10 Famous Serial Killers In Movies

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People have many kinds of addictions and fetishes. Serial killers are those people who are addicted to murder people. Some famous serial killers have dominated the cellulite scene for many years. These were serial killers portrayed in popular horror movies. They inspired popular cultural and many works of art.

Cinema is often inspired by real life. That is why it is hard to draw the line between what is real and what isn't. Many famous serial killers from movies are inspired by real life characters. The example of Jack, the Ripper would be the most obvious one. He is a serial killer who was portrayed in many popular cinematic versions.

Some serial killers are also fictional but yet their name strikes fear in the hearts of millions. For example, Hannibel Lector, the cannibalistic doctor from the movie Silence of the Lambs is real to most of us although he was a fictional serial killer.

So we have listed some of the most famous serial killers who have been presented to us on the silver screen.


Jack The Ripper

Jack the Ripper is an identified serial killer who killed prostitutes from the Whitechapel district of London. The victims throats were slit and internal organs removed. The gruesome nature of the murders and a letter written to the media gave rise to the name, Jack the Ripper.


Norman Bates, Psycho

No one can forget the chilling mannerism of Norman Bates, a man who kept his mother's dead body in his house and carried on imaginary conversations with her. He killed people himself and thought that his mother committed the crimes.



Zodiac is a name given to an unidentified murderer who killed around 7 to 37 people in California. The serial killer send cryptograms and letters to the local press calling himself the Zodiac.



Seven is a fictional serial killing drama in which a religious fanatic stages murders of people who have given into the 7 evils described in the Bible.


American Psycho

Patrick Bateman is a successful businessman in the daytime and a serial killer at night. In this confusing plot, Bateman imagines that he has several victims including his colleague.


Ed Gein

Ed Gein is a serial killer from Wiscousin and also a body snatcher. He exhumes graves to have mementos out of bones. He has inspired many movies like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.


Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd is more of an urban legend than a real person. He was a barber on Fleet street who killed his clients and his landlady used the human meat from the bodies to make meat pies and feed unsuspecting customers.


Hannibel Lector, Silence Of The Lambs

Hannibel Lector is a fictional serial killer who is brilliant psychologist and also a cannibalistic serial killer. He kills his victims to eat them.


Charles Mansion, Helter Skelter

Charles Mansion was a mentally disturbed religious fanatic who gathered many followers. He convinced his flock that the African Americans are out to wipe out the Whites. So his followers committed many murders after being brainwashed by him.



Dexter is a fictional character of noble serial killer. Dexter is a serial killer who kills other serial killers. He is a pathologist at the police department by profession and thus works with expert surgical knowledge.

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Story first published: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 16:31 [IST]
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