Wednesday, August 14, 2019

10 Off My Head: Actor Hunter Killer

Thrillingly for me at least David Fincher's serial killer series Mindhunter starring Jonathan Groff (showering, seen above) is back on Netflix this Friday for its second season. But that's not the only time the subject of "serial killers" has dropped itself into my lap this week -- on Monday I posted about the 1995 thriller Copycat with Sigourney Weaver, which is screening here in NYC this weekend. And on this upcoming Tuesday Arrow is releasing a stellar special edition blu-ray of Cruising, William Friedkin's controversial 1980 gay murder fantasia that stars Al Pacino. Basically, serial killing is having a real moment! (Sorry you blew your load a little bit early, Zac Efron.) 

Anyway all of this made it seem like a good moment to count down our favorite Serial Killer Movies. But then I started making a list and you know what? Depending on your definition of "Serial Killer Movies" -- do you count Slasher Films? -- I seem to like a hell of a lot of Serial Killer Movies. Too many to narrow down to just five, or even ten. My list runs into the dozens. So I decided to be a little more specific and narrow it down to performances as Serial Killers in Serial Killer Films. I still had to up the number to 10, but this is more manageable!

10 of my Favorite Serial Killer Performances

Anthony Perkins in Psycho

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs

Charlize Theron in Monster

Christian Bale in American Psycho

Jeremy Renner in Dahmer

Kathleen Turner in Serial Mom

John Jarratt in Wolf Creek

Peter Lorre in M

Karlheinz Böhm in Peeping Tom

Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers

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I could name twenty more, but I'll let y'all
name some of your faves in the comments!
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Terry Stamp in The Collector.

Simon said...

Speaking of the great David Fincher, Zodiac is my favourite. But yes to Silence of the Lambs and Psycho. And thanks for including Peeping Tom, such a great under appreciated film.

Also I’m adding Scream 2 because Laurie Metcalfe gives one of my all time favourite horror performances, hey JA you should include her in your Great Moments in Horror Actressing.

joel65913 said...

This really isn't my area of expertise since I'm not much for this sort of film and you did hit most of the more acclaimed performances but I can add Richard Attenborough in 10 Rillington Place and Tony Curtis in The Boston Strangler.

AxFromMN said...

So glad Kathleen Turner made your list.

NATHANIEL R said...

what a fine list. happy to see Juliette Lewis there. still think she shoulda been Oscar nom'ed for that role.