The 10 Best (and One Worst) 'Nightmare on Elm Street' Deaths

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Dying on the Ceiling

Amanda Wyss in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'.
Amanda Wyss in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'. © New Line

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Victim: Tina (Amanda Wyss)

Description: Slashed in bed and pulled up the wall and across the ceiling of the bedroom, eventually falling back into bed with a bloody splash.

Deep Commentary: A searing denouncement of the unchecked environmental constraints inherent in Earth's gravitational pull.

02
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In Too Depp

Johnny Depp in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'.
Johnny Depp in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'. © New Line

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Victim: Glen (Johnny Depp)

Description: While sleeping, Freddy's glove emerges from the bed and pulls him down into the mattress, after which a geyser of blood erupts from the hole in the bed, drenching the ceiling.

Deep Commentary: A triumphant affirmation of the brotherhood of man and his eternal struggle to maintain clean linens.

03
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Puppet Master

Bradley Gregg in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors'.
Bradley Gregg in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors'. © New Line

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Victim: Phillip (Bradley Gregg)

Description: His arms and legs are sliced open to reveal veins/tendons, which are used to turn him into a human marionette. Freddy walks him to the top of a hospital and cuts the "strings," causing him to fall to his death.

Deep Commentary: The subversive deconstruction of a corporate lifestyle rife with institutional corruption, innate incredulity, crass materialism and evil puppets.

04
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High-Death Television

Penelope Sudrow in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors'.
Penelope Sudrow in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors'. © New Line

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Victim: Jennifer (Penelope Sudrow)

Description: Freddy's arms (and head) sprout out of a wall-mounted television, grabbing her and ramming her head into the screen. ("This is it, Jennifer: your big break in TV!")

Deep Commentary: A stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning in that which is beyond reach, a fateful journey destined to end in facial trauma.

05
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Water Deathbed

Rodney Eastman in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master'.
Rodney Eastman in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master'. © New Line

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Victim: Joey (Rodney Eastman)

Description: Drawn by a naked bikini model swimming inside his waterbed, he's surprised when Freddy leaps out of the water and pulls him inside the bed, drowning him. ("How's this for a wet dream?")

Deep Commentary: A frank exploration of adolescent sexuality drowning in the social mores of an underwater civilization of sea monkeys.

06
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Sucks to Be You

Toy Newkirk in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master'.
Toy Newkirk in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master'. © New Line

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Victim: Sheila (Toy Newkirk)

Description: Freddy gives her a long mouth-kiss, sucking the air out of her body and turning her into a dry husk. ("Wanna suck face?")

Deep Commentary: A neorealist take on the parasitic relationship between humankind and oxygen.

07
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Bugging Out

Brooke Theiss in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master'.
Brooke Theiss in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master'. © New Line

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Victim: Debbie (Brooke Theiss)

Description: Freddy sneaks up on her while she's weightlifting and pushes down on the weights, breaking her arms. From the wounds sprout cockroach legs, and she slowly transforms into a roach, eventually realizing that she's trapped inside a Roach Motel sitting in Freddy's hand. He crushes the box. ("You can check in, but you can't check out!")

Deep Commentary: A majestic paean to female destructiveness, animal rights zealousness and the fruitful bestiality that lies between.

08
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Dream Cycle

Danny Hassel in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child'.
Danny Hassel in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child'. © New Line

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

Victim: Dan (Danny Hassel)

Description: Freddy possesses the motorcycle he's riding, causing its electronic circuitry to fuse with his body, turning him into a cyborg hurtling out of control until he crashes. ("Better not dream and drive!")

Deep Commentary: A striking tour de force of Neo-Luddism and helmet safety.

09
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Stuff Your Face

Erika Anderson in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child'.
Erika Anderson in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child'. © New Line

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

Victim: Greta (Erika Anderson)

Description: Freddy force-feeds her disgusting "food" made from her own body parts until she chokes to death. ("You are what you eat!")

Deep Commentary: A tender and poignant look at man's insatiable hunger for elusive knowledge and the inevitable regurgitation of that which is of sub-Chick-fil-A quality.

10
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Get the Point

Shon Greenblatt is about to die in 'Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare'.
Shon Greenblatt is about to die in 'Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare'. © New Line

Movie: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Victim: John Doe (Shon Greenblatt)

Description: Freddy sets his house on fire, forcing him to jump out -- except he's thousands of feet in the air. Freddy snips his parachute, sending him hurtling to the ground, but not before rolling out a bed of metal spikes, Wile E. Coyote-style, for him to land on.

Deep Commentary: The seminal cinematic embodiment of metaphysical identity, circumventing time and space in a whirlpool of dynastic presumption within the context of modular determinism -- oh look, a nickel!

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BONUS Worst kill: Nintendon't

Breckin Meyer in 'Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare'.
Breckin Meyer in 'Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare'. © New Line

Movie: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Victim: Spencer (Breckin Meyer)

Description: Sucked into a video game, he's attacked by cheap-looking cartoon characters before being tossed around by Freddy's evil joystick. When Spencer's friends swipe Freddy's controller, he proclaims, "You forgot the Power Glove!" (a Nintendo controller at the time) and uses buttons on his clawed glove to push Spence down a flight of stairs, announcing "Now I'm playin' with power!" (Nintendo's slogan at the time).

Deep Commentary: None. I'm surprised that this ridiculous, product placement-strewn, pun-laden ("What do you know? I beat my high score!") scene didn't single-handedly kill the franchise.