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Ranking Freddy Krueger's Best Kills from A Nightmare on Elm Street

Updated October 10, 2019 2.7k votes 489 voters 25.8k views12 items

List RulesVote up the most outrageous Freddy Krueger kills.

Say what you will about Jason, Michael, and Hannibal - no slasher villain has ever come close to Freddy Krueger's killing creativity. In fact, it's not even a contest. 

So let us take a moment to pay tribute to this wanton master of dream mayhem - truly one of our all-time favorite horror movie maniacs. Nobody kills with the style and humor of Freddy, and no horror franchise has been as much wicked fun as A Nightmare On Elm Street

This list includes some of Freddy Krueger's most memorable kills of all time. But whatever you do, don't fall asleep watching them...

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    Puppet on a String

    Puppet on a String is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Ranking Freddy Krueger's Best Kills from A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Video: YouTube

    In case you were wondering, being turned into a human Pinocchio sucks. From NOES 3, Freddy says "Jump!" and this guy says, "How high?"

    Little-known trivia fact: the original music for this scene was "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon.

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    Too Much TV Is Bad for You

    Too Much TV Is Bad for You is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Ranking Freddy Krueger's Best Kills from A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Photo: Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors / New Line Cinema

    Yes, your parents are right, sitting too close to the television screen is bad for your health - especially when a sociopathic ghost is involved. This classic kill clip features long-forgotten celebs Dick Cavett and Zsa Zsa Gabor, who apparently accidently wandered onto the Nightmare film set after they wrapped up a guest appearances on The Love Boat.    

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    Drugs Kill

    Drugs Kill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Ranking Freddy Krueger's Best Kills from A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Video: YouTube

    Taryn was doing pretty well in this knife fight until the Fredster used dirty tricks against her - throwing her old vices back in her face to get the better of her. Special shout-out to the victim's awesome mohawk though. Punk's not dead, girlfriend - even if you are!

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    No Pain, No Gain

    No Pain, No Gain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Ranking Freddy Krueger's Best Kills from A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Video: YouTube

    One of the most brutal and weird deaths ever conjured up in Freddy's dream world is this cool little snuff job from NOES 4. This one begins as a send-up of the 80s workout craze and ends up turning into something out of Kafka. Truly inspired slaughter with a great tag line at the end!

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