Riddle me this: who do you want to see in your house, but never actually meet in it? The serial killers in all the horror movies on your TV! Here are the scariest (and even occasionally the funniest) films of murderers you can currently watch on Google Play.
'American Psycho' (2000)
- Director: Mary Harron
- Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Reese Witherspoon
- Run Time: 102 Minutes
- Google Play Synopsis: "Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fiancee (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose. Based on the controversial novel, the film offers a sharp satire to the dark side of yuppie culture in the '80s, while setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling."
Watch this one if you are in the mood for some '80s nostalgia, blood, guts and Christian Bale at his finest.
'You're Next' (2011)
- Director: Adam Wingard
- Stars: AJ Bowen, Barbara Crampton, Joe Swanberg, Sharni Vinson, Ti West, Wendy Glenn
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Google Play Synopsis: "Aubrey and Paul Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their significant others to a family reunion at their remote and slightly rundown weekend estate. But the family reunion goes awry when their home comes under siege by a mask-wearing team of crossbow-bearing assailants. The family has no idea who's attacking them, why they're under attack, or if the attackers are inside or outside the cavernous, creaking house. All they know for certain is that nobody is safe."
This one is for you dark humor fans out there. You're Next is tense, funny and full of twists you (probably) won't see coming.
'I Saw The Devil' (2010)
- Director: Jee-woon Kim
- Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Ho-jin Chun,
- Run Time: 142 minutes
- Google Play Synopsis: "I Saw the Devil is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge. The embodiment of pure evil, Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Juyeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-hyun. Obsessed with revenge, Soo-hyun is determined to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind, as the lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse."
This one isn't for the faint of heart but is well-written and -directed. Just as the title hints, you really get a taste for how evil humans can be.
'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991)
- Director: Jonathan Demme
- Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn
- Run Time: 118 minutes
- Google Play Synopsis: "Clarice Starling, a gutsy FBI trainee haunted by her past, risks her life in an attempt to save a missing woman from certain death. The desperate, deadly search for a killer makes Clarice confront her deepest fears as she must confront and befriend convicted psychopathic serial killer Dr. Hannibal 'the Cannibal' Lechter, a monstrous brilliant psychiatrist, who can lead her to the murderer."
This movie is a pure classic that will never get old. Full of suspense, drama and horror, The Silence of the Lambs is a must-see for anyone in the mood for a serial killer drama with a riveting story.
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'Death Proof' (2007)
- Director: Quentin Tarantino
- Run Time: Rosario Dawson, Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rose McGowan, Vanessa Ferlito
- Run Time: 113 minutes
- Google Play Synopsis: "For Austin's hottest DJ, Jungle Julia (Sydney Tamiia Poitier), dusk offers an opportunity to unwind with two of her closest friends, Shanna and Arlene (Jordan Ladd and Vanessa Ferlito). This three fox posse sets out into the night, turning heads from Guero's to the Texas Chili Parlor. Not all of the attention is innocent: Covertly tracking their moves is Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), a scarred, weathered rebel who leers from behind the wheel of his muscle car. As the girls settle into their beers, Mike's weapon, a white-hot juggernaut, revs just feet away."
Honestly, what is cooler than a serial killer stuntman slaughtering people with his "death proof" car? How about a group of badass ladies who decide they're not taking his sh*t? Go watch this one right now!
'Scream 4' (2011)
- Director: Wes Craven
- Stars: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin
- Run Time: 110 minutes
- Google Play Synopsis: "The original star-studded cast reunites a decade later in this spine-chilling fourth installment of the $300M-grossing Scream franchise. Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell of THE CRAFT), now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette of NEVER BEEN KISSED) and Gale (Courtney Cox of TV's FRIENDS), who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts of VALENTINE'S DAY) and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends (including Hayden Panettiere of TV's HEROES), and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger."
No serial killer list is complete without an entry from the late master of horror Wes Craven. Wes delivers more than we can expect into this very worthy entry into the Scream franchise. If you loved the first movie, this should absolutely be on your watch list.
'I Know What You Did Last Summer' (1997)
- Director: Jim Gillespie
- Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddy Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillippe
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Google Play Synopsis: "When a group of teenage pals accidentally kill a man during a wild night of partying, they agree to never tell a soul. But when a eerily familiar entity begins stalking them, the group realizes that their secret is about to dig them an early grave."
One of the ultimate teen slashers. Not much is more fun than watching this teen heartthrob cast outrun a serial killer with a hook. This one is definitely great for a group of friends that are in the mood for some '90s nostalgia horror.
'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (1984)
- Director: Wes Craven
- Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
- Run Time: 91 minutes
- Google Play Synopsis: "Can your nightmares be fatal? In this classic of the horror film genre that launched a movie franchise, a hideously scarred pedophile who was murdered by a lynch mob returns years later in the terrifying nightmares of his killers' teenage children — and the dreaming teenagers are starting to die in their sleep."
Another masterpiece from the mind of Wes Craven. This movie may be over 30 years old, but it is still terrifying to this day. Don't watch this one alone!
- Director: David Fincher
- Stars: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey
- Run Time: 126 minutes
- Google Play Synopsis: "When city police find a murder victim who was somehow forced to die of overeating, it puts veteran Detective William Sommerset and his new, talented but still green partner, Detective David Mills, on a desperate hunt for a serial killer who is making statements by staging his victims as tableaus of the Seven Deadly Sins. The first corpse found was 'Gluttony,' and soon the detectives find more: a lawyer killed because of his Greed; an insurance scammer killed for his Sloth; a fashion model killed for her Pride. Each murder scene is elaborately planned, the victims chosen specifically because of who they are, and posed methodically in death. With time running out for the last two possible victims -- Envy and Wrath -- can Sommerset and Mills get ahead of the killer before his final two acts come to deadly fruition?"
This is one of those movies that you can watch a hundred times while still appreciating it and discovering new details. A little disturbing at times, but should be on anyone's must-watch list (horror fans or not).
'High Tension' (2003)
- Director: Alexandre Aja
- Stars: Cécile De France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon
- Run Time: 89 minutes
- Google Play Synopsis: "Two female students, Marie and Alex, set off to Alex's parent's secluded homestead in the country to relax and study. Come nightfall, Hell pulls up at the front door. Alex, bound and gagged, is taken away, with Marie left alluding the intruder. Can she save her friend's life in time? Or is everything all that it seems."
There is so much more than meets the eye in this French masterpiece. If you have a weak stomach, this may not be the movie for you. However, I challenge you to try to peel away the layers of this one because there are so many!
Which cinematic serial killer do you dread the most? Let us know in the comments below! And after you're done watching the above films, check out these ones: