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Top 10 Surreal Films About Serial Killers

Here are the top 10 movies about serial killers that try to stay as factual to the real events and crimes as possible. These serial killer films are about the real thing with as many real events as possible. Real serial killer depictions of some of the most famous serial killers and the most troubling crimes in history. I often find myself watching movies like these just to break apart the serial killer’s frame of mind and the authorities and how they finally captured these vile people. Zodiac (2007) is currently available on Netflix for streaming so if you have 2 hours and 40 minutes to spare, definitely sit back and watch this serial killer film. Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and John Carroll Lynch deliver outstanding performances in this Zodiac Killer reenactment.


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  1. 10). Dahmer (2002)

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    Dahmer (2002)

    Official Synopsis: Before his arrest and conviction for serial murders, chocolate factory worker Jeffrey Dahmer hunts Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for young attractive males to turn into unconscious (eventually dead) human sex toys, current acts which often prompt memories…

    Tagline: The mind is a place of its own.

    Cast: Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Lily Knight, Mickey Swenson, David Manis, Beau Clark, Dion Basco, Sean Blakemore, Steve Keyes, Daniel McInerney,…

  2. 9). The Boston Strangler (1968)

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    The Boston Strangler (1968)

    Official Synopsis: Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It…

    Tagline: This is the true story of Albert DeSalvo, the self-confessed Boston Strangler, and of what he did to thirteen women and one city.

    Cast: David Lewis, William Hickey, Chuck Hicks, Murray Hamilton, George Fisher, Matt Bennett, George Kennedy, Jeff Corey, Tony Curtis, Almira Sessions,…

  3. 8). Helter Skelter (1976)

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    Helter Skelter (1976)

    Official Synopsis: Chilling story of the investigation and trial of Charles Manson, leader of a strange cult which under his direction and 'control' committed numerous murders.

    Tagline: His name is Charles Manson. His disciples call him God. HE PREACHED DEATH!

    Cast: Eileen Dietz, Jon Gries, Marilyn Burns, Steve Railsback, Bruce French, Doug McGrath, David Clennon, Bob Harks, Jerry Dunphy, George DiCenzo,…

  4. 7). To Catch a Killer (1992)

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    To Catch a Killer (1992)

    Official Synopsis: "To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer who raped and…

    Cast: Jay Brazeau, Meg Foster, Margot Kidder, Christopher Marren, David Eisner, J. Winston Carroll, Michael Copeman, David Gardner, Rudy Webb, Cynthia…

  5. 6). The Deliberate Stranger (1986)

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    The Deliberate Stranger (1986)

    Official Synopsis: Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law…

    Tagline: He was easy to like. Deadly to know. Tough to catch.

    Cast: Joe Unger, Tom McFadden, Billy Green Bush, Roger Hampton, Ann Ryerson, Starr Andreeff, Willie Garson, Jack Rader, M. Emmet Walsh,…

  6. 5). 10 Rillington Place (1971)

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    10 Rillington Place (1971)

    Official Synopsis: London, 1949. John Christie is an unassuming, middle-aged man who, along with his wife Ethel, lives in the ground-floor flat at 10 Rillington Place. His demeanor masks the fact of being a serial killer. His…

    Tagline: What happened to Ena and Geraldine and Beryl and Muriel and Rita and Ethel at 10 Rillington Place?

    Cast: John Hurt, Judy Geeson, George Hilsdon, Mickey Varey, Phyllis MacMahon, Howard Lang, Ernest Blyth, Jimmy Gardner, Richard Attenborough, Douglas Blackwell,…

  7. 4). The Snowtown Murders (2011)

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    The Snowtown Murders (2011)

    Official Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Jamie lives with his mother, Elizabeth, and two younger brothers, Alex and Nicholas, in a housing trust home in Adelaide's northern suburbs. Their home is but one of many sun-starved houses crammed together to…

    Tagline: Based on the shocking true story

    Cast: Daniel Henshall, Richard Green, Aasta Brown, Nigel Howard, Lucas Pittaway, Joanne Argent, Bob Adriaens, Astrid Adriaens, Louise Harris, Keiran Schwerdt,…

  8. 3). Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

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    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

    Official Synopsis: Loosely based on serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, the film follows Henry and his roommate Otis who Henry introduces to murdering randomly selected people. The killing spree depicted in the film starts after Otis' sister…

    Tagline: The shocking true story of Henry Lee Lucas.

    Cast: Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Kurt Naebig, Donna Dunlap, Mary Demas, Benjamen Passman, Augie the Dog, Flo Spink, Benjamin Passman, Anne…

  9. 2). Monster (2003)

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    Monster (2003)

    Official Synopsis: The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend…

    Tagline: The first female serial killer of America

    Cast: Kane Hodder, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Charlize Theron, Marc Macaulay, Christina Ricci, Marco St. John, Bruce Dern, Adam Brown, Lee Tergesen,…

  10. 1). Zodiac (2007)

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    Zodiac (2007)

    Official Synopsis: A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they…

    Tagline: There's more than one way to lose your life to a killer

    Cast: Elias Koteas, Brian Cox, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Matt Winston, Clea DuVall, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Christopher John Fields, Judith…