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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.

(List updated for January)

'Zodiac' (2007

 "I am not the Zodiac. And if I were, I certainly wouldn't tell you."
"I am not the Zodiac. And if I were, I certainly wouldn't tell you."
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox
  • Run Time: 157 Minutes
  • Google Play Synopsis: "The true story behind the murders that many crime scholars believe to be the most perplexing series of unsolved crimes in modern history comes to the screen in chilling detail as Fight Club and Seven director David Fincher steps behind the camera to tell the mysterious tale of the infamous Zodiac killer. A relentless serial killer is stalking the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area, leaving citizens locked into a constant state of panic and baffled authorities scrambling for clues. Though the killer sadistically mocks the detectives by leaving a series of perplexing ciphers and menacing letters at the crime scenes, the investigation quickly flat-lines when none of the evidence yields any solid leads. As two detectives remain steadfast in their devotion to bringing the elusive killer to justice, they soon find that the madman has control not only over their careers, but their very lives as well."

David Fincher's Zodiac is the ultimate serial killer movie, giving this terrifying story justice. If you want the total package in a serial killer movie then here is your pick! It has a captivating story, great cast and exceptional direction.

'Serial Mom' (1994)

"The only "serial" I know anything about is Rice Krispies."
"The only "serial" I know anything about is Rice Krispies."
  • Director: John Waters
  • Stars: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterson, Ricki Lake, Justin Whalin, Matthew Liliard, Suzanne Somers
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Google Play Synopsis: "Director John Waters puts a twist on the everyday mediocrity of suburban life in the domestically devious Serial Mom. See Kathleen Turner like never before as Beverly Sutphin, the seemingly perfect homemaker who will stop at nothing to rid the neighborhood of anyone failing to live up to her moral code. It's a killer comedy that will take you over the edge with laughter!"

This movie is just down right hilarious. If you are into dark comedies, this pick is for you. Kathleen Turner is so funny as Beverly (aka Serial Mom) and has hilarious and memorable one liners. Have fun with this one comedy fans!

'Psycho' (1960)

"A boy's best friend is his mother."
"A boy's best friend is his mother."
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Google Play Synopsis: "Alfred Hitchcock's landmark thriller of the macabre stars Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins in a terrifying tale about a quiet motel and a mysterious killer."

Psycho is still one of the scariest movies ever made. Movies can easily lose their ability to move an audience after a period of time, especially over 50 years, but Psycho is not one of those movies. You still get so engulfed in the story, its amazing.

'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: 30th Anniversary Edition' (1990)

 "I'd like to kill somebody."
"I'd like to kill somebody."
  • Director: John McNaughton
  • Stars: Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Google Play Synopsis: One of the most harrowing American horror films of the 20th century, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer celebrates its 30th anniversary with an immaculate new 4K presentation that cements this shocking and thought-provoking plunge into the mind of a murderer as a true cinema landmark.

If you really want to get into the head of a serial killer, check out Henry. Loosely based on an actual serial killer, this movie is realistic and terrifying.

'Red Dragon' 2002

" Remarkable boy. I do admire your courage. I think I'll eat your heart."
" Remarkable boy. I do admire your courage. I think I'll eat your heart."
  • Director: Brett Ratner
  • Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Ralphi Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Mary-Louise Parker
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Google Play Synopsis: "Anthony Hopkins reprises his Oscar-wining role as the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the thrilling prequel critics are hailing as 'A Suspenseful Masterpiece!' (Fox-TV) After capturing Dr. Lecter, FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) retires only to be called back to active duty to hunt down an exclusive killer, 'The Tooth Fairy' (Ralph Fiennes)"

Red Dragon is one of those rare movies that nearly live up to the original movie. Obviously, nothing can touch Silence of the Lambs, but this entry into the Hannibal series comes in very close second.

'American Psycho' (2000)

"I like to dissect girls. Did you know I'm utterly insane?"
"I like to dissect girls. Did you know I'm utterly insane?"
  • 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.

'Don't Breathe' (2016)

"It's kind of messed up to rob a blind guy, isn't it?"
"It's kind of messed up to rob a blind guy, isn't it?"
  • Director: Fede Alvarez
  • Stars: Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang, Jane Levy
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Google Play Synopsis: "A trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong."

One of the most tense movies I have seen this year, Don't Breathe will absolutely keep you on the edge of your seat. Watch this one if you are up for a unique horror experience full of twists.

'I Saw The Devil' (2010)

"Gone insane from eating human flesh?"
"Gone insane from eating human flesh?"
  • 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)

"It puts the lotion on it's skin, or else it gets the hose again."
"It puts the lotion on it's skin, or else it gets the hose again."

  • 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.

'Death Proof' (2007)

"Do I frighten you?"
"Do I frighten you?"
  • 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!

'Orphan' (2009)

"Stop talking to me like I'm a child!"
"Stop talking to me like I'm a child!"
  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Jimmy Bennett
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Google Play Synopsis: "The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard), taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate's fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman)...but Esther is not what she appears to be and, concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther's sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late...for everyone."

This is not your average "evil child" horror movie. Orphan is a twisted and tragic tale that delivers a few big twists. Watch this movie if you are in the mood for an intense story and a surprise that you probably will not see coming. There is definitely something wrong with Esther, and its not from growing up without a family. Check out out!

'Scream' (1996)

"What's your favorite scary movie?"
"What's your favorite scary movie?"
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Google Play Synopsis: "After a series of mysterious deaths befalls their small town, an offbeat group of friends led by Sidney Prescott (Campbell) become the target of a masked killer in this smash-hit "clever thriller" (The Washington Post) that launched the Scream franchise and breathed new life into the horror genre."

Hands down one of the most memorable serial killer movies ever made. Scream brought the serial killer genre back to life with a unique story, lots of blood and killer cast a while being a parody of itself. Totally genius!

'Monster' (2004)

"I always wanted to be in the movies."
"I always wanted to be in the movies."
  • Director: Patty Jenkins
  • Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Google Play Synopsis: "Abused and unloved, Aileen immersed herself in the world of highway prostitution until she met Selby Wall, a naive girl who was Aileen's last chance at a normal life. But nobody imaged the nightmare that awaited the seven men standing in the way of her happiness."

This movie is not easy to watch, but even those of you that aren't fans of the serial killer sub-genre need to see this one. The role of the infamous Aileen won Charlize Theron the Oscar that year for best actress, and it was very well deserved. So check it out and let us know what you think!

'Se7en' (1995)

"Yeah, just look at all the passion on that wall."
"Yeah, just look at all the passion on that wall."
  • 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)

"You can't escape from me, bitch!"
"You can't escape from me, bitch!"
  • 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:


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