It’s a horrid truth, but Halloween would feel like something was missing without everybody’s favorite fictional slashing sadomasochists. Be it Michael or Freddy, these made-up maniacs have brought added fun to the holiday for all but those whose company they keep.
Here’s Wholesale Halloween Costumes’ list of top movies with serial killers, and we tried to leave off the obvious masked men you’re most familiar with.
10. Funny Games (2007)
This shot-for-shot remake of the 1997 Austrian film features two white-collar killers who hold a family of three hostage in their own Long Island home. Murdering of puppies and fatal injuries by way of a golf club are certainly enough of a reason to land this one on the list.
9. The Strangers (2008)
“Because you were home” might be the simplest, yet most terrifying reasoning for terrorizing that audiences have ever heard in a horror movie. These three masked murderers pulled it off, though, when they invaded the cabin of Liv Tyler and her on-screen love in 2008.
8. Saw (2004)
Whereas Freddy Kreuger destructs in the world where his victims should feel most safe, their dreams, Jigsaw brings the objects of his pleasure into his world – Isolated rooms where they must make decisions under duress, most of which prove to be fatal to either them or their new-found acquaintances.
7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Lots of sequels and remakes somewhat softened Leatherface’s blow, but when your weapon of mass destruction is a chainsaw, there’s really no possible way to avoid being placed on a list highlighting serial killers on the silver screen.
6. Psycho (1960)
The “Master of Suspense” Alfred Hitchcock really outdid himself when he put pen to paper and created Norman Bates, owner of the Bates Motel and star of the 1960 thriller Psycho. Bates, an overly jealous motel owner was known by his audience as a murderer of his female acquaintances who found themselves sexually attracted to anyone but him.
5. Zodiac (2007)
Zodiac Killer is a nickname given to America’s most notorious serial killer, and who was never known by any other name as he terrorized the Bay Area of California in the late 1960’s and 70’s. The 2007 film recreates the historical path of destruction he took, highlighted by the taunting messages he would send to police with each victim he took.
4. Friday the 13th (1980)
Similar to Leatherface of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th fame has had appearances in (probably) too many films. He has, however, made himself synonymous with hockey masks, even more so than actual hockey players, and had plenty of justification for his actions at Camp Crystal Lake throughout the years.
3. Se7ven (1995)
Se7en features a killer with a flare for the dramatic who is not to be outdone when it comes to the plotting and planning of his actions. Taking seven lives based on their failure to abide by the seven deadly sins (gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, pride, lust and envy), this serial killer makes the detectives who follow him question Ernest Hemmingways famous quote ‘The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for.’
2. American Psycho (2000)
The ultimate narcissist, Patrick Bateman spends whatever time he isn’t exfoliating luring his victims into his plastic-wrapped apartment where, if cold-blooded murder wasn’t enough, they’re also tortured with his monotonous takes on musicians like Huey Lewis and the News.
1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
We’d be hard-pressed to make any film other than this adaptation of the 1988 novel #1 on our list. It features not one, but two of the most psychotic personalities of all time, the first being Hannibal Lecter, who prefers his victims to be paired with a side of fava beans. The second is Buffalo Bill, whose experiments only contain overweight women whom he skins and eventually wears as a suit.
If you’re looking to channel your inner character from this list on Halloween, look no further than Wholesale Halloween Costumes. We’ve got plenty of Horror Costumes to mask your mug, and a ton of weapons to keep you killing the game.