There’s a whole spectrum for serial killers and a large range of motivations. But the truly terrifying villains, in my opinion, are the ones who just enjoy the chaos of torturing others. I think that’s why Saw was so scary, and it’s one of the reasons that it’s my pick for Day 14 of 31 Days of Halloween.
IMDB’s Description: “Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they’re pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.”
This is the movie that launched a very large serial killer franchise and inspired other filmmakers to be more grisly. Jigsaw, the antagonist of the movie, is really twisted. He isn’t just content to kill, he has to play with his victims first through unsettling puzzles and forcing them to make horrifying decisions. It was a unique movie experience that I think most horror aficionados can appreciate.