Horror movies have made a big comeback in 2022, and with the new title which will be considered a prequel to the Predator, Prey has fans of sci-fi horror movies excited to see this new addition to the franchise. And like many horror movies before it, there’s more than one type of predator, and it doesn’t always come in the form of a monster/creature.
Serial killers in horror movies have been a staple of the genre for a long time. Many iconic feature films and B-rated horror films offer plenty of great content while using a bloodthirsty killer as either the protagonist or antagonist. And while there are so many to choose from, IMDb makes it a bit easier to pick one to watch.
ten Halloween (1978): Michael Myers
The 70s and 80s had plenty of classic horror films, many of which have huge fanbases and have continued to inspire filmmakers to this day. The popular 1978 movie, Halloweenis a great example.
Known to be one of the best films that Jamie Lee Curtis stars in, the film begins by introducing a young Michael Myers, who is then taken into custody. Michael began his killing spree by murdering his sister Judith, and it would only continue after he broke out and hunted down his younger sister, killing anyone who stood in his way.
9 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974): Leather Face
As one of the great horror movies that still hold up today, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre garnered huge success and many sequels due to its popularity. It’s also a movie with one of the scariest and most intense serial killers.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre starts strong and ends with a cliffhanger. In film, where cannibals and a killer who wears the faces of his victims reside, this film brought out a new form of terror by marketing it as being outside of real-life events. These events and Leatherface’s inspirational base are the crimes committed by serial killer Ed Gein.
8 Scream (1996): Ghostface
There are many horror movies that have received prequels and sequels. And one movie that has had a few sequels over the years is the 1996 movie Scream.
Following the popular horror movie trope of killing teenagers with a bit of humor thrown into the mix, Scream features its main protagonist, Sidney Prescott, who is arguably one of the smartest characters that provide many great quotes throughout Scream. The masked killer, Ghostface, who has become another iconic figure in the horror movie realm, kills his friends one by one. And like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Scream was also based on an actual event. The events were the murders committed by the Gainesville Ripper, otherwise known as Danny Rolling.
seven Black Christmas (1974): Billy
Christmas is supposed to be full of joy and fun with lots of gifts. However, black christmas isn’t a good example of what to do for the holidays, but it’s a great ’70s horror movie about a killer in a sorority house.
The Sorority Killer, or Billy, takes his time tormenting the occupants of the Sorority House by calling them randomly at first. He rants and moans and screams and continues to harass them until he finally knocks when the time is right when one of the women is upstairs in a room alone packing. Not much is known about Billy in the 1974 version other than after the movie was released it was noted that his parents knew he was unstable and something happened the night the sister de Billy, Agnes, had disappeared.
6 The House Jack Built (2018): Jack
Not all horror movies involving serial killers are wanton murders. And for those looking for a different kind of serial killer movie, The house Jack built is a movie that brings a unique concept by adding the nine circles of hell into the mix.
In the film, Jack was a failed architect who became the serial killer of Virgil, whom he nicknamed Verge. The mention of Virgil is inspired by the poem The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, and in the film, Virgil helps lead Jack through the nine circles of Hell, but first Jack must build a “house” made of the bodies of his victims to get there.
5 Maniac (1980): Frank Zito
Several horror movies from the 70s and 80s were deemed a bit overdone when they were released. Maniacal was one of the movies that pushed some boundaries and came out during one of the best years for horror movies.
The film’s serial killer named Frank Zito kills and scalps women, later nailing the scalps to the models’ heads. The film shows him trying to live a daily life while revealing his past, the murders he commits, and his interactions with the woman he is trying to get closer to. This film was once considered an exploitation film and ended up becoming one of the classic horror films of the 80s.
4 The Collector (2009)
If there is a horror movie that contains a lot of action and horrifying scenes, it is the horror movie of 2009. The Collector. This killer is known only as “The Collector”. Due to the two films featuring the same killer and a direct sequel, the 2009 and 2012 films will be mentioned.
The first film shows the unique traps and methods of torture that the first main character, Arkin, experiences. But The collection shows a full-fledged massacre of the killer massacring hundreds of people in one night. Alongside the massacre, the audience sees where The Collector keeps its victims alive and how they were treated alongside the torture they endured.
3 Camp Sleepaway (1983): Angela Baker
There aren’t many movies that can nail a twist ending where it completely throws the audience off. And like one of the great films with a constant buildup of creep factors and a twisting ending, overnight camp is a prime example of good storytelling. And while the story is good, there is also a lot of controversy surrounding the story that should be noted.
overnight camp introduces Angela Baker, who killed those who bullied and hurt her and shows Angela’s traumatic past. While the practical effects and acting are excellent, many issues are raised regarding Angela’s identity and backstory. In the script, Peter was renamed Angela after his deceased twin and forced to live as a girl after his aunt adopted him. While some viewers have speculated that Peter was transgender the entire time, the director has neither confirmed nor denied it and still has many people unhappy with the unanswered question and story implications.
2 The Strangers (2008): Three Masked Killers
Some films in the slasher horror genre include the crime of breaking and entering, followed by the murder of a person or two. And in 2008, the movie, The foreignerswas added to the list of movies that landed in this trope.
In an isolated location and tensions already high due to a rejected marriage proposal, the last thing anyone would want is for three masked serial killers to show up at the front door in the dead of night. The three individuals are masked and reveal neither their names nor their motivations. It is only before stabbing the couple that the three assailants remove their masks. After its success, The foreigners finally got a sequel released in 2018.
1 The Sleepover Massacre (1982): Russ Thorn
The 80s were not only a great era for horror, but also for serial killers in horror movies. And if there’s a continued need to watch the classic, somewhat comedic horror films of the 80s, look no further because The Slumber Party Massacre is a film that must be seen.
Serial killer Russ Thorn in Slumber Party Massacre, is a man wielding a power drill who primarily targets women. The men he ends up killing is because they are simply in the way. He is not the quiet intimidating type, but rather the awkward and scary type who is considered a sexual sadist who talks about the beauty of girls. It might not sound comical, but some moments are so entertaining that it completely relaxes the mood for a good while or two.
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