Sunday, June 18, 2017

Top 10 Serial Killer Films

I am a big fan of serial killer films.  This list took some time to put together because I like a lot of these types of films.  These are not in any particular order, by the way.  I'm only listing films, not television shows.

1. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
This film is about Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole - real serial killers - who team up and go on a serial killing spree.  It stars a young Michael Rooker (Guardians of The Galaxy) and Tom Towles (House of 1000 Corpses).  This film takes some artistic liberties, so it's not 100% true.

2. Silence of The Lambs (1991)
One of my all time favorites.  This film really got me loving serial killer films.  If you're looking at this list and you have never seen any of these films, start with this one.  It stars Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

3. American Psycho (2000)
Based on a book with the same name, this film is AWESOME because it is relate-able.  That may sound crazy, but our main character, Patrick Bateman, has so many stressors - including his own routines - that he goes crazy and kills.  Also, he likes to spit out music trivia.  Music is pretty good in this film.

4. Ed Gein (2007)
The story of Ed Gein, the serial killer that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.  This actually shows you the mental state of Ed Gein, more than his low IQ and craziness.  This touches a little on what the cops actually found - the real list is long and disturbing (like a a belt made from human nipples).

5. Gacy (2003)
Gacy is played by Mark Holton (Pee-Wee's Big Adventure - "I know you are, but what am I?").  This film never made it to the big screen, but it is pretty good.  Holton does a great job as John Wayne Gacy.

6. Natural Born Killers (1994)
Hands down, this film on the list has the best soundtrack.  Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis star as the killer couple.

7. Citizen X (1995)
Stephen Rea stars as the morgue doctor trying to figure out who is responsible for the bodies.  This is based on the true story of Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo.

8. The Frighteners (1996)
If you are looking for something a little light-hearted this may be the film for you.  Michael J Fox stars as a guy who can see ghosts.  Lately, in his little city, there have been a weird string of deaths that no one can figure out.  This does involve a serial killer couple - one living, one dead.  Also, this is a Peter Jackson film.

9. So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993)
This film is hilarious.  It's about Charlie (Mike Meyers) trying to make it as a comedian/poet in San Francisco, seems to find love while being super paranoid, and then finds ties to her and the serial killer "Mrs. X".  This is actually fairly kid friendly.   I'll leave you with this: "Woman!  Whoa-Man!"

10. M (1931)
Directed by Fritz Lang, the genius behind Metropolis.  Peter Lorre plays a serial killer who preys on children in Berlin.  A manhunt ensues.  This is a classic suspense film.

Runner-Up.  Mr. Right (2015)
Hitmen aren't serial killers, I am told this by my friends who love the serial killer genre.  Technically, they are though they get paid money for it.  Anyway, I'm including this on here because I love Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.  In this film, they are the lead characters!  He's pretty crazy and she's a weirdo who needs crazy.

Runner-Up. Monster (2003)
This is about Aileen Wuornos.  Aileen is played by Charlize Theron.  Based on real events.  Aileen was a prostitute in Florida who went a little nuts after a john decided to beat on her.  Led to a killing spree.  She died by lethal injection in 2002.

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