Serial Killer Survival Guide

by danelahiggins | created - 14 Jan 2021 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Beware the killer lurking in the shadows or wilderness.

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1. American Psycho (2000)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 589,333 | Gross: $15.07M

2. The Voices (2014)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A likable guy pursues his office crush with help from his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date.

Director: Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 57,985

3. Disturbia (2007)

PG-13 | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

62 Metascore

A teen living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sarah Roemer

Votes: 234,936 | Gross: $80.21M

4. Split (IX) (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Votes: 484,211 | Gross: $138.29M

5. The Raven (I) (2012)

R | 110 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 85,187 | Gross: $16.01M

6. Alone (V) (2020)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A recently widowed traveler is kidnapped by a cold blooded killer, only to escape into the wilderness where she is forced to battle against the elements as her pursuer closes in on her.

Director: John Hyams | Stars: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald, Jonathan Rosenthal

Votes: 19,737

7. Kalifornia (1993)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Kathy Larson, David Milford

Votes: 54,213 | Gross: $2.40M

8. Grand Isle (2019)

97 min | Thriller

29 Metascore

A young father is charged with murder and must prove his innocence by recalling a very twisted and dark night of events.

Director: Stephen S. Campanelli | Stars: Nicolas Cage, KaDee Strickland, Luke Benward, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 5,227

9. Orphan (2009)

R | 123 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

42 Metascore

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she appears.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder

Votes: 218,022 | Gross: $41.60M

10. Serial Mom (1994)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

She's the perfect all-American parent: a great cook and homemaker, a devoted recycler, and a woman who'll literally kill to keep her children happy.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard

Votes: 29,820 | Gross: $7.88M

11. Wolves at the Door (2016)

R | 73 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Four friends are murdered in their own home for no reason by four members of the Manson Family.

Director: John R. Leonetti | Stars: Katie Cassidy, Elizabeth Henstridge, Adam Campbell, Miles Fisher

Votes: 3,962

12. Joy Ride (2001)

R | 97 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

75 Metascore

Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychopathic killer.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Bowman

Votes: 69,539 | Gross: $21.97M

13. Serial Killing 4 Dummys (2004)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

When a disgruntled high school senior gets hassled for his lack of ambition, he decides to devote his energy into becoming a serial killer. He starts out small until he meets the girl of his dreams who wants to be his first victim.

Director: Trace Slobotkin | Stars: Thomas Haden Church, Justin Urich, Lisa Loeb, Rick Overton

Votes: 773

14. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

78 Metascore

Five friends head out to rural Texas to visit the grave of a grandfather. On the way they stumble across what appears to be a deserted house, only to discover something sinister within. Something armed with a chainsaw.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 159,456 | Gross: $30.86M

15. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged inside a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 72,699 | Gross: $16.19M

16. Untraceable (2008)

R | 101 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

32 Metascore

FBI agent Jennifer Marsh is tasked with hunting down a seemingly untraceable serial killer who posts live videos of his victims on the Internet. As time runs out, the cat and mouse chase becomes more personal.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Diane Lane, Colin Hanks, Joseph Cross, Billy Burke

Votes: 50,600 | Gross: $28.69M

17. Trailer Park of Terror (2008)

R | 98 min | Horror

Six troubled high schoolers and their leader become lost after their bus crashes during a raging storm. They seeks refuge for the night in an abandoned trailer park, managed by a sexy woman, Norma.

Director: Steven Goldmann | Stars: Nichole Hiltz, Lew Temple, Jeanette Brox, Myk Watford

Votes: 4,009

18. Blood Work (2002)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

Still recovering from a heart transplant, retired F.B.I. profiler Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood) returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston, Wanda De Jesus

Votes: 45,160 | Gross: $26.20M

19. Born Killers (2005)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama

Piggy Banks tells the story of two charming and brilliant brothers who finance their lifestyle by robbing and murdering pretty much anyone foolish enough to get in the car with them. They ... See full summary »

Director: Morgan J. Freeman | Stars: Jake Muxworthy, Lauren German, Gabriel Mann, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 824

20. Sword of Xanten (2004 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 184 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The legend of Siegfried and Brunhild, loosely based on characters from the Norse sagas and the pre-Christian Germanic heroic motifs outlined in the Nibelungensaga.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Benno Fürmann, Kristanna Loken, Alicia Witt, Julian Sands

Votes: 9,677

21. The Lovely Bones (2009)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

42 Metascore

Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 169,167 | Gross: $43.82M

22. Clay Pigeons (1998)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime

46 Metascore

After hearing that his wife sleeps with Clay, Earl kills himself, making it look like Clay shot him. The widow doesn't like it when Clay starts sees another woman instead. Bodies start piling up.

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo, Gregory Sporleder

Votes: 11,587 | Gross: $1.79M

23. Nightstalker (2002)

R | 95 min | Crime, Horror

Richard Ramirez, aka the Nightstalker, who terrorized people in Los Angeles during the 1980s, and the police had no clue with him.

Director: Chris Fisher | Stars: Bret Roberts, Joseph McKelheer, Roxanne Day, Julian Garcia

Votes: 1,230

24. Criminal Law (1988)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A lawyer defends a killer, but soon after he wins, he finds out that the killer is guilty.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young

Votes: 4,201 | Gross: $9.97M

25. Drive Thru (2007)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror

Horror gets Super Sized when Horny The Clown, the demonic mascot of "Hella-Burger," starts slashing Orange County teenagers with his meat cleaver from Hell.

Directors: Brendan Cowles, Shane Kuhn | Stars: Leighton Meester, Nicholas D'Agosto, Melora Hardin, Lola Glaudini

Votes: 4,436

26. Terror Train (1980)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

42 Metascore

Three years after a prank went terribly awry, the six college students responsible are targeted by a masked killer at a New Year's Eve party aboard a moving train.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield

Votes: 12,100

27. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

61 Metascore

Six complete strangers with widely varying personalities are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 229,104 | Gross: $0.50M

28. The Snowman (2017)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

23 Metascore

Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson

Votes: 64,111 | Gross: $6.67M

29. Miss Meadows (2014)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

43 Metascore

A story centered on a proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a vigilante.

Director: Karen Leigh Hopkins | Stars: Katie Holmes, James Badge Dale, Callan Mulvey, Jean Smart

Votes: 8,664

30. Scream (I) (2022)

R | 114 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

60 Metascore

25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, Calif., a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town's deadly past.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Melissa Barrera

Votes: 100,005

31. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,403,602 | Gross: $130.74M



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