Serial killer movies based on true life events: Since the dawn of cinema, real serial killers have been a source of inspiration for some of the most disturbing antagonists on the big screen. While their image may have been construed for added shock value or a dramatic revelation, there’s no denying that reality is more disturbing than fiction. In fact, some real life murders are so horrendous, they’re too shocking for the camera and must be downcast for the audience.
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It’s hard to imagine that someone like Hannibal Lector was once free to walk the streets. While the man behind the myth may not have been a charming intellectual who can recognize a niche woman’s perfume with a single sniff, it’s almost even more disturbing to know that he probably looked and acted like a “normal” person. Whether they’ve been made to explore the inner workings of the human psyche, or to glamorize the horrendous crimes, these 10 serial killer movies have not only shocked and awed the public, but brought attention to some of the most prolific murder cases of all time.
Aileen Wuornos was a former prostitute who was executed in 2002 after killing six men over a period of one year. All of her victims (apart from one) received multiple gunshot wounds and were found dumped alongside the highway or hidden in wooded areas. Wuornos gave conflicting statements during her trial, initially claiming that all of the men tried to sexually assault her, and later citing robbery as her motive — Nick Bloomfield’s documentary Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, offers an insight into her state of mind during her incarceration. In Monster, Wuornos is played by Charlize Theron, who went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal.