Top Horror Movie Kill Scenes

By: Larry Dwyer

DISCLAIMER: I do not claim that this list encompasses the best, scariest or goriest kills in horror movie history; this is just a list of personal favorites.

Okay, now that we’ve got the disclaimer out of the way, we can have some fun! I got to thinking about all of the movie kills that disturbed, excited and scared me and I came up with a pretty long list…I probably could have made this a “Top 25” but in the interest of time, I cut it down to ten.

Also, there were some film deaths that I wanted to include in this list (the final scene of “Excision”, just to name one) but alas, but I could not locate video clips of the scenes that I wanted so I cut them out (pun intended).

Here we go!

Friday the 13th Part VII – Sleeping bag bash!
In my opinion, this is one of the best kills of this entire franchise. I remember seeing this in the theater and laughing to the point that people were telling me to shut up. Amazing.

Hatchet – Victor Crowley rips a lady’s head in half.
Instant “LOL’s”. Bless Adam Green’s sick little heart.

Final Destination – Airplane disaster.
Alright, this isn’t even funny. I’m mildly afraid of flying as it is and this scene does not help to alleviate that fear.

The Omen (1976) – Priest skewered by piece of his church.
I think I was a nine year old altar boy when I first saw this and even then I grasped the blasphemy of this glorious bit of film.

Day of the Dead (1985) – Rhodes gets ripped in half.
Never has there been a more deserving death in horror history; this guy was a dick.

Halloween II (1981) – Nurse picked up with a scalpel.
This one always stuck with me. Just the way that Michael comes out of nowhere and lifts her up with a scalpel…love it!

Hellraiser – Frank gets more than just his soul torn apart.
Two of the most perfect words in horror history: “Jesus wept”


Wolf Creek – Head on a stick.
Fuck, how disturbing was this scene? This guy is the anti-Crocodile Dundee.

City of the Living Dead – Drill to the dome.
Literally gave me nightmares for weeks as a kid.

Martyrs – Lucie mows down a whole family.
Bloody hell. Literally. This whole movie is disturbing so if you’ve never seen it, don’t think this is the only scene worth seeing; the whole thing is insane.


Well, that’s it kids! Like I said, it’s not all of my favorites but I think I nailed my top ones. I’d love to hear your favorites and what should have been on my list.

Stay gory, my friends.

Larry Dwyer
Larry Dwyer has been writing for Horror News Network since 2012. Catch up with him on Twitter at @LarryDwyer and read his in-depth bio on our About Us page.

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