A Nightmare On Elm Street: Freddy's 10 Most Creative Kills

The best collection of Krueger kills that made you scared to fall asleep.

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Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street first hit the big screen in 1984 and introduced the world to Freddy Krueger, a fedora-wearing child-killer who was burned alive by the parents of Springwood, Ohio for his crimes. Freddy now stalks the dreams of the children on Elm Street, killing them in fantastical ways after they fall asleep, resulting in their deaths in the real world.

Freddy has become an iconic figure in the world of cinema, with his red and green jumper, fedora hat, bladed glove, and witty one-liners helping to make him both terrifying, but also incredibly watchable.

To date, Freddy has racked up 39 kills across the Nightmare franchise, putting him firmly in the top ten for the biggest killers in the world of horror.

However, what separates Freddy from the rest is the outlandish and imaginative ways in which his victims meet their fates. The kills often take inspiration from the characteristics and interests of the victims and, being in the world of dreams, they're not constrained to just a simple hack and slash that a Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers might dish out.

With that in mind, here are ten of Freddy Krueger's most creative kills across the Nightmare series.

10. Turning Up The Volume - Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare is not only the worst movie in the series, but it is also genuinely one of the worst horror movies ever released. It does, however, feature one kill where the writers must have injected all of their creativity into.

Carlos was the first victim of the movie and was introduced as one of Maggie's patients in the film. He's also shown to be deaf, something that gets horribly exploited by Freddy when he falls asleep.

The kill starts off with Freddy sticking a long cotton bud through Carlos' head, before cutting out his hearing aid, killing the sound from the movie in a nice editing move. Freddy gives Carlos his hearing aid back, but it quickly snaps itself onto him, amplifying his hearing to the point of torture.

Freddy's Dead is definitely the point in which the Nightmare series hit its most slapstick, but Carlos' death manages to find a decent balance, with Freddy playing to the audience with a cheesy grin and an exaggerated performance whilst dropping various objects.

Freddy then starts scraping his fingerknives against a blackboard, causing Carlos' nose and ear to bleed, before his entire head explodes.


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