It’s that time again. Here’s your weekly dose of free online movies, only with a twist; there’s a theme this time. How about some real-life serial killer movies?
Since it has already been pointed out that next Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Jeffrey Dahmer, it only seems fitting to send readers in the direction of Dahmer, the 2002 exploitative biopic about the cannibal killer. Told through flashbacks, this demented movie depicts actual events from the life of the real man. It’s a perfect combination of corny and creepy. Yes, that’s Jeremy “Hawkeye” Renner as the Man himself. If Jeffrey Dahmer is your thing, check this out here on Popcornflix.
Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield
If the other legendary Wisconsinite murderer is more your bag, there’s this messed-up little gem. Made in 2007, Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield follows the misadventures of the most influential mass murderer of all time, the guy who inspired such movie madmen as Leatherface, Norman Bates, and Buffalo Bill. Not to be confused with Ed Gein, the 2000 biopic, this flick stars the one and only Kane Hodder in the title role, so it’s got a distinctly slasher-esque vibe to it. The cast also includes horror heavyweights Michael Berryman and Priscilla Barnes. Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield can be seen here at Viewster.
Often seen as the most cunning of all American serial killers, Ted Bundy was charming, intelligent, and charismatic, all traits that he used to gain the trust of his numerous female victims. This 2002 film, appropriately called Ted Bundy, tells his story, from his first murder to his eventual execution in the Florida electric chair. The screenplay, written by Stephen Johnston (who also wrote scripts for movies about Ed Gein, Charles Starkweather, and The Hillside Strangler), takes the actual facts from Bundy’s case and exploits them, but that doesn’t make this depiction of the man any less real…or any less disturbing. See Ted Bundy for yourself here on YouTube.
Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck
The case of Richard Speck reads like a real-life slasher movie. Speck broke into a home that was shared by eight nursing students and systematically tortured, raped, and killed them, one by one. Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck is, obviously, the story of the man and his crime. This 2007 movie was written and directed by Michael Feifer, who made similar films about Henry Lee Lucas, The Boston Strangler, and the B.T.K. killer, among other famous serial killers (including the Ed Gein movie mentioned earlier). Corin Nemec of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose fame plays the psycho killer, and horror stalwart Tony Todd makes an appearance as well. You can watch Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck here on Hulu.
We’ll round out our look at real-life serial killer dramatizations with Gacy, a film about everyone’s favorite killer clown, John Wayne Gacy. Throughout the seventies, Gacy raped and killed a total of 33 teenage boys and young men, strangling his victims and burying the bodies in the crawlspace beneath his home. Just like the other films on this list, this 2003 movie is both violent and exploitative with just a touch of camp. Gacy himself is fittingly played by Mark Holton, who is better known to viewers as Francis from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Adam Baldwin (the Baldwin from Full Metal Jacket) shows up, too, as Gacy’s father. If you’re not afraid of clowns, check out Gacy here on YouTube.