After Dahmer: The Best Serial Killer Movies & TV Shows

Americans seem to fear and love serial killers just as much. Otherwise how do you explain to us mob, and doomed, about an endless deluge of films, shows, novels, podcasts, true crime non-fiction and Even video games Who puts these men (mostly) and their bloody deeds front and center? Our latest national obsession is the Netflix mini-series, Dahmer – The Beast: The Jeffrey Dahmer StoryAnd the who has already become One of its biggest results. (Although a lot of people inexplicably equate Netflix with live streaming – or Even the TV itself – Given the constant lack of premium content that the streaming device plays, I wonder if anything Appropriately semi-convincing and boisterous it would instantly become a huge hit for him.)

But where have we been… you thugs! They have been ubiquitous in our popular culture for decades, and the subject of acclaimed stories such as sociological patientAnd the Silence of the LambsAnd the DexterAnd the real detective. Even with serial murder in real life Since the eighties Due to an overall safer community and more advanced police technologies, we remain hungry for more serialized content. While we can’t hope to make an exhaustive list in this space, here are four relatively recent shows and one movie you can switch to once you devour it. Dahmer.

Black Bird (2022)

Paul Walter Hauser and Taron Egerton in Black Bird on Apple TV
Paul Walter Hauser and Taron Egerton in Black Bird Camel

After a shaky start with a few disappointing performances and mixed reviews (We seeAnd the morning show) Apple TV + has rebounded with many gems, including the instant masterpiece, to cut, an expertly created show that almost defies faith. And if not in that rarefied air, blackbirdWritten by the great novelist and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (gone darling goneAnd the mysterious river), deserves attention too, especially for the gritty and horrific performances of its two protagonists, Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser.

Egerton plays Jimmy Kane, a convicted drug dealer who agrees to be transferred to a high-risk prison to help the feds get a suspected serial killer, Larry Hall (Hauser), to confess to more murders before being released on technical grounds, free to kill again. Why Ken? Because he is handsome and attractive and can get people to open up to him. But despite his skill at manipulation, Kane is far from being a narcissist, and his conscience hurts as he begins to understand how his own history of making women can come from a place similar to Hall’s murderous hatred of women.

In a parallel story, Greg Kinnear and Sepideh Moafi play mismatched partners in law enforcement trying to dig more dirt into Hall from the outside. But Keane’s arc of salvation leads the show. His journey is tortured given what he has learned about Hole – brilliantly depicted by Hauser as a man and child aloud – and he must confront himself and humans in general.

You can stream blackbird on me + Apple TV Stream it and rent it on other digital platforms.

Freaky 2020 movie with subtitles

FREAKY – Official Trailer (HD)

If you don’t mind blood, this terrifying comedy from Blumhouse is pure fun, not least for the great performances. One could argue that Vince Vaughn has phoned his share of movies (one could argue that Vaughn doesn’t try to hide the fact that he sometimes calls), but that’s far from the case here. The actor is fully committed to the premise of switching the body of the film and it is an absolute shout out.

Vaughn plays Blissfield Butcher, a serial killer who attacks high school student Millie Kessler (Katherine Newton), wounding her with an old woolly dagger. The next day they found out that they had swapped their bodies, similar to that freaky fridayand Millie, who is now inside the butcher’s body, and has to convince her friends that she really is (Misha Ocherovic and Celeste O’Connor do funny supporting work as friends). Meanwhile, the butcher assumes Millie’s body, turns her into a sexy girl, and uses her as a cover for dismembering and dismembering several teachers and students. And, of course, the horrific dispatch of crooks and bullies provides indirect gratification to anyone in the audience who still harbors hatred in their hearts for high school (which, let’s face it, most of us).

Director Christopher Landon is an expert in the genre, having written and directed entries for supernatural activity privilege and make sarcastic happy death day. You think that after 25 years Scream There will be a few places left to go with your slasher parody, but Landon is constantly extracting humor and invention from the dusty old well. This, combined with the skillful work of the actors, provides a hilarious and disgusting time in the movies.

You can rent and buy Horrible on multiple digital platforms.

I’ll Go Into the Dark (2020)

HBO’s six-part documentary series chronicles one of the most horrific true crime cases in American history, the case of the “Golden State Killer,” who in the 1970s and 1980s threatened California with more than 50 home invasions, during which time he terrorized his victims for hours before raping them. Sometimes killing them. The harrowing tale is made all the more exciting by the way the show lays it out through the experiences of Michelle McNamara, the amateur detective who described her years of trying to track down the killer in the book that became the basis for the series.

I will not reveal the fate of McNamara or the Golden State Killer here. Suffice to say, law enforcement has made amazing breakthroughs in the past few years just based on McNamara’s work and emerging DNA tracking technology. In addition to weaving the stories of the detective and the killer, the series also represents a disturbing mediation in the nature of obsession. Our society – especially women, who are usually the victims of these monsters – has gone through the real fascination with crime over the past decade, during which audio clips like a series And the My favorite killer She became among the most popular models. The McNamara case has become a cautionary tale about how a constant stay on this horrific substance can have detrimental effects on the psyche.

You can stream I’ll go in the dark on me HBO Max and rent it on other digital platforms.

Rillington Place (2016)

Quentin Tarantino Call Tim Roth One of the best actors in the world Watching the BBC Rillington Place, where Ruth hides behind makeup to embody real-life English serial killer John Christie after World War II, you’ll be hard-pressed to argue with him. In fact, great acting seems to characterize most of the entries on this list, as well as many other popular serial killer films (monsterAnd the BadlandsAnd the Horoscope). I suppose inhabiting serial killers and their victims takes on an advanced level of skill and commitment, which you’ll definitely find in Ruth’s creepy picture, as well as Samantha Morton’s performance as Christie’s long-suffering wife, Ethel.

Christie’s murders of at least eight women (also portrayed in the previous classic film 10 Rillington Place Starring Richard Attenborough as a serial killer) is among Britain’s most notorious crimes, especially since Christie used his humble technique to lure desperate girls with promises of abortion, which at the time was illegal in the country. One of his most famous victims was his neighbor, Beryl Evans, and Christie was also believed to have killed her infant, although the child’s father was hanged for this, in part thanks to Christie’s testimony (ironically, Jodie Comer playing Evans only a few years before she became a star as Villanelle, another serial killer of sorts Kill Eve).

I wrote previouslyRillington Place is a cruel indictment of a mid-century English society restricting women to second-class status, thus empowering a monster like Christie.” The miniseries was not widely watched in the United States, but it may have been Dahmer The hype will prompt some to search for it.

You can stream Rillington Place on me Hubla and rent it on other digital platforms.

Hannibal (2013-15)

Hannibal and Will in Hannibal
Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy from Hannibal NBC

Silence of the Lambs Usually considered the best filmed content for Hannibal Lecter (which also includes Michael Mann’s Manhuntermovie version of Hannibal with Julianne Moore, red dragonAnd the Hannibal’s growth) But NBC’s cult series is arguably better. How this muddled, bloody festival got to network TV — even as networks were trying to keep up”peak tv” Innovation on cables and signage – remains a mystery. But thank God she did, because it’s one of the most creative and artistic shows ever.

Hannibal At first he makes a tepid attempt at being a forensic procedural, Ala CSI, with a group of lab technicians mocking strangely disfigured corpses. Although realizing that the show wouldn’t last long in prime times, showrunner Brian Fuller and his team quickly abandoned any pretense of tradition and immersed themselves completely in their apocalyptic vision, which includes disturbingly beautiful arrangements of disfigured bodies and exquisite dishes that become in Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) kitchen 5 stars.

In this version of the material, the famous serial cannibal is not only at large and practicing expensive psychiatry (unknown files’ Gillian Anderson plays a fellow shrink), but works with the FBI to assess a troubled analyst, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), who slips further down the rabbit hole after each corrupt criminal who is asked to mentally inhabit. Of course, Hannibal uses his healing sessions with Will for his own purposes in his eternal project to connect all humans with his Machiavellian designs. From personality psychology to quirky art direction, Hannibal It is a strange show in the best way.

You can stream Hannibal on hollow And buy it on other digital platforms.

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