My Top Ten Nightmare On Elm Street Deaths

I’ve always loved the Nightmare On Elm Street films although I’ve never been in love with bloody slasher flicks. Give me a creepy psychological or supernatural “horror” instead and I’m happy. I liked a few slashers in the fake-looking gore of my beloved Eighties but I stay the hell away from gory modern day films. Gross. There was something about the Elm Street series, though, that I found fascinating from the first time I saw the first film at a party at the age of 13. Dream Warriors was my second Elm Street movie a year or so later and remains my most-watched as I recorded it off of TV & played it over & over again. I eventually watched the rest but, let’s face it, those two are by FAR the best. 

Admittedly, this top ten list is very heavy on Elm Steet 1 & 3 as those are the most special to me. And as with all my lists, this is my own personal top ten so I’m sure some won’t agree with all my choices. For the record, I’ve not included any Freddy “deaths”, only those of his victims. So here are My Top Ten Nightmare On Elm Street Deaths:

**SPOILERS (obviously)**

10. Ceiling Death: Part II

Victim: Julie Peyton McKenna in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

This one probably deserves to be a bit higher but I’ve not watched New Nightmare since the night I went to it when it came out in 1994. It deserves a mention, though, for re-creating one of the original film’s most iconic scenes. 

9. Waterbed Death

Victim: Joey Crusel in A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

It was only a matter of time before a waterbed was used in an Elm Street death scene! Waterbeds were weird things… Has anyone here ever had one?? Anyway, the water turning red with blood was pretty effective. And there were boobs in this scene, too! 

8. Video Game Death

Victim: Spencer Lewis in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

I know this might not make most lists. It’s indeed one of the more “cheesy” kills but, hey – at least I’ve not included the roach motel kill! I also admit to having a soft spot for Freddy’s Dead as it’s the first Elm Street film I was able to go & see and I had a fun time seeing it with a couple of friends. And… Breckin Meyer! Someone who actually went on to do some non-horror stuff after being in a horror film! 

7. Impaled On Car’s Tail Fin Death


Victim: Donald Thompson in A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

This is the first of two Elm Street deaths that upset me. Well, upset is a strong word… Anyway, I was still young when I first watched this & I think I somehow thought that heroes from the first film would somehow survive (I’d clearly not yet watched enough slashers). This death ties in with the more obvious one that’ll be higher on the list. And… John Saxon! Did this dude love being in movies or WHAT?! (IMDB lists him as being in 201 things. Way to go, John Saxon!)

6. Television Death

Victim: Jennifer Caulfield in A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Another cheesy but fun death and one of my favorite Elm Street lines: “Welcome to prime time, bitch!”

5. Comic Book Death

Victim: Marcus “Mark” Gray in A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Do people like this one? I have no idea but I always loved it. It also lacks gore, which is nice for a wuss like me. I suppose it totally rips off A-ha’s Take On Me video but, oh well – that video rules. 

4. Cruel Trick By Freddy Death

Victim: Nancy Thompson in A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

This one made me so mad. How could they kill off Nancy?! And to have Freddy pretend to be her dad was just cruel. 😦 😦 😦 😦 (okay, I’m over it now)

3. Sucked Into Bed Death

Victim: Glen Lantz in A Nightmare On Elm Street

Ah, my beloved Johnny Depp… I miss you, 80s & 90s Johnny Depp! Come back to us! What an awesome scene this was. Sucked into a bed! A geyser of blood! So weird but so original. And cool. 

2. Ceiling Death 

Victim: Christina “Tina” Gray in A Nightmare On Elm Street

I’ll never forget this one. Unlike a lot of Elm Street deaths in later films, which started becoming cheesy and almost played for laughs, this death was genuinely disturbing. I’ve always preferred the mood of the first film and the fact that it feels like an actual scary horror film in a way that the rest don’t. Well, I don’t need to convince anyone that the first film is by far the best – we all know that. But this was the very first slasher movie I ever watched and this death did creep me out (well, I was 13!). That’s what horror movies are meant to do, though. Yet so few manage it. 

1. Marionette Death

Victim: Phillip Anderson in A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

This one is pretty messed up. It’s also a bit gross for me but I think it’s Freddy’s most clever kill. This is the first death where I thought “Oh… That was cool”. Which is disturbing as I don’t exactly like watching people get killed! (This is why fans of only horror movies do scare me a bit). πŸ˜‰ Seriously, though, who thought this scene up? Was it Frank Darabont? I’d like to think so – I’m a big fan of so much of his work. Whoever actually wrote this death is a sick & twisted genius. It still kind of grosses me out. Here you go!:

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29 thoughts on “My Top Ten Nightmare On Elm Street Deaths

  1. You legend! I was so hoping your no.1 slot would be the no.1 slot…if that makes sense πŸ™‚ it’s totally gross! It makes me feel sick even now! It’s awesome.

    Great post all round πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Emma! πŸ™‚ You know, I think this is the first time I’ve EVER been called a legend. I love it! Because I AM a legend, dammit. πŸ˜‰ Glad we agree on the coolest/grossest Elm Street death! Love it. So… Inventive!

  2. Great article. Totally nerdy. These are a lot of my fav kills too. The comic book one was inventive. Same with videogame one. But I agree, the original was best because of the serious approach. 3 is my fav sequel too. Kincaid! And the wizard! Plus Patricia Arquette and Morpheus! Hehe. My fav death ever is Tina in the upside down bedroom. I saw it when I was even younger than you and it terrified me. Imprinted indelibly on my brain. Amazing Halloween article. Loved it!

  3. All creative stuff. A great combination of horror and humor. I almost didn’t watch any of the series. I couldn’t stand Robert Englund as Willie, the wimpy alien on V (1984-85). The show itself was bad enough but Englund’s role was putrid. Being a Wes Craven fan I couldn’t turn these movies down. They totally changed my mind about Englund.

    • Interesting… I saw V but I was pretty young so don’t remember much of it now. Now I want to see it again just for his performance. πŸ˜‰ Glad you decided to give the Elm Street films a chance anyway – it’s definitely my favorite slasher series by far. πŸ™‚

  4. Brilliant, brilliant stuff, Mutant! In a shocking turn of events the bf has been watching horror films with me the last week and a half and it’s all thanks to Freddy. I was watching no. 2 (yeah, it’s a bit shit, I know) and he joined in part way through and then wanted to watch the next one. We watched one a night until we got through the whole lot, and then the went back and watched the first one.

    Since then he’s watched Halloween, Friday the 13th and Poltergeist – what a development!

    I digress… No. 3 is the one that had the biggest impact on me because I watched it when I was so young – with my mum when my dad was on nights. The marionette death haunted me!

    • You’re corrupting your boyfriend! Bringing him into your horror world! πŸ˜‰ Had he not seen any of the movies that you mentioned before?? Classics! Yeah, 3 kind of had the biggest impact on me too as I sneakily recorded it late at night & watched it whenever my mom wasn’t around. She wouldn’t have approved! I guess your mom was cooler than mine. πŸ™‚ The marionette thing is so fucked up yet… So cool.

      • He’s seen bits and pieces of some of them. I’m going to continue his education ☺ My mum might not have let me watch them if it wasn’t for my dad working nights!

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    • Thanks, Abbi! I keep meaning to review all the Nightmare on Elm Streets every October but I’m always too lazy. I figured that this way I was at least finally posting a little something about the series since it’s my favorite “slasher” series by far. πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, they’re dated but awesome. Although 1 & 3 hold up very well. I’m glad so many agree with my number one! I’ll never forget seeing that the first time. Totally creative! Love it. πŸ™‚

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