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The top 5 horror movie deaths of all-time

Sometimes it's just nice to kick back and escape the horrors of everyday life and watch someone else take one for the team. Over the years, Hollywood has churned out some of the most gruesome deaths imaginable on screen through the use of make-up, prosthetics, CGI, and lots and LOTS of blood.

Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VII
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You can watch every horror film ever made, looking for that perfect kill to get your adrenaline pumping and the vomit spewing, but why bother? There's a lot of garbage out there.

Here's a narrowed down list of the top 5 horror movie deaths of all-time. Check out these films for yourself, but don't come crying to me after you get out of the mental institution. That's what your momma is for.

5. Sleeping Bag Kill (Friday the 13th Part VII) - A Jason Voorhees kill without any blood? Yes, it's true. Who can ever forget seeing our favorite hockey mask wearing killer stuff a young co-ed into a sleeping bag, picking her up, and slamming her against a tree. It's perhaps one of the most memorable 'thuds' ever to grace the screen, and without a single ounce of blood shown, it makes number five on the list. On a side note, when filming the scene, there were actually multiple whacks against the tree, but when it came time for the editing, the filmmakers though that just one, sickening thud would be enough. They were right.

4. Jesus Wept (Hellraiser) - Nothing says gruesome like being ripped apart by a bunch of chains while having some demonic Cenobites looking on. In Clive Barker's 1987 film, Hellraiser, "Jesus Wept," were the last words spoken by Uncle Frank just before he got ripped to shreds, throwing blood and gore all about the room. One of the best on-screen kills ever, and number four on the list.

3. Half-head Rip (Hatchet) - Director Adam Green did it old school in this 2006 flick, going back to the 80's style slasher films to create a memorable villain in Victor Crowley, who is nothing more than a genius when it comes to disposing of his victims. Viewers watched with jaws wide open as Crowley inserted his hands and fingers into a woman's mouth and tore apart her head. Perhaps one of the best kills in the last 20-years, and mimicked to a lesser degree by the film, Mirrors, in 2008.

2. Lawnmower Madness (Dead Alive) - Before Peter Jackson directed The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he gave us this little gem. Dead Alive (or Braindead, as it is known overseas). In what is one of the most blood-soaked scenes ever in film, it features a lawnmower, hungry zombies, and lots of gore. It's one of those kills that is hard to describe, you just have to see it to believe it. Watch it, and behold the insanity to come from the sick and twisted mind of Peter Jackson. Who knew?

1. Splinter in the Eye (Zombi) - Lucio Fulci wins the top spot with this kill. His 1979 film, Zombie (AKA Zombie 2), was the unofficial sequel to George A. Romero's classic, Dawn of the Dead, and it is perhaps one of the best zombie films ever made. Viewers cringed at seeing an undead arm smash through a wooden shutter, grab hold of a screaming woman, and pull her eyeball first into a splinter. Ouch! What's even worse, is that it happens so slowly, prolonging the effect to make you squirm in your seat.

There you have it. A look at some of the best kills ever to grace the silver screen. Watch them with your fingers over you eyes, or watch them with a bowl of popcorn by your side. Either way, you can take comfort in knowing that when it's all over, you can turn off the television and keep telling yourself, "It's only a movie."


  • Mindy 5 years ago

    Great choices!! It would be so hard to narrow them down.

  • Jennifer Hudock 5 years ago

    Watching Frank get ripped apart by Cenobites always makes my skin hurt. Great list. Now I need to go wash my brain of these horrific images.

  • Kira 5 years ago

    Dead Alive has not only some of the best deaths, but also the most prolific.