Grady to watch.
And yes, even though this is technically not a kill because Jesse later returns to his normal form (yes, the plot holes are gianormous here), at least Grady bites the dust just after Freddy emerges, making this one of Freddy's rare double kills...sort of.

Watch the entire kill here.
 



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#1
"Pest Control"
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n4lVWFwFoM


The number one spot belongs to a kill that includes all necessary ingredients: terrifying screams, gore and creative nightmare imagery - like Debbie's death from Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
Being a quite long kill with several phases if you will, Debbie's demise takes place just as she is benchpressing some weights as Freddy arrives in her dream. First off, Freddy pushes the weights down on her so hard that her arms break off at the elbows. But we are not done yet! Instead of simple broken bones, Debbie's arms fall right off, exposing some nasty looking giant roach legs in their place, starting her disturbing transformation into an insect. All of a sudden Debbie finds herself in a weird looking place with no way of escape - a giant roach motel. With her feet beginning to stick to the roach trap's ground, she falls over and lands face first into the sticky slime. As she tries to stand up, the sticky slime rips her face straight off exposing a giant roach head. Ending this disgusting transformation is ultimately Freddy's line "You can check in, but you can't check out" as he squishes the roach motel box in his hand together with Debbie inside.
This kill is another one of those great examples of how awesome practical effects can be. With no CGI-involved, the disgusting transformation of Debbie into a roach is right up there at Cronenberg's The Fly-level and thus truely terrifying and imaginative at once. With a great performance by Brooke Theiss as Debbie, great gore and practical effects as well as some outlandish scenery (the roach motel and giant Freddy) this has all the elements of a great storybook Nightmare on Elm Street kill.

Watch the entire kill here.  




Have a great Halloween and once again big thanks to Nightmare mastermind 
Mr. Wes Craven for his tremendous efforts in horror movies!







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