Best Horror Movie Villain Deaths, Ranked By Fans

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Vote up the most gratifying moments when the hero turned the tables on the bad guy.

Even for fans of horror films, watching innocent characters perish takes its toll. This is why the demise of horror movie villains, when done right, can be so satisfying. Some of the creatures, monsters, and slayers on this list come back to wreak more havoc in sequels and spin-offs, but the survivors almost always get to enact some form of retribution.

These villains use dreams, chainsaws, possession, spells, and knives to end their prey. Each of the scenes on this list are broken up into descriptions of the offenders' deeds and how the heroes finish them off. Which protagonist kicks the most butt? Which horror franchise has the best villain deaths?

Photo: The Return of the Living Dead/Orion Pictures

  • 1
    1,037 VOTES

    Paul Slays Annie And Escapes In 'Misery'

    Her Dastardly Deeds: Annie Wilkes is an emotionally disturbed nurse who is obsessed with fictional character Misery Chastain, whom was created by writer Paul Sheldon. Annie saves Paul from an icy car wreck, bringing him to her isolated home to heal. As the days add up, Paul realizes that Annie is not a good Samaritan but a delusional fan. When she finds out Paul wants to off Misery, she loses it. She burns Paul's latest manuscript and forces him to write a new novel that brings Misery back to life. After Paul makes a few attempts at escape, Annie straps him to a bed and smashes his ankles with a sledgehammer to immobilize him.

    How The Hero Turned The Tables: After finishing the new manuscript about Misery, Paul sets it on fire to distract Annie. As she runs to save it, he bashes her over the head with the typewriter and stuffs her mouth with pages from the manuscript. After further struggle, Paul strikes Annie with the base of a large vase, ending her.

    1,037 votes
  • 2
    899 VOTES

    Ripley Blows The Xenomorph Out Of The Airlock In 'Alien'

    Their Dastardly Deeds: The commercial spaceship Nostromo brings aboard an extraterrestrial creature that evolves from a chest-bursting newborn to a fierce, salivating monster with corrosive blood. The creature stalks the industrial corridors of the ship, traveling through the air ducts to avoid detection. One by one, the crew fall prey to the xenomorph.

    How The Hero Turned The Tables: By the time warrant officer Ripley is the last person left alive, she realizes the only way to eliminate the creature is by blowing up Nostromo. She escapes on the ship's shuttle after setting the Nostromo to self-destruct mode. Believing the alien terminated, she prepares for stasis. Unfortunately, the creature made it aboard the shuttle with her, and the exhausted Ripley must once again fight for her life. Sliding into a secured spacesuit, Ripley opens the shuttle's airlock to send it into space. The alien manages to latch onto the exterior engine, and Ripley ignites the exhaust.

    899 votes
  • 3
    851 VOTES

    Sarah Connor Crunches The T-800 In A Hydraulic Press In 'The Terminator'

    Their Dastardly Deeds: By 2029, an artificial intelligence network called Skynet has ended human civilization in a nuclear holocaust. A man named John Connor leads a resistance against the machines, but Skynet sends a cyborg, the T-800, back in time to eliminate John's mother Sarah. A metal android disguised by living tissue, the Terminator can pass for human and slays anyone who gets in the way of its mission.

    How The Hero Turned The Tables: A member of the Resistance, Kyle Reese, is sent back in time to warn and protect Sarah. As a team, the two stay a step ahead of the T-800, and fall in love in the process. In the end, Kyle sacrifices himself to save Sarah, but does not completely destroy the T-800. In a final, desperate struggle, Sarah draws what's left of the machine into a hydraulic press and annihilates it. Sarah escapes, and though she does not avert Judgement Day, her son John will be born.

    851 votes
  • 4
    905 VOTES

    Stuntman Mike Gets Chased Down And Stomped In 'Death Proof'

    His Dastardly Deeds: Hollywood stuntman Mike McKay uses his rigged car as a tool to lure in women and then off them. He brutally slays four women in the first half of the film. Then, months later, three friends in Tennessee are test driving a 1970 Dodge Challenger - with stuntwoman Zoe Bell clinging to the hood. Mike lingers in the distance, ready to ambush. With both vehicles cruising the Tennessee highway at top speed, Mike hits the Challenger multiple times, and manages to throw Zoe off the hood.

    How The Heroes Turned The Tables: The girls get Zoe back into the car and pursue Mike in the Challenger. A chase ensues, and it becomes obvious Mike has targeted the wrong group of women. In the final scene, the three women run Mike off the road, pull his body out of his wrecked car, and then beat him to a pulp.

    905 votes
  • 5
    635 VOTES

    Freddy Krueger Is Devoured By The Souls He’s Collected In 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 4'

    His Dastardly Deeds: In the fourth installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, Freddy continues to menace teenagers from Westin Hospital. In the previous film, Dream Warriors, Nancy Thompson, who becomes a nurse, teaches teenagers at the mental health hospital how to fight Krueger in their dreams. As the teens go back to their normal lives, Krueger puts their abilities to the test by stalking them while they slumber. Throughout the film, he uses his supernatural powers to eliminate them.

    How The Hero Turned The Tables: As the teens perish, their dream powers are transferred to a young woman named Alice. With each passing, she absorbs the abilities bestowed upon her friends, becoming the ultimate adversary for Krueger. At the end of the movie, the two face each other in the dream world. When it appears Freddy is going to defeat her, Alice recites a nursery rhyme called "The Dream Master" while forcing Freddy to look at his own reflection in a mirror. All of the captured souls within him squirm and fight, which tears Freddy apart. Alice watches as her friends' spirits are set free from Freddy's lifeless husk.

    635 votes
  • 6
    513 VOTES

    Chucky Takes One In The Heart In 'Child’s Play' (1988)

    His Dastardly Deeds: A "Good Guy" doll is possessed by the spirit of serial slayer Charles Lee Ray, and becomes the toy of Andy Barclay. In his quest to restore himself to a new body, Chucky commits a series of gruesome acts that lay the suspicion on Andy. However, Andy's mother Karen slowly realizes his favorite new plaything may indeed be to blame.

    How The Hero Turned The Tables: Karen and Detective Mike Norris are able to use Chucky's voodoo against him. The spell he used to transfer his soul to the doll does not ensure immortality, and the longer he lives in the doll, the more human the doll becomes. This means Chucky has internal organs that can be damaged. Andy, Karen, and Mike throw everything but the kitchen sink at the evil doll until Mike finally gets him through the heart. The film ends with Andy gawking at the charred remains of his toy before moving on with his life (at least until the sequel).

    513 votes