The serial killers theme has already been studied by the seventh art. Over the years, we have been able to have a very assertive overview of all the aspects that comprise the theme, with powerful works, but that frighten to the same extent that they fascinate. Below, we brought ten options of this sub-genre of cinema, with films that really can show all this rotten side of humanity. Let’s go to the list!
10º – The Hatter’s Ghost (Claude Chabrol, 1982)We will follow in the footsteps of a French serial killer in the midst of the provincial reality of a small town. What the film shows is exactly this initial phase in a murderer’s tenebrous career, capturing the months in which that man begins his attacks on young people during the night. All the substance of the film is contained in the relationship of this serial killer with his quiet neighbor, a man who is almost certain of the macabre hobby that his colleague is in. Wooing the nickname of a masterpiece, ‘The Ghosts of the Hatter’ is a film on the theme of serial killers that escapes common conceptions, working more with the aspect of the drama contained in its central characters. An indispensable film by the great Claude Chabrol.
9º – I Saw the Devil (Jee-woon Kim, 2010)After his wife is brutally murdered by a lethal serial killer, a man will seek revenge at all costs against the killer. The pearl of South Korean cinema on this list, ‘I Saw the Devil’ breaks with the common patterns of films with this theme, reversing roles among the central characters, resulting in a frantic rhythm transposed to the viewer.
8º – Summer of 84 (François Simard, 2018)In the mid-1980s, a group of teenagers, inserted in a calm suburban reality, believe that one of their neighbors is a terrible serial killer who is terrorizing that city. The film gains its substance by exploring the journey of adolescents in the investigation they architect. ‘Summer of ’84’ is nostalgic in all its aspects, bringing several of the most important fragments to the culture present in that decade. However, unlike other films that opt for this nostalgic approach, the work varies between quiet moments and extremely tense moments in the plot, with an ending that you won’t soon forget.
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