The world of cinema has given us plenty of serial killers over the years to scare the crap out of us. From Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs to Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Though, if you look at history, there are undoubtedly less female psychos than there are male. Well, today we are going to be looking at these underappreciated female psychotics and giving them their proper due. This is the ten most kick-ass female movie serial killers of all time.
10. Rebecca Gayheart as Brenda Bates – Urban Legend (1998)
Urban Legend follows a group of attractive youngsters at a local college, where a bunch of mysterious killings are occurring. The twist, the killer is using the methods of death described in urban legends as a means to kill the victims. Similarly to Wes Craven’s Scream, we are left guessing who the true killer is until the last fifteen minutes of the film. We ultimately discover that the killer is a girl named Brenda who is exacting revenge for the death of her boyfriend. Talk about a ride or die chick.
9. Amber Heard as Mandy Lane – All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013)
Mandy Lane (played by Amber Heard) is the girl-next-door all the guys want. A group of her friends are vacationing at a remote ranch when death and mayhem quickly ensue. One by one the teens are picked off in appropriately gruesome fashion. The film let’s us know pretty early on that the titular character’s old friend is the murderer but waits until the climax to let the viewers know that sweet lovable Mandy is on it. She ultimately double crosses her partner, killing him and riding off into the sunset. Further proof that you can never trust a beautiful homicidal female.
8. Kathleen Turner as Beverly Sutphin – Serial Mom (1994)
Directed by John Waters, Serial Mom is a dark comedy about… you guessed it, a serial killing mother. Kathleen Turner plays Beverly, a housewife in the suburbs of Baltimore. She appears to be normal but she is secretly a serial killer, murdering people over the most trivial of perceived slights, including a stealing a parking space. Although a statement says that the events of the film are true, it is in fact complete fiction. The film even ends with a close-up of Beverly’s iniquitous smile and a caption stating that Beverly “refused to cooperate” with the making of the film.
7. Felissa Rose as Angela Baker – Sleepaway Camp (1983)
After surviving a boating accident which claimed the lives of her father and twin sibling- Angela was left in the care of her domineering, mentally-unstable aunt. It was under her care that Angela was truly “born,” as before this, she was a boy. Yup! Raised as a girl, deeply confused about her sexuality, Angela is eventually sent away to a summer camp as a teen in an attempt to help her integrate with kids her own age. The act proved fatal, as you cold have guessed, she ultimately murders the bulk of her fellow campers and counselors. Any mention of the film will almost always reference the end of it, the epic reveal of Angela and her… manhood.
6. Juliette Lewis as Mallory Wilson Knox – Natural Born Killers (1994)
As a kid, young Mallory was neglected by her mother and sexual abused by her father. Needless to say, she grew up to have some issues. When she meets a psychotic killer named Mickey (played by Woody Harrelson) it’s love at first sight. The two proceed to go on a killing spree of epic proportions. Of the two, Mallory seems to be the more hostile, showing signs of being an uninhibited psychopath with zero empathy for the people she kills.
5. Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany – Bride of Chucky (1998)
Bride of Chucky pairs our favorite killer doll Chucky with Tiffany, a former lover and accomplice who brings Chucky back to life only to be killed herself (at the hands of Chucky) and have her soul put into a doll. While the majority of the film features Tiffany in her doll form, we still get plenty of pre-doll Tiffany to determine that this chick is insane.
4. Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby Firefly – House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
In Rob Zombie’s directorial debut, his wife Sheri Moon Zombie plays the psychotic Baby Firefly. When she isn’t buying liquor, flirting, strutting around half nude next to a skeleton or gyrating her hips and dancing topless she’s scalping helpless victims and stabbing women in bunny costumes. Zombie reprised her role in The Devil’s Rejects a few years later and things got just as insane.
3. Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos – Monster (2003)
The beautiful Charlize Theron famously went through extreme psychical transformation to portray real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing several men during the late ’80s and early ’90s. The film tells Wuornos’ story from childhood until her first murder conviction. Wuornos asserted that her victims had either raped or endeavored to rape her while she was working as a prostitute, and that all of the homicides were committed in self-defense. Nobody bought it.
2. Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell – Basic Instinct (1992)
Sharon Stone ruled the ‘90s with an icy sexuality and carefree attitude about showing off her private lady parts. Her character in the neo-noir, erotic thriller Basic Instinct has been described as “a mix between the classic femme fatale and the new psycho killers, one of the most evil characters ever created, on Hannibal Lecter’s level”. She also provided us with one of the most pause worthy moments in all of film history. Even with two full frontal sex scenes, it’s the half frontal scene—where a commando Stone strategically uncrosses and crosses her legs during an interrogation that would became the film’s most iconic moment.
1. Betsy Palmer as Pamela Voorhees in Friday the 13th (1980)
Before Jason Voorhees donned his iconic hockey mask and started slaying sexually promiscuous teenagers, his mother Pamela was showing horror antagonists how it was done. In the original Friday the 13th, after being distraught by the death of her son Jason, Pamela goes on a bloody killing spree. She takes out nearly everybody at her ex-workplace Camp Crystal Lake before she herself is killed in one of the greatest decapitation scenes ever put to film.