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07-21-2011, 03:02 PM
10. Ghostface (Scream)


“Do you LIKE scary movies?”

Yes – in the end he ends up being played by multiple actors, but the character exists as a single entity for so much of the film that I count him as being singular. What can you do when an entire genre of movies has so pumped the well dry that sand is all that remains. Do you abandon it, and try for a new well? You could – or you do what Ghostface does and show people that the sand has value it’s self. It’s the fact that the well has been drained, that we all have taken in the mythology of the slasher film that Ghostface exploits. We are familiar with the dangers and risks slashers pose, so he plays on that knowledge, and twists new dangers and deaths. Yes, sequilitits causes him diminishing returns, but the original stands the test of time.

9. Son Of Sam aka David Berkowitz (Summer Of Sam)


“I’m Sam. Dave Berkowitz.”

The Summer Of Sam is Spike Lee’s take on the “Son of Sam” murders in New York City during the summer of 1977. Centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another. The compelling aspect of the movie is the curiosity of who the murderous killer actually is. While his face andidentity isn’t revealed until deep into the movie, the elusiveness of his crimes, the fear built on the unknowing, and the tension the movie builds makes DavidBerkowitz the most compelling and scary serial killer who doesn’t visually appear on screen. His crimes are as heinous as they come, but the mystery is what makes this “character” soprovocative.

8. Early Grayce (Kalifornia)\


“No. Tell me something, big time. How are you going to write a book about something you know nothing about? “

The film focuses on a psychology student and his girlfriend who are traveling cross-country to research serial killers, when ironically the couple that they is sharing the ride on the trip is exactly what they are searching for. Pitt plays Early Grayce, the serial killer on the trip. Just losing his job at the mirror factory he is planning on leaving the state. His parole officer tells him if he doesn’t find a new job he’ll be arrested, so Early plans an escape after picking up an ad. In route he has aconfrontation with his landlord that ends in the landlord being killed and disposed of by Early, and thus a trip that involves carnage and destruction, not to mention an ending that you won’t forget. Brad Pitt is anything but the playboy heartthrob he’s considered as. In one of his best roles ever, he is diabolical and terrifying as Early.

7. Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer


“If you shoot someone in the head with a .45 every time you kill somebody, it becomes like your fingerprint, see? But if you strangle one, stab another, and one you cut up, and one you don’t, then the police don’t know what to do. They think you’re four different people. What they really want, what makes their job so much easier, is pattern. What they call a modus operandi. That’s Latin. Bet you didn’t know any Latin, did you kid?”

Some of the best kind of horror and scary in film is what you don’t see, what is left to the imagination and Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer displays that sense of scare tactic to the fullest extent. One of the most frightening serial killers ever to grace the screen displays many murders and kills that end visually violently, but the most frightening are the ones we don’t get to see.

6. Norman Bates (Psycho)


“fals-fals-fals-falsity. Because birds really eat a tremendous lot. But -I-I don’t really know anything about birds. My hobby is stuffing things. You know – taxidermy.”

Each time I watch Psycho, I look for subtle signs, moments where Norman shows he is a little crazy, but it never happens. The situations with “mother” make sense, but Norman was just as polite and insecure in ever scene, until the monster is revealed. The story of Norman Bates is horrific, but also tragic. His sweetness and eagerness to please is evident, but when the truth of who and what he is becomes revealed the character becomes more than a savage killer. It becomes completely melancholy, for all those that suffered because of Norman’s illness. Anthony Perkins was riveting in the role, and unfortunately for him never really got the opportunity to be another character outside Norman. Maybe his fate was somehow linked with Normans. Norman Bates is a character that will live on forever.

5. Peter Foley (Copycat)


“OK, I see Helen. Nice try. You wanna know a little secret? Huh? I’m on to your trick. I won’t kill you fast no matter how much you’re gonna want me to.”

A psychiatrist that’s focus is on serial murders becomes attacked and almost murdered by a killer obsessed with her. Daryll Lee Cullum is captured and put in jail while Helen continues her research, and has become massively agoraphobic. When a new serial killer whom the city homicide department is tracking is copying some of the most famous murders of the last century like Jeffrey Dahlmer, the Hillside Strangler, and the Boston Strangler. The most horrific killers that ever walked the earth are being mimicked and Peter Kurten is responsible, and not only responsible, but with an even more frightening agenda in mind. His devious plan unveils at the shocking end, giving a memorable finale that makes this character one of the most compelling serial killers in cinema history.

4. Mickey and Mallory Knox (Natural Born Killers)


Mickey: I love you, Mal.
Mallory: I know you do baby, and I’ve loved you since the day we met.

The film opens with Mickey Knox (Woody Harrelson) and his wife Mallory (Juliette Lewis) in a mom and pop restaurant with Mickey eating key lime pie and Mallory dancing to rock ‘n’ roll on the jukebox. They look normal enough, but something is clearly off. When a group of rednecks arrive and one of them begins dancing and flirting with Mallory she responds with interest, but then attacks him without provocation by smashing his beer bottle as he drinks it. Mallory beats the man and when his friend attempts to intervene, Mickey stabs him to death. Mickey and Mallory then proceed to murder the diner’s patrons, culminating in a morbid game ofEeny, meeny, miny, moe to decide who lives and who dies. After executing their final victim, the couple make sure the only survivor remembers their names before they embrace and declare their undying love, as fireworks go off in the background. They might kill viciously, but their love is just as profound as their murderous spree making them the most terrifying serial killer couple around.

3. Hannibal Lector


“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”

Clarice Starling is a young FBI agent that has been given the assignment to interview the vicious and despicable serial killer Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lector. Intelligent, cunning, and vicious Hannibal fed on his victims after he killed them. Sir Anthony Hopkins performance as Lector was the perfect contrast to Clarice’s shaky, careful naivete. Lector was confident, but not arrogant. He was perceptive, sinister, and even polite. In some ways almost likable, despite his heinous crimes. While portrayed as a monster he sees himself as an artist. The scenes between the two, separated only by the thick glass, contained unbelievably dynamic interchanges that propelled an already eerie film. Hannibal is one of the most remarkable villains ever.

2. Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)


“There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable… I simply am not there.”

Talk about delusions of evil and ideas of grandeur. Patrick Bateman is the ultimate sociopath. His ability to blend so efficiently in society yet be so detached is the most compelling aspect of Patrick Bateman to endure. His fixation with Huey Lewis and Phil Collins showed an obsession with details and things, but an indifference to people and life. Obsessing over his business card and the best restaurant in town becomes an anxiety driven focus. His apathy towards the people that he was supposedly engaged with in friendships, relationships, or sexual partners with has moments of pure and utter amusement, but only because we are perceiving the situations from Bateman’s perspective. The impassive perspective of his vision of the world is strange and darkly enchanting. Even in his most grave moments of violence and reality being distorted, there is something gruesomely delightful about it all, but I guess that’s the point.

1. John Doe (Se7en)


“Innocent? Is that supposed to be funny? An obese man… a disgusting man who could barely stand up; a man who if you saw him on the street, you’d point him out to your friends so that they could join you in mocking him; a man, who if you saw him while you were eating, you wouldn’t be able to finish your meal. After him, I picked the lawyer and I know you both must have been secretly thanking me for that one. This is a man who dedicated his life to making money by lying with every breath that he could muster to keeping murderers and rapists on the streets!”

An interesting twist, we don’t see the actual killer until the end of the film, but it’s anticipated arrival did not let us down. John Doe, played by Kevin Spacey, was not only articulate but actually makes his argument for his deeds seem almost plausible, even agreeable. Like other movies on this list Se7en has at least “seven” noteworthy deaths in it’s film. Making the fat man eat till his stomach exploded for gluttony, or the awful torture of the lazy child molester, and even worse the brutal murder of the prostitute for lust, were just deaths that are beyond comprehension. It was the psychologically disturbing death of John Doe that was the most resounding of the heavily impacting film. When Detective Mills realizes John Doe has murdered his beloved wife and cut her head off and mailed it to him, his mind goes into a flutter of inconceivable insanity. I remember watching this for the first time and trying to keep the chunks from rising in my throat, the idea was so incredibly appalling. When he shot John Doe it wasn’t shocking he did it, but being the finale of his well thought out symphony was maniacal and utterly genius.

07-21-2011, 03:10 PM
Someone that was not on the list because I think it was only talking about movies is Dexter, who is most likely our favorite...


07-21-2011, 03:19 PM
I'm going to go with Hannibal Lecter.

07-21-2011, 03:20 PM

07-21-2011, 04:13 PM
"Hello Clarise"

My all time favorite thing to do when I call my grandmother.


It pisses her off so much

07-21-2011, 05:19 PM
Is that your grandmother's name?

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07-21-2011, 05:33 PM
Se7en was a badass movie. I may watch it later.

07-21-2011, 07:53 PM
I forgot about this guy too


07-23-2011, 05:19 AM
What's worse than a killer that you're kind of rooting for?

Clyde Shelton (Law Abiding Citizen)


07-23-2011, 11:00 AM
What's worse than a killer that you're kind of rooting for?

Clyde Shelton (Law Abiding Citizen)

Good call, totally forgot about him.

07-23-2011, 12:45 PM
Good list. I'd swap out Son of Sam for Leatherface, though.


I completely forgot about Kalifornia, great flick. :up:

07-23-2011, 11:07 PM
Good call, totally forgot about him.

While he was pretty awesome, I don't think we can count him as a serial killer.

07-23-2011, 11:08 PM
Good list. I'd swap out Son of Sam for Leatherface, though.


I completely forgot about Kalifornia, great flick. :up:

Good call. He should have made the list.

07-23-2011, 11:24 PM
Oooh I'm totally watching Se7en tonight now.

07-24-2011, 03:11 PM
While he was pretty awesome, I don't think we can count him as a serial killer.
He did kill more people than some of these guys.

07-24-2011, 03:19 PM
He did kill more people than some of these guys.
That's what I was thinking.

07-24-2011, 07:57 PM
I would have to agree with John Doe. That movie is so ****ed...

07-27-2011, 07:35 PM
Leatherface....love Texas Chainsaw Massacre