There have been numerous serial killer movies that are sure to give you the goosebumps. These movies will leave you chilled to the bone and glued to your seats. Here is a list of the top 10 serial killer movies of all time:-
1. The Silence of the Lambs
One of the most decorated serial killer movies on the list, The Silence of the Lambs became the first horror movie to ever win an Oscar. The movie revolves around a bright young FBI cadet who is working on a case to catch a serial killer who skins his victims. The FBI cadet seeks the help of another locked up devious murderer, but there’s a catch – he needs to confide in the shrewd butcher first.
Another one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces, this movie even won him an Academy Award for the Best Director. The movie portrays a money embezzling secretary who cheats her boss and checks into a motel, only to realize that the motel’s mentally disturbed manager has secrets of his own, secrets which are darker than hers.
3. Basic Instinct
The only erotic thriller on the list, Basic Instinct revolves around the investigation of a violent murder by a police detective, Nick Curran played by Michael Douglas and how it leads him to a passionate torrid affair with the prime suspect of the case, a bestselling crime novelist, Catherine Tramell played by Sharon Stone. To add a twist to the tale, the murder seems to have been inspired in itself by Tramell’s novel.
4. American Psycho
With Christian Bale putting on a masterpiece of a performance, this serial killer movie based on the story of a psychological murderer who puts on the face of an affluent, highly looks conscious investment banker has its own series of twists and turns which will leave you disoriented. This movie is based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis of the same name.
This movie stars actor Brad Pitt in the role of an amateur detective who teams up with a seasoned, soon to retire veteran played by Morgan Freeman. The film’s plot revolves around these two detectives investigating a pair of gruesome murders. The serial killer uses the se7en deadly sins as his motivation. This movie was even nominated for the Oscars.
Saw is one of the most twisted serial killer movies on the list, with the serial killer Jigsaw being a ruthless mastermind who develops sadistic and sinister games for his victims. Tobin Bell’s portrayal of the killer deserves a special mention. With a healthy dose of blood, gore & scenes that will chill you to the bone, this one has earned its status as a cult classic.
7. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
A psychopathic chainsaw wielding maniac who wears his victim’s face as a mask and his family of cannibals decide to treat themselves to a group of 5 friends on their way to their grandfather’s. The movie was taken down from several theaters in response to complaints of graphical violence and was banned in several countries. This movie has gained popularity as a slasher horror film and has reached a cult status amongst fans of the genre.
Based on a true story, this David Fincher film starring actors like Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Brian Cox amongst others follows the manhunt of a diabolical serial killer who refers to himself as the ‘Zodiac’. He taunts the police through the medium of letters, blood stained clothing and ciphers which he mails to a local newspaper. How a cartoonist working at the newspaper becomes an amateur detective attempts to solve the case forms the plot of the story.
A sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, this movie is set 10 years after the first part. This movie follows FBI Agent Clarice Starling’s endeavors to capture the serial killer Hannibal Lecter, this time in order to save him from the wrath of his last surviving victim who is intent on sweet vengeance.
10. Natural Born Killers
Labeled as the eighth most controversial movie of all time, this Oliver Stone film revolves around a married couple. Having faced a lot of violence and trauma as children, their idea of fun however involves murdering and slaughtering people. The movie chronicles their strings of brutal crimes and flight to infamy.
Get some popcorn ready for one of the most enjoyable binge watching movie experiences ever.