Films The Best Slashers and Serial Killers Movies on Netflix  

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Movies, by definition, allow us to safely escape into the realms of the unknown. When the lights are out and the house begins to creak, it can be fun to put yourself inside the twisted mind of a serial killer, murderer, movie monster, or sexy slasher. Some of the best movies on Netflix are slasher flicks or serial killer films, and we've put together a list of the best of them. Warning: you may not sleep at night after viewing any number of these. 

The best slashers and serial killer movies on Netflix offer a comprehensive catalog of terror - often of the bloody and gruesome variety. The best slasher movies share many of the same characteristics - the swift dispatching of sexually promiscuous co-eds (Friday the 13th); the whodunit (Identity); gore (Texas Chainsaw Massacre); and the relentlessness of often mysterious figures of death (The Town That Dreaded Sundown).

On this list, you'll find cult-classics, like Scream. Drew Barrymore might only be on screen for about ten minutes of the movie before she's brutally gutted and hung in her own front yard, but her performance is well-worth the watch. If you're into sociopaths and serial killers, definitely watch Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield. It tells the story of the infamous murderer and body-snatcher that inspired the character Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 

So, lock your doors, don’t answer the phone, hit play, and brace yourself. Vote up the best slashers and serial killer movies on Netflix below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on ...more

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Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film concerns a group of teenagers who are murdered one by one while attempting ...more

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Scream 2 Sarah Michelle Gellar, Courteney Cox, Heather Graham Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Scream 2 is a 1997 American slasher film created and written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie ...more

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Scream 3 Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Scream 3 is a 2000 American slasher film and the third installment in the Scream franchise. Directed by Wes Craven and written by Ehren Kruger, the film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and ...more

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Scream 4 Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Courteney Cox 10 years after the third movie. Courteney Cox and David Arquette return as Gale Weathers Riley and Deputy Dewey Riley. Neve Campbell also returns as Sidney Prescott. A killer is after a new ...more

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Texas Chainsaw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Slashers and Serial Killers Movies on Netflix

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You're Next Sharni Vinson, Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz You're Next is a 2011 American independent action-horror slasher film directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett, and starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen, ...more

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Slashers and Serial Killers Movies on Netflix
Christophe De Oliveira added Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more

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Friday the 13th: Part 4: The F... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Slashers and Serial Killers Movies on Netflix

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Friday the 13th: Part 6: Jason... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Slashers and Serial Killers Movies on Netflix

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Robert Englund, Hope Lange, Clu Gulager A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge is a 1985 American slasher horror film and the second film in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. The film was directed by Jack Sholder and ...more

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a 1986 American psychological horror film directed and co-written by John McNaughton about the random crime spree of a serial killer who seemingly operates ...more

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Stitches Ross Noble, Tommy Knight, John McDonnell Stitches is a 2012 British-Irish horror comedy film directed by Conor McMahon and starring Ross Noble, Tommy Knight and Gemma-Leah Devereux. The plot concerns a birthday clown returning from the ...more

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Friday the 13th: Part 7: The N... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Slashers and Serial Killers Movies on Netflix

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Katrina Bowden, Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons "“The hillbillies from the store captured Alison!” Tucker and Dale, two hillbillies heading to their “fixer-upper” cabin for some relaxin’, discover they ain’t alone in them woods. They ...more

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Friday the 13th: Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Slashers and Serial Killers Movies on Netflix

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Friday the 13th: Part 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Slashers and Serial Killers Movies on Netflix

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michael-koebnick added Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. The Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. joint ...more

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown Dawn Wells, Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a 1976 American horror film by producer and director Charles B. Pierce who also co-stars as a bumbling police officer named A.C. Benson, also known as ...more

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Halloween: Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Slashers and Serial Killers Movies on Netflix

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michael-koebnick added Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his first outing as San Francisco ...more

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V/H/S Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Drew Sawyer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial V/H/S is a 2012 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts written and directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and the ...more

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Christophe De Oliveira added Wolf Creek Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean, and starring John Jarratt. The story revolves around three backpackers who find themselves held ...more

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Maniac Elijah Wood, America Olivo, Nora Arnezeder Maniac is a 2012 crime,horror and thriller film written by Alexandre Aja, C.A. Rosenberg and Gregory Levasseur and directed by Franck Khalfoun.

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V/H/S/2 Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson, Lawrence Michael Levine V/H/S/2 is a 2013 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts. It is the sequel to the film V/H/S. The sequel involves a largely different group of directors: ...more

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Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield Priscilla Barnes, Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield is a 2007 U.S.-American direct-to-video horror film starring Kane Hodder, Adrienne Frantz, Michael Berryman, Priscilla Barnes and Shawn Hoffman. It is based ...more

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Identity Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a screenplay written by Michael Cooney. The film stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, ...more

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Manhunter Brian Cox, Garcelle Beauvais, Joan Allen Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Manhunter is a 1986 American crime thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon. Written and directed by Michael Mann, it stars William Petersen as Will Graham and features Brian Cox ...more

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April Fool's Day Deborah Foreman, Thomas F. Wilson, Ken Olandt April Fool's Day is an American mystery dark comedy horror film released in 1986 by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Fred Walton, from the screenplay by Danilo Bach. The original music ...more

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Venom Meagan Good, Method Man, Laura Ramsey Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Venom is a 2005 American voodoo horror-of-the-demonic film starring Agnes Bruckner, Jonathan Jackson, Laura Ramsey, Meagan Good, D.J. Cotrona and Method Man. This was the last Dimension Films to ...more

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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Robert Earl Keen All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a 2006 American slasher film directed by Jonathan Levine, and starring Amber Heard, Michael Welch, Whitney Able and Anson Mount. The plot centers on a group of ...more

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ATM Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty ATM is a 2012 thriller film written by Chris Sparling and directed by David Brooks.

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The Traveler Val Kilmer, Camille Sullivan, Chris Gauthier The Traveler is a 2010 horror film directed by Michael Oblowitz, written by Joseph C. Muscat, and starring Val Kilmer and Dylan Neal. Val Kilmer plays a stranger who walks into a small town's ...more

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The Human Centipede (First Sequence) Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura "Outside the more outré work of Takashi Miike and David Cronenberg, you won’t have seen anything quite like Dutch avant-garde artist Tom Six’s totally bizarre off-the-wall oddity. ...more

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Hatchet III Danielle Harris, Derek Mears, Zach Galligan Hatchet III is a 2013 comedy, action and horror film written by Adam Green and directed by BJ McDonnell.

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Office Killer Ben Affleck, Molly Ringwald, Jeanne Tripplehorn Office Killer is a comedy-horror film directed by Cindy Sherman. It was released in 1997 and stars Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald and David Thornton.

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Hatchet II Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, Shawn Ashmore Hatchet 2 is a 2010 horror film directed by Adam Green.

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Wolf Creek 2 John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Gerard Kennedy Wolf Creek 2 is a 2013 Australian horror film co-written and directed by Greg McLean.The film serves as a sequel to his 2005 film Wolf Creek and features John Jarratt reprising his role as Mick ...more

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Alyce Kills is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Slashers and Serial Killers Movies on Netflix

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Satan's Little Helper Katheryn Winnick, Amanda Plummer, Stephen Graham Satan's Little Helper is a black comedy/horror film directed by Jeff Lieberman. It was filmed around New York City, USA and coastal Maine in 2003 and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in ...more

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Visiting Hours William Shatner, Michael Ironside, Lee Grant Visiting Hours is a 1982 slasher film directed by Jean-Claude Lord and starring Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl, William Shatner and Lenore Zann. The plot focuses on a feminist ...more

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American Mary Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Paul Anthony American Mary is a 2012 Canadian horror film starring Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, and Tristan Risk and written and directed by the Soska Sisters. Isabelle plays a medical student desperate ...more

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Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck Tony Todd, Corin Nemec, Andrew Divoff Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck is a 2007 horror film directed by Michael Feifer. The film is based on the true story of 1960s mass murderer Richard Speck.

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Shrooms Alice Greczyn, Jack Gleeson, Jack Huston Shrooms is a 2007 horror film about a group of American students and their Irish guide who are stalked by a serial killer while out in the woods looking for psilocybin mushrooms. The film was ...more

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Curse of the Zodiac Ulli Lommel, Cassandra Church, Colette Claire Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Curse of the Zodiac is a 2007 American horror film from Lionsgate, written and directed by Ulli Lommel, inspired by the true story of the hunt for a notorious serial killer known as ...more

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The Shrine Cindy Sampson, Aaron Ashmore, Monica Bugajski The Shrine is a Canadian horror film produced by Brookstreet Pictures. The film was directed by Jon Knautz and stars Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson, Meghan Heffern, and Trevor Matthews. The ...more

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The Den Melanie Papalia, Bill Oberst Jr., Matt Riedy The Den is a 2013 found footage film by Zachary Donohue and his feature film directorial debut. The film was first released in Russia on December 23, 2013, and was given a simultaneous limited ...more