Intense Serial Killer Movies:
Serial Killers have fascinated people for as long as anyone can remember as people want to understand the rationale behind their actions. This is precisely the reason Movies on serial killers have always attracted viewers. They are horrifying, deranged, violent and disturbing and that is why people love to watch them.
#10: Monster (2003)
Monster tells the terrifying story of the real-life prostitute turned serial killer, Aileen Wuornos. She is played by Charlize Theron in this movie and she does an amazing job portraying the deranged character. The movie tries to uncover the reasons which led her to kill several men. You’ll sympathize with her at times, which is scary in itself.
#9: Memories of Murder (2003)
Bong Joon Ho was making amazing movies way before the Oscar-winning Parasite (2019), and Memories of Murder is one of his best works. The movie is based on Korea’s first serial murders which took place between 1986-1991. The movie is slow-paced and a gift for true-crime lovers and cinematography perfectly fits the chilling theme of the movie.
#8: Saw (2004)
The movie marks the birth of the infamous serial killer, Jigsaw. He is a very unique serial killer, as he never really kills anyone himself and he always gives his victims a chance to redeem themselves. His strange philosophy is what makes him so intriguing. This movie has a very tense environment since the beginning and the twist at the end will send chills down your spine.
#7: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the most iconic slasher movies of all time and it features an entire family of cannibalistic serial killers. The movie has a pretty simple story, but it is the blood and gore-filled execution of that story which makes it super special.
#6: American Psycho (2000)
Based on the controversial book by the same name, American Psycho is a crazy movie about the deepest and darkest fantasies of a man. Christian Bale gives one of his creepiest performances in this movie and his character is unredeemable. The content of this movie can surely upset a lot of sensitive people.
#5: Halloween (1978)
Halloween is a classic slasher horror movie that features Michael Myers, a psychopathic serial killer who likes to stab people to death. This movie has had a very big impact on the horror genre as it has inspired a lot of movies. John Carpenter’s unique direction style made this movie into a masterpiece. Halloween has managed to scare an entire generation of fans.
#4: Zodiac (2007)
Zodiac is not a traditional serial killer movie as it does not focus much on violence and blood, instead, it highlights the characters. It packs a stellar cast who perform excellently. Zodiac is amongst David Fincher’s finest works as everything in the movie feels perfect. If you want an unforgivable thrilling experience, then do not miss Zodiac.
#3: Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the best horror movies of all time and a lot of credit goes to the amazing Anthony Perkins, who was just perfect as Norman Bates. Every Serial Killer and horror movie owes something to Psycho as it changed the entire landscape of the industry. Even after 60 years, it still holds a lot of weight.
#2: Se7en (1995)
Se7en is a brilliant movie from start to finish and it is David Fincher’s masterpiece. Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and Kevin Spacey were exceptional in this movie. It is a suspenseful movie that raises the intensity exponentially as it progresses. The ending of this movie is iconic and we do not think anyone would ever forget that.
#1: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal Lecter is the most chilling serial killer and he deserves the top spot. Anthony Hopkins’ performance immortalized the character and made this movie a masterpiece. Hannibal Lecter is truly a remarkable character as he can instill fear just by talking. His reasoning behind the killing was simple, he was just hungry and wanted to eat some good meat.