Out of the various genre of movies, the one genre which carries an intriguing element in it is a mystery genre. And one very special category under mystery is movies involving a serial killer. The specialty about the serial killer movies is that it is very difficult to predict the climax. Although this genre doesn’t have a lot of fans following, it has its own audience and they love such movies.

The concept of serial movies is confused with mass murder movies but there is a big difference between the two. The serial killer movie involves an individual killer and the killer is obsessed with a zeal to avenge his enemies or random people, but a mass murderer movie portrays a villain as a criminal who kills people in mass numbers. In serial killer movies, a killer trails, torture, and brutally kill its prey hence it creates a fearful sensation among the audience. Among all other types of movies, serial killer movies take excitement level to the zenith.

Types Serial Killer Movies:

Serial Killer Movies are further categorized in various sub-categories.

  • Fictional Serial Killers Movies – These types of serial killer films are not based on a true story. This is purely an imaginary display of characters in the movie.
  • Non-fictional Serial killer movies – Apart from fictional serial killer movies, another type is non-fictional serial killer movies. These types of films are based on the true real life story of a killer. Several real life killer films have proved their mettle on the screens. These movies differ from the fictional not only in the conception but they also leave a more effective impression in the minds of the audience. Some examples are The Snowtown Murders, Wolf Creek, and True Story.
  • Films based on psychopaths – The psychopath killers are the most preferred ones over the other killers. Films based on the lives of these killers have a significant relevance in the real life. These movies not only create fearful waves but leave a deep impact on people.
  • Biographical/Documentary films about serial killers – These movies are a step ahead of Serial killer movies based on true stories. Not only these are true stories, but they depict the life story of a serial killer in a different fashion. Sometimes you might be able to connect with the Serial Killer as well. 

Popular Serial Killer Characters:

Not only the story but also the role of the killer plays a vital role in placing the film in the hit films category. The audience remembers the character of the killer more than the story of a movie. Some of the hit killer movies which have managed to create a horror atmosphere in the theaters are because of the mind-blowing acting of the murderers in the film.

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Some of the famous killers in movies/tv-shows who are appreciated for their incredible acting are named below:

  • Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of the Lambs (True Story)
  • Norman Bater – Psycho
  • Dexter Morgan – Dexter
  • Patrick Bateman – American Psycho
  • Sweeney Todd – Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

and many more.

So, we can say that serial killer movies have created their own space in the film industry. Although we don’t get many such movies in a year, there are so many movies which we can watch again and again, that the scarcity is not felt. Here is our List of some of the Most Popular Serial Killer Movies which have ever been made in Hollywood. This list is sorted by ratings, so the movie which received the maximum ratings is at the top. If you disagree with the ratings, click on the movie and rate it.