Author: Laura Cosheril
Originally I had planned to write this article around Halloween… But evidently that didn’t happen. But then I thought to myself, if you’re a real horror movie fan, would you really limit yourself to reading these types of articles only around Halloween? No you wouldn’t. For us horror heathens, Halloween is every day! With that in mind, I’ve compiled a short list of my top 5 horror movie deaths of all time. Just like in comedy movies, you remember the laughs, in horror movies you remember the crazy deaths. I’ve put a lot of thought into this and eventually I’ll make a top 10, but for now here’s a teaser 5.
5. Dawn of The Dead – 2005
In fifth place, I have the 2005 Dawn of the Dead remake. Now this isn’t the usual victim vs killer that would usually be on this type of list, it’s survivor vs the horde. The scene in particular is the dwindling survivor pack decide that they need to leave the shopping mall if they have any chance of long term survival, so they do what any straight-thinking zombie apocalypse survivor would do, they completely pimp out a couple of buses to be mass killing machines. The scenes that follow are filled with tense, knuckle gripping moments of pure blood and gore as they tear through the zombies like butter through little gaps in the reinforced steel plating. Definitely an entertaining and gripping watch.
4. Saw – 2004
It’s almost impossible to pick just one Saw death to include in this list as they’re all incredibly brutal and innovative, I had a hard time narrowing it down to one. I decided to go with the Reverse Bear Trap scene from the first Saw purely because of its brutality. The whole scene with struggling heroin addict victim Amanda Young is tense and nail-biting… will she escape, will she not? That’s the beauty of the Saw films, it’s not outright gore and senseless killings, there’s almost a philosophy surrounding the Saw films that is very easy to relate to and understand.
3. Scream – 1996
I’ll be frank, I adore the Scream franchise. I watched this first around the age of 12 and it scared the crap out of me, ever since it’s always had a special place in my heart. The scene in my heart is where there’s a curfew party and loveable beer wench Tatum (Rose McGowan) goes on a beer run to the fridge in the garage and is cornered by GhostFace. In the beginning she thinks it’s one of her asshole friends playing a prank on her, but soon figures out that it is actually the masked killer who has been plaguing her town. In her attempt to run away, she tries to fit through the cat-flap in the garage door and while Rose is tiny, she’s not that tiny. As the garage door goes up, Rose gets even more trapped until she’s caught in the mechanism leading to a very unique death that stays with you for a while.
2. Friday 13th Part 3 – 1982
I could literally write an entire thesis on the memorable deaths of the Friday the 13th franchise, but alas I am sticking to only five. So in second place I have decided is the eye-bulging scene from Part 3 of the franchise. Aside from the fact that it was originally released for 3D viewing, it was also the first time we get to see Mr. Voorhees with his iconic hockey mask. The scene is memorable for so many reasons, you have to think this was released in the early 80’s so to have an eyeball fly at the camera in 3-FUCKING-D was practically witchcraft back then. Poor Rick and Chris arrive back to the cabin only to find it empty, while Chris checks around upstairs, Rick delves around outside only to be greeted by none other than Voorhees. Voorhees then decides to get a little brutal and creative and squishes his head between his bare hands so hard the eyeball pops out. This scene definitely stands the test of time and is iconic some 30 years later.
1. Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – 1987
Finally, the one that I have been waiting for. I absolutely adore Nightmare on Elm Street, it’s my absolute favourite Horror franchise and yet again, I could write a book on memorable aspects of the movies. The one that stands out above the rest for me is the Puppet Walk scene. Bad boy Philip is sleeping soundly in his bed (NEVER a good start when it comes to Nightmare on Elm Street) when Freddy appears and tears out Philip’s arteries (or tendons…. I’m no doctor) and starts using Philip as his own personal puppet. Freddy forces Philip up a tower before slashing the arteries causing Philip to plummet to the ground and die while his friends watch in horror. This scene is absolutely incredible. It’s tense, it’s amusing, it’s gory it’s everything you look for in a memorable death and then some. Freddy is truly Horror’s most badass killer in my eyes and his victims fall prey to some amazingly unique and creative deaths. If you’re looking for memorable deaths, the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise is the place to be!