The Best Serial Killer Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best serial killer movies. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Gothic

Writers of the 19th century compete for the best horror story.
Kinky

 

United Kingdom
1986
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Dog
Snake
6
They write what you know!
6
5.04
6
6
2
3
3
Photography
Dialogue
Plot
In your quest to watch all horror movies made in the 1980s, you might have missed this. It stars Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, and lesser-known actors playing what looks like swingers. They don’t call it that because it seems so organic, but their relationship is pretty kinky. The humor in this is singular but grows on you until you don’t notice it anymore. It take a while to absorb this vibe.
It’s intellectual, tongue-in-cheek, homoerotic and heteroerotic, lavish; it’s not for everyone and it’s hard to sell because it’s hard to label. It’s an anachronic supernatural period piece with theatrical dialogue. The dialogue is usually set up as if to address a live audience. Actors speak loudly and are very expressive; their facial expressions, stances, and movements exaggerated.
This is a gorgeous movie. The set pieces are elegant. The characters start out this way, too, but they become perverted versions of themselves as the plot thickens. Gothic is a mishmash of random ideas and is a fictionalized retelling of the Shelleys' visit to Lord Byron, which led to the writing of “Frankenstein” and “The Vampyre” by Mary Shelley and John Polidori respectively.
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