Top 10 Superhuman Movie Serial Killers

This next installment centers around some of Hollywood’s most famous superhuman serial killers (and maybe some that aren’t so famous). Let’s start off with some good old Stephen King and end on a rather mysterious note, shall we?

10. Pennywise the Clown – IT (1990)

Don't do it, Georgie. You're gonna regret it the rest of your...oh.

Don’t do it, Georgie. You’re gonna regret it the rest of your…oh.

Pennywise scared the crap out of me when I first watched this as a teenager. By then it had been out for a bit (insert irrelevant comment about my age here), but that didn’t stop me from being simultaneously terrified and entertained. Clowns have always scared me (and everyone else) anyway. I mean, let’s face it, if you’re not afraid of clowns, then you have issues. Just look at what Bobcat Goldthwait did to Spongebob (aka Tom Kenny)!



Aside from their horrifying painted visages, clowns are just waiting to murder someone. But Pennywise made it his job to put down all the children that messed with him when they were young. And since he’s a demon, he can go on killing for as long as he likes. Thus making him…or her…or IT #10 on this list.

9. Count Graf Orlok – Nosferatu (1922)

"The low production value makes it the best movie ever." -Hipsters

“The low production value makes it the best movie ever.” -Hipsters

Of course there had to be a vampire (or vampyre) on the list. Count Orlok is moving and it might be to your side of town. And hide yo’ wife, because he’s hungry. Directed by F.W. Murnau, this film is wonderfully visual. And Orlok is creepy as hell. Even more so when Willem Defoe dons the outfit in the 2000 flick Shadow of the Vampire.



Count Orlock makes #9 on the list because who wants to have either a) the blood painfully drained from their body; or b) be one of his slaves forever?

8. Count Dracula – Dracula (1931)

Yes, there’s another vampire on the list. But I couldn’t go through it without giving an honorable mention to Bela Lugosi and his portrayal of Count Dracula. Another instance where being a woman basically means you’re about to get drained. That sounded so very wrong… Bela is number 8 on the list because his charms and decent looks make him all the more dangerous than Orlok.



7. Pinhead – Hellraiser (1987)

Clive Barker has a knack for creating worlds beyond regular imagination. Hellraiser was a brilliant film and Pinhead is one of my favorite villains. Although he only kills anyone who opens the box (traditionally), I still count him as a brutal serial killer. Especially with all that style. Chains and leather. Oh, yes! And because people are still stopping Clive Barker on the street and asking to bear Pinhead’s children to this day, he makes the list at #7.

6. The Devil – The Exorcist (1973), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Exorcismus (2010), Idle Hands (1999), etc.

The devil, Satan, Lucifer, Deceiver. He is the best mass murderer. Probably because too much fun is had while the sufferer is wasting away. Obviously this is a supernatural occurrence and, in my opinion, does not happen in reality. But we’re talking about Hollywood here! In every movie the Devil has graced with his presence, somebody dies. Usually multiple people. This plus the fact that victims tend to be chosen at random make the Devil #6 on this list.

5. Jason Voorhees – Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

Technically, Jason wasn’t considered superhuman until the third movie when he’d already been defeated once and donned his iconic hockey mask. Thus begins the legend of masked murderers. I’m not a huge fan of slasher films, but I love this series. Mainly because Jason likes killing teenagers that, let’s face it, kind of deserve to die. And it’s his thirst for lusty blood that puts him at #5.

4. Michael Myers – Halloween (1978)

Cap’n Kirk gonna SHANK ya!

Aside from never being able to see his face, the terrifying aspect about this dude is that he keeps coming back. No matter what you do. You can push him out a window, light him on fire, run him over, and even decapitate him, but he will not leave you alone. Moral of the story? Don’t be Jamie Lee Curtis. Despite his relentless hunting of all things fleshy, he’s just as warm and squishy inside as we are. Hell, he even has a fan club. Not joking. We all love him. And that’s why he’s #4.

3. Chucky – Child’s Play (1988)



Poor Brad Dourif. When you’re born that creepy, bad things are always going to happen to you. But I have to say getting stuck forever in the body of a ginger doll is the worst. No wonder he takes he lashes out and kills people. Sure, he was a murderer before, but this just made him mad. The fact that this film has spawned six others, I’d say he deserves spot #3 here. Wouldn’t you?

2. Freddy Kruger – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Robert Englund is one of my favorite horror movie actors. Maybe it’s because in interviews he seems like such a happy guy. Freddy’s wise-cracks always get me, too. He must be the only superhuman serial killer that takes this much joy in his work. The only way they could make it better is if he sang while he worked.

…On second thought…let’s not and say we did. The creepiest part about Freddy is that he murders you in your sleep. And as we’ve seen, you can’t escape. He’ll get you. A human can’t go without sleep their whole lives. And if it weren’t for his ability to turn nightmares deadly, he wouldn’t be #2.

1. Jess – Triangle (2009)

“Now wait a minute,” you’re saying, “how can she be a serial killer if she’s the one being stalked?” Well, folks, this is where it gets weird. Very very weird.





Just what the hell is going on here? Triangle was one of those films where the viewer is left asking this question the entire way through. Jess is just out for a fishing trip with friends when their boat gets capsized. They stumble upon what looks like an abandoned cruise liner, and hop aboard. Why does no one ever realize they’re in a horror movie?

Anyway, turns out the ship isn’t actually empty (surprise) but there’s a killer on board (surprise, surprise!). What’s really weird, though, is that every time Jess is killed, she awakens on the beach and the whole ordeal starts all over again. Until she figures out that she’s the masked murdered. Or…she’s trying to save her friends. Or…she’s schizophrenic. I’m still not sure. But that’s the reason this flick gets #1.

Who are your favorites?



5 Disturbing Movies Everyone Should See

Even though these may not be the most unheard of films, if you haven’t seen them, you absolutely must. Some of them will make you cringe, some will make you sad and still others might make you angry. Stay on the lookout for the following gems.

5. Cannibal Holocaust

Let me start off by saying this is a film that made me pretty upset. It’s claim to fame was the controversy surrounding it. A group has disappeared in the Amazon rain forest while filming a documentary about the cannibalistic tribes in the area. The director,  Ruggero Deodato was arrested in Italy after the film was released because the government believed the actors were actually murdered on film. Of course, he now regrets everything he did for the film, but that’s not what aggravates me. All animal deaths (including two monkeys, a turtle, a snake, a pig and a spider) were all real. Now, I don’t care if these animals were fed to the natives afterward. Deodato did this simply for the shock value. And that is despicable.  Even still, this is one everyone should see.

4. Oldboy


Not your typical kidnapping film. Imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su takes revenge on his captors. The reason this film is on the list it because it is so utterly cringe-worthy. If there’s one thing I can’t handle in movies it’s pulling out teeth. And that’s all I really have to say about that. Oh, and just forget about that remake directed by Spike Lee in 2013. Just…forget about it.

3. Aftermath

Although this is a short film, it made the cut because you gotta see this. A morgue attendant decides to do some naughty things with a newly arrived corpse. This film made me want to shut my eyes tight, yet I couldn’t stop watching. If you’re into the “icky squishies,” I implore you to watch this one. Go ahead. It’s on YouTube. Do it now. I’ll wait.

2. Eraserhead

Now, Eraserhead is a difficult one to watch. I’ve only seen it once and I can hardly bring myself to do it again. Of course, it’s David Lynch, so it’s got to be tweaked, right? Well, this film is not only frightening, it’s confusingly terrifying. If you enjoy those films that make your head, ears and eyes want to explode, go for this one. Just…don’t invite me over when you decide to slip it in.

1. Uninvited

Now this is a gem. This Korean film was directed by Soo-youn Lee, a relatively unknown writer. But as you can see from the trailer, the long, drawn-out shots and disturbing noises are enough to make you feel uncomfortable already. Oh, and that split second shot where they show the truck backing up on the kid in the street? Yeah, they don’t cut away. At all. So, if you’re looking for something truly worthy of roller coaster of terror, pick up this one.

What films disturbed you beyond reason?

5 (More) Zombie Films You Haven’t Seen

Okay, I understand the last list wasn’t as indie as it could have been, so I took some suggestions from readers and am rebooting my list.

1. Dead Girl

Dead Girl made this list because after reading the synopsis, I have to watch this one. It’s about some teenage boys who find this dead girl tied to a gurney in some abandoned warehouse in the middle of nowhere. Things get out of hand and the boys end up getting a little too comfortable with the corpse.

A non-traditional zombie movie in every sense of the word. Although I did run into some who were not too thrilled about me using this film nor wanted to actually sit an watch it with me due to the graphic nature of it. And the naked dead girl. To which my response was as follows.

2. The Signal

The Signal is a three-part film with a separate director for each segment. The plot is about a signal broadcasted through technological means which turns people into murderous monsters. This film made the list because of its unique look into the zombie infection.

3. Dead Snow

Dead. Nazi. Zombies. Need I say more?

Okay, I’ll say a little more. Dead Snow is another comedy horror that takes zombies to the next level. Clichés are usually frowned upon, but this film uses them to its advantage. A very fun work indeed.

4. Versus

What are Japanese films known for? Random explosions? Whacky misadventures? Versus does not disappoint in any of those categories. Oh, and there’s swords. And martial arts. Just…just watch it.

5. The Dead

Slow zombies again! Yay! The Dead is more of a traditional zombie flick, so don’t expect a lot or originality. It takes place in Africa, which I thought was interesting, with only two main characters. If you’re looking for a timeless, sit-on-your-couch-with-beer-and-popcorn kind of movie, this is it.

So, did this list please you? I have an idea. List an indie zombie film you think I haven’t seen. I’ll collect five of the best and make another list based on your suggestions. Ready? GO!

Top 10 Scariest Short Films

Yes, Halloween was a whole four months ago, but in my opinion it’s never too later (or early?) to scare yourself into an entirely new sleep schedule. Want to try it out?

I’ve scoured the Internet to find some of the most frightening and shocking short films out there. I found lots of gems, but I somehow whittled the list down to my top ten. And without further ado, here they are.

10. Slash-in-the-Box

Why it Made the List

Slash-in-the-Box had some classic horror elements that we all know and love. Okay, maybe we don’t all love a jack-in-the-box. In fact, I hate them. But that’s why this short made the list. Not to mention the fake-outs that made me tense and then snicker.

The Downside

The reason Slash-in-the-Box made number ten is not only do I not appreciate typing out words with too many hyphens in them, but the film also used a few cliché elements that I didn’t quite appreciate. The baseball hopping down the stairs was also out of place. And why did wifey not notice the huge puddle of blood in the kitchen?

9. Red Balloon

Why it Made the List

Because it was creepy. Plain and simple. The little girl was creepy, the rain was creepy, the house was creepy, and the breathing stuffed bunny was creepy! The camera work was superb and it definitely had an amazing ending.

The Downside

The babysitting horror thing is slightly out of date at this point. Coupled with the cliché jump scare dream, the film did it’s job with the creepy factor, but failed in originality.

8. Cat with Hands

Why it Made the List

Why wouldn’t it make the list? The stop-motion animation was fantastic and it made me not want to hug my cat for once. And the distorted face at the end just did me in. The creepy atmosphere and close camera angles made me feel uncomfortable as well.

The Downside

I can see how the switch from live action to animation would bother some viewers. While I didn’t mind it, it may have been an okay piece with CG.

7. Befellows

Why it Made the List

The shear thought of seeing your significant other call you on the phone while you swore they were next to you in bed is enough dredge up a cute little chill in your soul. I could feel it ribbon up my spine while watching this one. Not to mention the director does amazing work showing the viewers what’s going on while the woman has no idea.

The Downside

I am not a fan of jump-scares. In fact, I hate them. If there’s a way a filmmaker can scare me in my head without making my heart skip a beat I will be one happy camper. But the jump factor was not necessary in this short film.

6. Don’t Move

Why it Made the List

Aside from some chilling CG going on, this film was as claustrophobic as they come. This, folks, is what happens when you try to mess with demons. Move an inch and this monster goes on a face-ripping spree. I love seeing idiots get what they deserve.

The Downside

In my opinion, the less shown the better. The first few times the viewer spots the demon, he’s nothing more than black smoke curling through the air. However, at about 3:54 you get a good look at its face and… I wasn’t impressed. I’ll admit the effect was done well, but it was simply shown way too often.

5. He Dies at the End

Why it Made the List

I am a sucker for long drawn out shots of random objects. And this was directed quite well. Plus, I loved the subtitles to keep us from constantly watching the computer screen. And the tension was very well-built throughout the entire film.

The Downside

The ending. That is all.

4. Victim

Why it Made the List

Students films are either notoriously artistic or horrifyingly so. This strikes a balance between both. I like the close-up in and out of focus shots at the beginning and the sense of unease is well within its limits.

The Downside

It’s obviously a student film. A few too many shots that try too hard to be artistic with an end that seems to fizzle out visually.

3. Sleepover

Why it Made the List

This short film combined horror and comedy in a great way. Plus, it did something horror directors rarely move into–it brutally murdered a child. I have no idea why, but it made me love this film even more. It was directed well and starred Josh Feldman (Insidious), so it had a higher than normal budget for a short film.

The Downside

Having actors you recognize in a horror film can sometimes be off-putting if it’s supposed to be in a run-of-the mill setting smack in the center of suburbia (unless it’s Paris Hilton).

2. Click

Why it Made the List

Aside from no questions being answered as to why there is no one else around and it seems these kids are on their own, this film is simply brilliant. The establishing shots are perfect and the viewer has a sense of camaraderie with the kids. The biggest factor to me, however, is the fact that the viewer sees nothing. No monsters, no ghosts, no nothing. It’s just darkness. And nothing’s scarier than not knowing. 

The Downside

It was a tad drawn out in spots where quicker shots would have been more effective.

1. One Last Dive

Why it Made the List

Obviously I’ve talked about this film before, but it is my number one because it just sets such a dynamic scene. The lighting and tension are perfect and the ending is shocking and scary. I can forgive the jump scare in this one because it was more realistic than simply being there for shock value.

The Downside

There isn’t one.

Best (Or Worst) Horror Movie Quotes

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a poster of the 101 most famous movie lines of all time. The first thought was, “How can you whittle down so many amazing films into 101?” My second thought upon actually reading the poster was, “Who the hell wrote this? These lines suck!”

Half of them were not the most memorable quote from the film. In fact, I had never heard anyone quote them before. Which lead me to wonder what the 101 most memorable horror movie quotes are. I found a website seconds later.

The site it here.

I’ve scrutinized the list to the best of my abilities. There weren’t many revisions, but I did notice some films were left off the list completely. Among the lines that were either inaccurate or plain erroneous were:

97. Aliens (1986)

  • Ripley: “Get away from her, you bitch.”

Really? That line? I have a few more for you:

Aliens (1986)

  • Hudson: “Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?”  Vasquez: “No, have you?”
  • Hudson: “Game over, man!”

95. Army of Darkness (1992)

  • Ash: “Good Ash, bad Ash. I’m the guy with the Gun.”

That one I get. But there are so many more! Such as:

Army of Darkness (1992)

  • Ash: “Name’s Ash [cocks rifle] housewares.”
  • Ash: “Hail to the king, baby.”
  • Ash: “Keep your damn filthy bones outta my mouth.”

90. Carrie (1976)

  • Margaret White: “They’re all gonna laugh at you.”

Again, I have another:

Carrie (1976)

  • Margaret White: “Pimples are the Lord’s way of chastising you.”

83. Dead Alive (1992)

  • Lionel: “That’s my mother you’re pissing on.”


Dead Alive (1992)

  • Father McGruder: “I kick ass for the Lord”


79. Evil Dead II (1987)

  • Ash: “Groovy!”

Forget it… There are way too many good quotes from Evil Dead II.

77. The Exorcist (1973)

  • Demon: “What an excellent day for an exorcism.”

A few more:

The Exorcist (1973)

  • Demon: “That’s much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.”
  • Father Merrin, Father Damien Karras: “The Power of Christ compels you!”
  • Karras’ Mother: [to Karras] “Why you do this to me, Dimmy?”

60. Ghostbusters (1984)

  • Dr. Peter Venkman: “We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!”

I’ll give you that one. But this one is also good:

Ghostbusters (1984)

  • Dr. Peter Venkman: “He slimed me.”

57. Gremlins (1984)

  • Murry Futterman: “Goddamn foreign TV. I told ya we should’ve got a Zenith.”

My fiancé pointed out another great line from Gremlins:

Gremlins (1984)

  • Kate: “Now I have another reason to hate Christmas.”

14. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

  • Barbara: “It’s been a funny sort of day, hasn’t it?”

Really? That line?? What the hell ever happened to:

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

  • Multiple: “You’ve got red on you.”

09. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  • Clarice Starling: “If you didn’t kill him, then who did, sir?”    Hannibal Lecter: “Who can say. Best thing for him, really. His therapy was going nowhere.”

Did we just forget about:

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  • Hannibal Lecter: “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”

The following films were not even included on the list, so I thought I’d take it upon myself to give them an honorable mention:

Alien (1979)

  • Ripley: “Micro changes in air density, my ass.”

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

  • HAL: “Just what do you think you are doing, Dave?”
  • Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

What are some of your favorite horror movie lines? Do you think the site needs to include more or was misquoted? I’d love to know your thoughts!

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven – A Review

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven: (Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process).

Yes. That is a book title—a book written by Corey Taylor, the lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour. When I first heard about it, I didn’t know what to think. An overloaded title for an over-egotistical rock star. But when I heard what it was about, I realized I wanted to read it.

Click for link to Amazon.

Made Peace with the Paranormal. What does that even mean? When my fiancé told me the title, I just looked at him like a cat does when you’ve been baby-talking to him for four minutes straight. What? No one else does that? Anyway… He explained it to me this way:

“It’s the lead singer of Slipknot.”


“It’s his second book.”


“It’s about his experiences with the paranormal.”

“I’m in.”

And that’s all it took. We started listening to the audio book that very day. Taylor narrates himself which, in a way is cool. In another way it’s slightly an ego thing, but if my titles were ever made into audio books, I’d either want myself or James Earl Jones to read them.

Now, on to the substance of the book. Aside from Taylor’s many random, pages-long tangents about religion, exorcisms, “arm-chair science” and ginger ghosts (yes, you read that right), it was quite interesting to hear about his adventures with friends, band mates and fellow paranormal investigators. Like any rock star you’d imagine he had a lot of fun. The book is written quite well aside from a few redundant words and a bit much of the thesaurus from time to time.

I do have a gripe, however. I’d never say this to his face (right, like I’d ever meet him in person or he’d ever read my lonely blog), but his experiences were…lackluster. And in the book, he says each one is the scariest thing that’s ever happened to him. Among these experiences include:

  • Seeing a vagrant homeless man in an abandoned house (which he believes was a ghost);
  • Hearing whistling in a hallway where no one claimed to be;
  • A vase being pushed off the ledge of a counter;
  • Being shoved from behind;

Note that during each of these experiences, he was either fatigued or distracted. The other instances I did not mention were those of sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis can be quite scary. A feeling of being unable to move or breathe. Some people even experience seeing shadows dart around the room. I’ve even heard stories about one male friend of mine who said an old woman would sit on his chest at night while another said someone constantly screamed in his face while falling asleep. One time (after a lengthy few days of playing Silent Hill in the dark), I had an experience where I woke up and saw three mannequins standing by the closet. I thought, “Huh…” I turned over, tried to shake my fiancé awake to no avail, then looked again and noticed they were just jackets hanging up. Needless to say, the closet stayed closed the rest of the time we lived there.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not demeaning Taylor’s experiences at all. I’m simply saying that there are quite rational explanations for them. I dabbled in paranormal investigation for years (I’m even certified), and I try to come up with rational explanations for everything I’ve experienced. These include:

  • Someone blowing air right in my face when no one was there;
  • Feeling as though someone was grabbing my arm (we took a photo later and it was all red);
  • Hearing gunshots in an empty room;
  • Feeling someone wrap their arms around my legs.


    I wish I still had all the pictures…

All I’m saying is that we can’t trust a lot of technology to record ghosts or spirits. Audio devices have static and artifacts, video is never clear in the dark, and even our own senses betray us at times. If you stand near a circuit breaker box long enough, you’ll feel paranoid or sick because the electromagnetic field around it is messing with your waves. And let’s not forget when you go somewhere or do something expecting to be scared and running around in the dark… Come on. Our minds play tricks on us.

All that being said, it was a fun book and I recommend it. And I promise I’ll go into all my paranormal experiences in a later blog post, so stay tuned!

What are some paranormal experiences that have happened to you? Enquiring minds want to know!