Friday, 10 February 2012

Our Obsession With Serial Killers



There's no doubting that the world is a scary place, and that people are even scarier. When it comes to serial killers it not just Horror fans who are intrigued, it's the whole world. We want to know what makes them tick, why they did what they did. The thing I've always found the most frightening is the fact that this person could be your next door neighbour, a relative, a friend........ANYONE!
It's no surprise either that films have been made about the most infamous serial killers. Numerous amounts of films have been released over the years about these people. Some just take certain aspects and make their own story out of it, some solely based on the killings themselves. But there's no denying the impact on some people when these 5 words show up on screen:



Yes "Based on a true story" the 5 words that will multiply the films effect on you. What you have to remember though is, if it does say this it doesn't necessarily mean what you are seeing on screen is exactly what happened, yes in some cases it is but 95% of the time it's a dramatization of the sickening events that took place.

A good example of this is "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", you'd be surprised how many people think Leatherface was an actual person. He is in-fact based on Ed Gein. Yes he did have furniture made out of human bones and skin and many more vomit inducing artifacts, but he didn't run around after people with a chainsaw. Ed Gein also inspired Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and the character of Buffalo Bill in "Silence Of The Lambs".


Ed Gein
But like I said there are some that are very factual and did actually happen, like the films about the BTK Killer. With his very detailed confessions in court we were able to recreate on screen the brutality of his murderous rampage that lasted over 30 years. Same with films about Ted Bundy, who also gave very detailed confessions before he was sent to the electric chair.

Also I can't write an article like this without mentioning the infamous Jack The Ripper. The fact that his killings started in 1888 and are still talked about today show the magnitude of this case. One of the largest unsolved cases in history. There has been numerous films, books, documentaries and more based the Ripper killings, I myself find it very intriguing.


Ted Bundy
The Jack The Ripper story isn't the only famous unsolved cases that has made it onto the big screen. You've also got The Zodiac Killer and The Black Dahlia cases. The BTK Killer was very close to joining them. These films make it more fascinating because there is no true end, yes there has been suspects, but no official arrest to finalise the case.

Also who can forget our favourite crazy guy, Charles Manson. Various media releases have been made about him, he's even wrote his own books and even music. His story is a very intriguing one but due to various different stories from him and his "family" members it's hard to decipher what's fact or fiction.


Charles Manson
There's no denying the fact that these people, and more that I haven't mentioned, not only had a huge impact on society but also on film, especially in the Horror genre. I'm not trying to glorify them in anyway, I'm just pointing out the fact that through our own perverted curiosity we are always wanting to know what they did, whether it be in their own words or on screen.  

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