The Best Serial Killer Movies on Netflix Right Now
I have to admit, I've always been fascinated by serial killer stuff. I used to spend hours in the library reading about horrible real-life serial killers. I know that's a little morbid but I know I'm not the only one that finds this stuff interesting. The real-life books are great, but when it comes to movies, it's actually pretty hard to find serial killer movies that aren't too cheesy. On Netflix, it seems like serial killer movies are a dime a dozen and very few will ever send chills up your spine. But today I want to discuss some of the best serial killer movies we have to watch on Netflix and I'll try my best to explain why they are worth the watch. I've weeded through all the pointless hack and slash serial killer movies out there and created a quick list of the best serial killer movies on Netflix right now.
Update: Unfortunately, The Voices has been moved to DVD rental only.
A mentally unstable factory worker begins to hear voices coming from his dog and cat. The Voices is actually probably one of the most realistic serial killer movies I've seen in a long time. I am really not a fan of Ryan Reynolds at all but he actually surprised me in this one. What makes The Voices so eerie is that you put yourself in the mind of a serial killer. In a way, you start to feel empathy for someone that has such crazy mental issues. I mean you can never take anything Ryan Reynolds is in too seriously, but this still manages to be a pretty dark serial killer movie. I guess you would put this in the category of a comedy horror but I don't know, I felt like it did a much better job of the serial killer portrayal as a horror comedy than most serious serial killer movies do. Give it a shot.
I Am Not a Serial Killer
When I first saw the name of I Am Not a Serial Killer, I just thought it was going to be another cheesy "serial thriller" that didn't really amount to anything. I couldn't have been more wrong. I Am Not a Serial Killer is the story of a boy living in a small town investigating a recent strain of murders while managing his own tendencies. There are some bad reviews about I Am Not a Serial Killer and I have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. This is one of the most original serial killer movies I have seen in a long time. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of horrors, but I Am Not a Serial Killer manages to breathe life into a genre that is insanely crowded with, well, crap. Although you'll find I Am Not a Serial Killer under Netflix horror, it really spans all kinds of genres. You have aspects of mystery, thriller, horror, and comedy all rolled into one. I can tell you right now that you have never seen a movie like this before.
So Zodiac is #1 on this list of serial killer movies. Zodiac is the true story of the Zodiac killer that stalked San Francisco in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Maybe it's because it's based on a true story but Zodiac will absolutely creep you out. I remember reading the true story of the Zodiac Killer and it was pretty horrifying. I'll never forget seeing the drawing of him in his outfit given to investigators by surviving witnesses. I usually wouldn't add a movie with such big name actors in it but I just couldn't resist with Zodiac. You find yourself being pulled in and obsessed just like the rest of the cast is in finding the serial killer's true identity. I'd have to say that out of all the serial killer movies based on a real serial killer, Zodiac takes the cake in the authenticity and mood of the movie. You almost feel on edge the whole time as the story gets stranger and stranger. If you're searching for "serial killer Netflix" this is the movie you need to watch.
The Eyes of My Mother
The Eyes of My Mother was great! It get's so much hate but please don't let that stop you from watching this movie. It only takes about ten minutes in for you to realize what you are in for with The Eyes of My Mother. A thing to note is that I'm not usually a fan of black and white movies. For most of them, I feel like it never really adds to the experience when you take away the color. Strangely enough, I thought it worked with The Eyes of My Mother. It puts the whole movie into a dreamlike state for the viewer. Well, it's more like a nightmare. This is one of the best serial killer movies on Netflix if you're looking for some pretty intense, and gruesome, scenes. This wasn't based on a true story, but I kind of got the sense that they stole little bits from real life serial killer stories here and there. The Eyes of My Mother is a pretty chilling and disturbing movie so be warned. After Zodiac, it's my next favorite of the serial killer movies on Netflix.
I wasn't sure if Hush should actually be on a list of serial killer movies on Netflix but in the end, I decided it belonged to be here. Hush is the story of a deaf girl living alone in the woods and being terrorized by a madman. Hush doesn't completely fit as one of the serial killer movies, but there's enough terror in it to make it qualified to be here. Good serial killer movies are so hard to come by because most of them are hardly ever original. Hush manages to once again take a played out genre and add a very interesting twist to it. The acting is great and Mike Flanagan continues to use his masterstroke in creating horrors. Another good movie by Mike Flanagan to watch on Netflix is Oculus. The best part about Hush is that it is constantly fast-paced. I can't imagine you will ever get bored watching this movie. Yeah, it's the classic cat and mouse horror flick, but there's a lot to be said about how efficient and sharply made this horror thriller is. Hush is definitely one of the best serial killer movies on Netflix.
As far as serial killer movies go, these are the best movies on Netflix. If you're looking for a good scare, or just want to learn some real facts about serial killers, these movies are a great place to start. If you have the time, start at the top and work your way down over the course of a few nights. You might find that you like serial killer movies just as much as I do. As always, if you're looking for the best movies on Netflix in every category, you can find them all here!