Here, you’ll find everything you need to satisfy your horrific cravings for serial killer films. We’ve tracked down some notorious serial killers (and the films about them) and prepared a list of the best serial killer flicks ever made.
1. Summer of Sam (1999)
For Spike Lee’s take on the 1977 New York City homicides known as the “Son of Sam” killings, the film centers on a group of Italian-American residents of the Northeast Bronx.
2. Monster (2003)
Aileen Wuornos, a former street prostitute who killed seven men between 1989 and 1990 before being executed in Florida in 2002, is the film’s central focus.
3. Blood and Black Lace (1964)
Fashion salon models (Cameron Mitchell and Eva Bartok) are stalked by a masked man wearing a metal-claw glove in Rome.
4. Dirty Harry (1971)
Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is a cop who wants to catch a rooftop killer before a kidnapped girl dies. The killer’s civil rights have been violated by Harry, who then releases him onto the streets. A school bus hijacking prompts Harry to chase him once more after he is released.
5. Ma (2019)
Ma, a middle-aged woman who prefers to be referred to as Ma, becomes friends with a group of youngsters and invites them to a basement party. However, when Ma’s generosity turns into obsession, what began as a youthful fantasy turns into a horrific nightmare.
6. Friday The 13th (2009)
One Saturday, a group of college students decides to go to Crystal Lake for the weekend, but their choice has tragic consequences. They come across Jason Voorhees, a violent and vengeful murderer who is eager to take their lives.
7. Memories of Murder (2003)
Two incompetent small-town cops are helped by a detective from a big city in their hunt for a serial killer.
8. Happy Death Day (2017)
On the night of her birthday, a college student is murdered, causing her to relive the night in an attempt to find the culprit and prevent her own death.
9. Cruising (1980)
Gay men are being mercilessly murdered in New York City gay bars by a maniac. In order to keep an eye out for the assassin, Detective Steve Burns (Al Pacino) is instructed to wear leather and frequent the city’s S&M clubs.
10. Eyes Without a Face (1960)
It breaks Dr. Génessier’s heart to find out that an accident he caused has left his once-beautiful daughter, Christiane, with a permanently disfigured face, and that others have mistaken her for dead.
11. The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Suspicion falls on Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford, who had previously been considered a pillar of the town, when the son of local magnate Chester Conway is found dead next to the battered body of a prostitute.
12. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
When a man with an amazing sense of smell sets out to make the world’s best perfume in Paris in the 18th century, things take a nasty turn.
13. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
A crooked preacher marries the outlaw’s naive widow in order to gain access to the outlaw’s hidden money. The children of the widow are reluctant to divulge information regarding their father’s theft where he stole money.
14. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)
A detective has been dispatched to investigate a serial killer on the loose in London. One of the Buntings’ daughters begins to suspect that the mystery stranger who has been staying with them is the assassin.
15. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A detective has been assigned to the case in London, where a serial killer is on the loose. One of the Buntings’ daughters begins to suspect that the mystery stranger who has been staying with them is the assassin.
16. Prevenge (2016)
Pregnant widow Ruth believes her unborn child is telling her to exact horrific revenge on those responsible for her late partner’s death in a climbing mishap.
17. Halloween (1978)
It is a story of Michael Myers, a six-year-old boy who killed his babysitter’s adolescent sister on Halloween night when he was six years old and was sent to a mental institution.
18. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1978)
When Sally (Marilyn Burns) and Franklin (Paul A. Partain) learned that her grandfather’s grave had been vandalized, they went out with their friends to investigate.
19. 10 Rillington Place (1971)
John Christie, a middle-aged man who lives with his wife, lends a room to an unsuspecting couple. Christie’s stoic demeanor conceals his dark secret as a serial killer.
20. Frenzy (1972)
Necktie killer stalks London streets, murdering victims in his path. Richard Blaney, the man suspected of killing his ex-wife, is the most likely suspect.
21. Zodiac (2007)
Robert Graysmith, a professional cartoonist, is obsessed with the Zodiac killer. He uses his logical reasoning abilities to narrow the search for the killer’s identity.
22. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
In order to catch a serial killer who has been murdering women, FBI agent Clarice Starling enlists the help of Hannibal Lecter, a psychopathic serial killer and former doctor.
23. Psycho (1960)
After stealing money from her employer, Marion vanishes. Their search for her leads them to the famed Bates Motel, where they come face to face with Norman Bates.
24. Se7en (1995)
According to director David Fincher, this suspenseful psychological thriller centres around a murderer torturing one of the cops as a form of entertainment.
25. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
In Portrait of a Serial Murderer, John McNaughton stars as a seemingly unstoppable serial killer on the run. The film was released in 1986 in the United States.
26. American Psycho (2000)
As a successful investment banker, Patrick Bateman tries to hide the fact that he is a psychopath from his coworkers. His irrational fantasies intensify, and he develops an uncontrollable desire for blood.
27. Badlands (1973)
A young couple flees after killing the girl’s father. As bounty hunters closing up on them, the couple goes on a killing rampage as they try to make it to Montana’s Badlands.
28. M (1931)
When German police fail to apprehend a child killer, M joins the mad dash through Berlin streets.
29. Scream (1996)
A year after the death of Sidney’s mother, the number of killings spikes again in the neighborhood. Because it looks that everyone is a suspect, she begins to wonder if the deaths are connected.
30. The Bone Collector (1999)
As a quadriplegic, Lincoln is on the trail of a serial killer who kidnaps and murders his victims. Later, the assailant starts leaving hints for him and his companion.
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