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Favourite Serial Killer Movies

I do not know why our society has a huge fascination for Serial Killers. A spawned phenomenon of the 20th Century, Serial Killers offer a glimpse of the darkest realm of the human mind.

There are countless documentires based on the most notorious serial killers that have ever walked the Earth: Ted Bundy, Jefferey Dahlmer, the Hillside Stranglers and Ivan Milat just to name a few. As chilling as these people are- we find ourselves drawn towards their sick and depraved psyche.

The same goes for our taste for entertainment. Movies containing Serial Killers have captivated audiences for many years. Let us take a look at some of the most memorable Serial Killer movies that have ever been made:

AMERICAN PSYCHO:

Based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis, this all star cast now cult classic features great performances by Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Jared Leto. Most notably it stars Christian Bale as Wall Street Yuppie, Patrick Bateman whose blood lust is downright chilling. All this achieved without Christian Bale having to put on a dicky voice to sound menacing. Weirdly enough for a movie that is a touch misogynistic, this movie is directed by a female, Mary Harron. Set in the small minded and superficial world of Corporate New-York, as an audience member you often find yourself rooting for the American Psycho, Patrick Bateman.

SEVEN:

Chillingly soft-spoken and calm, Kevin Spacey brings a sense of great pathos to this serial killer, John Doe. Embarking on a rampage to murder citizens who are the embodiment of the Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth, Envy, Lust, Wrath, Greed, Gluttony and Pride. Released in 1995 this movie was chilling and provoking with one of the greatest twists that I never saw coming. Highly recommended if you have not seen it.

COPYCAT:

Darryl Lee Cullum- the hick serial killer with bright ranga hair only wants a pair of Sigourney Weaver's underwear. This film is not a popular as the other serial Killer movies highlighted here, however it is one of my favouorite because it showcases some of the most prolific American Serial killers to date when Harry Connick Jr enlists a young serial killer to Copycat the most famous killings to show the San Francisco Police Department who is smarter than they are. This movie is not so much a gore fest as opposed to a psychological thriller. Laced with an all star cast including Holly Hunter and Dermot Mulroney, I would highly recommend that you check out this movie.

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

The absolutely most amazing movie ever made. This is my all time favourite of all Serial Killer Movies. How could you go past Hannibal (the Cannibal) Lecter- He is the best serial killer of them all. Polite and so refined, audiences sit on the edge of their cinema seats in anticipation for the monster to be unleashed. Sir Anthony Hopkins does a most impressive characterisation as depicted by Thomas Harris in his Hannibal Lecture Series. This film is so great that it won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Jodie Foster provides a once a in a lifetime performance as FBI rookie Clarise Starling- positioning her character as a great role model to young females. If one awesome Serial Killer is not enough, this movie throws in two. The other is Buffalo Bill. All he wants to do is to become a woman. What do you do if you are rejected for a sex-change? Make a Woman Suit....... Out of real women.

A must, must, must see movie.

As you can see from these few examples, Serial Killers are now a staple that have made their way into every part of modern western pop-culture. A question that we must ask is what is it that fascinates us to be compelled by real life documentaries or movies depicting these horrid people. Maybe it is the only way to slightly entertain the evil that lurks in us all.


Street Talk

Brandon8  

"I do not know why our society has a huge fascination for Serial Killers." Me either! They are scary!

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  about 1 decade ago

Lol- Yeah here in Australia I'm addicted to watching the Crime channel on Pay TV. I think I get it from my mother who introduced me to Crime Fiction and that lead to me having my fascination Serial Killers,.

Reply
  about 1 decade ago
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