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