My Picks: 5 Best Horror Movie Kills

In spite of the holiday season, I give you my top five horror movie kills. The videos contain graphic content and I think even a little boob, so head’s up! Do share your opinions in the comment section below. 

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In the 1978 original by John Carpenter, a young Michael Meyers kills his older sister, Judith, with the horror movie go-to weapon, a kitchen knife, before being institutionalized for the murder. This scene may have been a simple stabbing to some, but the iconic slash-fest set off a hugely successful franchise that continually markets every generation of horror fans. The cult classic has had its share of kills over the years, especially in Rob Zombie’s take on the film, (2007), where young Mikey butchers not only his older sister and her boyfriend, but her mother’s boyfriend, and a school bully, all within the first quarter of the flick.  With a total of 10 Halloween movies, it is safe to say this film will continue to evolve over the years.


  • Rotten Tomatoes (original): 94%
  • Rotten Tomatoes (Rob Zombie): 25%

Here’s the clip!

Here’s the Rob Zombie version! 

(Worth the watch)


The Birds

The mere thought of being pecked to death by swarms of birds is enough to make me hate every adorable bluejay and cardinal that fly innocently around my house for all of time. For the most part, I do not think this can really happen. I’m not sure if Alfred Hitchcock knew that this book adaptation of the same name would be so wildly famous, but I only wish I had the brains to think of something so relatively simple, like birds, and have them go crazy enough to break through doors and windows. The kicker here… the important thing to remember about a film like The Birds, is it easily had the potential to be unbearably cheesy. I for one, have never really looked at large groups of birds the same since.

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 96%


Here’s the Clip!



Maybe she only lasted twenty minutes, but Drew Barrymore’s character Casey was the ultimate opening murder scene. What better way to set up a movie than by having a pretty young girl witness what her football stud-boyfriend’s entrails look like before having her stabbed to death and strewn from a tree for her parents to see? Its seemingly unoriginal concept- a serial killer on the loose whose identity is hidden by costume- proved scary and suspenseful with a much-appreciated splash of teenage movie humor to make it a fantastic date night thriller. I mean, I still have moments when the home phone rings and I get a little anxious. Anyone else? Bueller, Bueller?


  • Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Here’s the clip! 


A Nightmare on Elm Street

Okay, maybe I’m a little off the charts here on this kill, but Johnny Depp forever holds a soft spot in my heart. The 1984 original by Wes Craven was Depp’s first acting gig… ever. The idea of being killed in your sleep while you dream by some burned-face freak with knives for fingers was so popular- raking in over 26 million dollars worldwide in the box office- that Nightmare on Elm Street movies are still being pumped out to date. Glen Lantz (Depp) died a death much different than the other victims on this last, and for that, it deserves a wee bit of recognition. Only a mind like Craven’s would think to pull a young man through his bed, tear him to shreds, then torpedo every last ounce of blood back through the mattress and onto the ceiling for a rather grisly death scene.

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

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Here’s the clip!



The shower murder in this 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic is one of the most popular movie murders ever. The grim stabbing of Marion Crane in her motel shower by Norman Bates remains a staple in the horror genre, while Psycho remains a cult classic even seventy-three years later. Although we never get to see knife into stomach, the impact this has likely had on people who step into the shower every day is what makes this murder scene so brilliant. I mean, how many times can we chalk those creepy noises we hear mid-showertime-showtunes-get-down to “the house settling,” before we consider Google’ing where to buy a psycho-proof shower curtain?


  • Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

Here’s the clip!


sarah On The Go! pick for most upsetting kill

The 1974 horror flick based on true events was not only terribly sad, but also one of the more memorable murder scenes in real life to motion picture history. The movie opens up with the flashbacks of the incident that left six people dead after Ronald DeFeo killed his family: both of Ronald’s parents, his three younger brothers, and his younger sister Allison. The house, which was built on an ancient Indian burial ground, supposedly possessed Ronald and led him to carry out the gun-murders. Besides it being a true story, the part that gets me all teary-eyed is when little Allison is found by her killer brother in the closet and asks, “What’s wrong?” before he shoots her in the head. So maybe this can’t be considered the “best” kill, but it most certainly takes the cake for most upsetting.

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 24% (F*ck Rotten Tomatoes, definitely worth the watch!)

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7 thoughts on “My Picks: 5 Best Horror Movie Kills

  1. Birds scare me too. When I was little, there was a nest in my playhouse that I didn’t know about. Mama Bird came home and went ballistic and my mom had to rescue me with an umbrella. Been petrified of them ever since. Also, one got in my house once when just my sister and I were home. It was awful.

    1. That’s so funny because my friend was just telling me how much I needed to see that. I actually just saw The Ring for the first time this Monday… I have a lot of catching up to do. I’ll be sure to watch What Lies Beneath soon! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Cool post. You nailed some key deaths – the Casey Becker thing terrified me in 7th grade and Scream totally revitalized the slasher sub-genre, so kudos to Scream. Nightmare – I think I’d vote the Tina death over Johnny D., but they’re both really great =)

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