Cinema has always shown a fascination in exploring the most infamous caste of human beings: serial killers. Whether it be with the success of the classic ‘M – The Vampire of Dusseldorf’ (1931) or with the outbreak of the theme in the cinema noir, in the mid – 1940s, films on this theme came, year after year, gaining its place as subgenre of seventh Art. Obviously, the growth in serial killers is due to the simple fact that, in a real sphere, the murders committed by these people have been rising steadily since the 1970s. The films on this list seek to absorb the best on the subject. We have tried to include films from various areas, with some works based on real cases, always trying to dismember all the implications on the victims’ family or even the murderers themselves.
10º – Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton, 1986)The film uncovers the nuances of Henry’s life, a serial killer set on a bloody journey wherever he goes. ‘Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer’ is an extremely disturbing film for its graphic and psychological content, studying the exacerbations from the human species.
9º – American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000)A young bank executive hides a dark and deadly side of society. ‘American Psycho’ is permeated with fictional exaggerations, without, however, failing to penetrate the psychological construct of a psychopath in the most prolific period of his assassination career.
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