Top 10 Satisfying Villain Deaths In Horror Movies



Top 10 Satisfying Villain Deaths In Horror Movies

VOICE OVER: Kirsten Ria Squibb WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp
These horror villains got what they deserved! For this list, we'll be looking at the most iconic demises of horror antagonists that hit all the right notes. Our countdown includes “Carrie”, "Get Out", “Green Room”, and more!

Top 10 Satisfying Villain Deaths in Horror Movies

Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Satisfying Villain Deaths in Horror Movies.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the most iconic demises of horror antagonists that hit all the right notes. Though later sequels may revive the characters or outright retcon their deaths, we’ll be including them so long as they remain dead by the time the credits roll on the films in question.

Which of these did you find the most satisfying? Let us know in the comments below!

#10: Chris Hargensen & Billy Nolan

“Carrie” (1976)
The titular character of this horror film is a villain in her own right, but her destructive ways only came about through the machinations of her persecutors, Chris and Billy. Chris is the high school’s resident popular girl, and Billy is her good-looking, if dimwitted, boyfriend. Chris receives detention for tormenting Carrie, and in retaliation, plots a rather malicious prank on the poor girl. This famously activates Carrie’s telekinetic powers, and she ends up killing both Chris and Billy by flipping and blowing up their car. It’s always fun watching jerks get their comeuppance. In this case, it just so happens to come from an unstable blood-drenched teenager with mind powers.

#9: Mrs. Carmody

“The Mist” (2007)
Throughout much of “The Mist,” frustrated viewers are left listening to the inane ramblings of the deranged Mrs. Carmody. A religious fanatic believing that Armageddon has arrived on Earth, Mrs. Carmody begins preaching to the people stuck inside the supermarket and soon develops a cultish following. Her vindictive teachings clash with protagonist David and his more rational group, especially when she begins sacrificing people. However, Mrs. Carmody oversteps her boundaries by attempting to sacrifice David’s eight-year-old son, and the otherwise meek and passive Ollie shoots her during the confrontation. Watching Mrs. Carmody’s demise is satisfying enough, but the moment is really made through the completion of Ollie’s character arc. It’s a huge fist-pumping moment that nearly ends the movie on a high note.

#8: Stuntman Mike

“Death Proof” (2007)
This is the closest we’ll likely get to a Quentin Tarantino horror movie. “Death Proof” concerns Kurt Russell’s “Stuntman Mike,” a serial killer who uses his classic car to terrorize and eventually kill women on the roadways. Unfortunately for him, he picks on the wrong film crew. Following a thrilling high-speed chase, Abbie, Zoë and Kim get the upper hand on Mike, pull him from his car, and beat him to death. Nothing is better than watching the pseudo tough guy cry and whimper like a child, and it’s refreshing to see a slasher movie villain actually lose for once. To that extent, these have to be some of the toughest final girls ever seen on screen.

#7: Svetlana, Natalya & Alexei

“Hostel” (2005)
Eli Roth’s “Hostel” was released in the midst of the torture film era, and two of its biggest antagonists are Svetlana and Natalya. These Slovak women lure tourists with their beauty and then hand them over to the torturers of the Elite Hunting Club. Paxton and Kana are able to escape their respective torturers and flee in a car, where they come across both Svetlana and Natalya alongside fellow recruiter Alexei. Seeking vengeance for his recent disfigurement, Paxton runs all three over in broad daylight. It’s their fault he’s in this horrific predicament, and watching Paxton take some action against his kidnappers is immensely fulfilling.

#6: Darcy

“Green Room” (2015)
This delectably sickening film from Jeremy Saulnier is filled with grotesquely realistic violence. This not only makes the neo-Nazis that much more detestable, but it helps convey the helpless nature of the horrified protagonists. The leader of the skinheads is a man named Darcy, and his downfall comes at the hands of Pat and Amber. Having survived the worst night of their lives, the two pump Darcy full of bullets as he walks away. It was a comeuppance long in the making, and the only disappointing thing is how stoically Patrick Stewart’s character takes his own death; we wanted some Stuntman Mike-type blubbering.

#5: Buffalo Bill

“The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
This horror film contains two iconic villains in Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill. One makes a horrifying prison escape and flees to the Bahamas. The other dies at the hands of Clarice Starling. Both results are satisfying in their own ways. Specifically, Buffalo Bill is a serial killer who skins women in order to make a female suit. It’s a genuinely disturbing motive, and it makes viewers that much more excited to witness his downfall. They get it in a frightening sequence that sees Bill stalking Clarice through the darkened hallways of his basement. Clarice gets the upper hand on Bill, and he dies in a gratifying manner that allows her metaphorical lambs to stop screaming.

#4: Michael Myers

“Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” (1998)
Yes, we know Michael Myers doesn’t technically die at the end of “Halloween H20” as he returns in “Resurrection.” That movie reveals that “Michael” was actually a mute paramedic whom Michael had swapped places with. But come on, does anyone really count that movie as canon? Or even like it? For many, the original timeline ends with “H20,” and that’s because it has a perfect conclusion. After years of torment and post-traumatic stress, Laurie finally vanquishes the boogeyman that had been haunting her every waking minute with one swift swing of an axe. Not only does it nicely conclude her character arc, but watching Michael finally die after twenty years couldn’t have been more rewarding.

#3: The Armitage Family

“Get Out” (2017)
Some outlandish horror plots get a pass in the name of social commentary, and “Get Out” is certainly one of them. This bizarre film sees the affluent Armitage family kidnapping black people and swapping their brains with those of old and disabled white people to provide them with a healthy body. Chris Washington is their next victim, but he manages to free himself and dispose of the entire family through a variety of creative methods. It’s a really fun and satisfying sequence, but perhaps even more satisfying is watching Chris’s friend Rod emerge from a TSA car. That was a close one, and viewers can’t help but breathe a huge sigh of relief when they see it.

#2: Annie Wilkes

“Misery” (1990)
Kathy Bates gives a legendary performance as Annie Wilkes, who is every obsessed fan ramped up to its hopefully illogical conclusion. But you never know. Angry that author Paul Sheldon killed off her favorite character, Annie keeps him bedridden and forces him to write a new story that brings the character back to life, and no, it’s not called “Halloween: Resurrection.” To keep Paul captive, Annie performs increasingly desperate actions like breaking his ankles with a sledgehammer and killing the local sheriff. She’s one of the scariest villains in movie history, and viewers feel immense relief when Paul manages to kill her with a doorstop. By the end, we’re breathing as heavily as he is.

#1: The Xenomorph

“Alien” (1979)
Perhaps the greatest monster movie ever made, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” sees its titular creature stalking the crew of a commercial spaceship. This alien proves harder to kill than any others seen in the franchise, as it doesn’t take any damage and kills five of the crew members. Heck, it proves an iconic villain from the very beginning of its life when it emerges from the chest of poor Kane. It has such incredible power that viewers genuinely believe it could kill everyone, but thankfully, sole survivor Ripley is able to blast it out of the airlock door. It’s not only a thrilling and pleasing ending in its own right, but it also solidifies Ellen Ripley as one of the greatest heroes in movie history.