When we think about murderers, men are often the first thing that comes to mind. Statistics show that 87% of all murders were committed by men. Despite this fact, around 87% murders are still committed every year by women. 13%Of all the known murders. There have been many. female serial killersThrough history.
These are our top picks for movies featuring female characters that kill. Some are completely fictional. Some are based on real-life murderers—some of whom (such as Aileen Wuornos) killed by themselves, others of whom got involved in a lethal folie a deux My partner was a male lover and we went on a warped “romantic”Death spree (such a Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez). Spoilers ahead.
Kichi’s Mother (Nobuko Otowa) & Kichi’s Wife (Jitsuko Yoshimura)
Japan Released Onibaba, Beautifully shot and edited, this period piece is set in medieval England. It features graphic sex scenes and violence themes that are not common in cinema. Kichi’s widow and mother, driven mad by the loss of Kichi, lay in wait near seven-foot-high fields of grass where weary samurai go to hide and recharge their energy. The female predators seduce, then kill their prey one by one. They then sell the trinkets to a black market. Things go horribly awry, however, when Kichi’s wife falls in love with one of their intended victims.
Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler).
Based on the true story of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez. AKA “The Lonely Hearts Killers” who in the late 1940s killed up to 20 women by posing as a brother-and-sister team who befriended lonely women they’d met through magazine ads. Leonard Kastle was the director and shot the movie in ghoulish, black-and-white. This was done after Martin Scorsese, a young filmmaker, was found unfit to do the job. As Beck, Shirley Stoler walks an emotional tightrope—she is secretly in love with Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco) and suspects that he’s actually having sex with some of the women he’s courting. Martha calls the police to report her suspicions. Fernandez and Martha are sentenced to life imprisonment. At least when he’s in jail, she can be sure he’s not cheating on her.
Nina Tobias (Mimsy Farmer)
Mimsy, an American actress portrays her in this illustration. Giallo film by Dario Argento, Nina Tobias is the wife of Roberto Tobias, a rock drummer who is lured into a theater where he accidentally murders someone and it’s all caught on camera. Roberto can see that there’s a masked and gloved figure in the balcony who set him up for the murder. Nina’s character is that of a woman who’d been brutally beaten by her stepfather as a child. Her stepfather bore endless resentment for Nina since she wasn’t a boy. Roberto, Nina’s abusive stepfather, bore a strong resemblance to her husband. The film’s odd title comes from the fact that due to advanced technology, forensic technicians were able to capture the last thing a person’s eyes saw while they were being murdered—and in the case of one murder victim, they saw what looked like four flies on grey velvet. Nina wore an invisible fly pendant. It must have been swinging on her grey sweater, as the murder victim. Nina, who is a multiple-murderer, is now sentenced to her own grisly end.
Martha Manganiello (Clara Calamai)
This is without doubt the most influential and important of all Italians Giallo In movies, a psychic gives a public reading. After realizing that someone is killing her, she becomes very uncomfortable. Soon after, the psychic is found murdered in her apartment. A journalist and musician team up to solve this crime, but soon discover there are many more. It is revealed that Martha Manganiello, a former actress, was suffering from mental disorders and had killed her husband many decades ago. She has continued killing just to keep her secret safe—until she can no longer hide from the truth.
Ethel Janowski (Priscilla Alden)
Also available in Crazy Fat Ethel, This mid-70s slasher movie stars Priscilla Aden as an obese lady. She just got out of a mental hospital. Anyone who attempts to help her will be killed. She is released into the care of her grandmother, who empties the refrigerator and locks the cupboards shortly before Ethel’s release. Ethel kills her grandmother using a knife and locks her body in her room. Ethel, driven mad by hunger, takes on more boarders and kills them one by one until people begin to question the foul-smelling smell coming from her bedroom. Ethel winds up killing…and eating…everyone who shows up to investigate until she is finally arrested again and sent once more to an asylum.
Carrie White (Sissy Spacek).
SissySpacek is a Hollywood icon for her role in one of the most famous revenge horror films ever made. She plays a shy, lonely girl who is bullied at high school by her peers and cruelly treated by her religious mom. Carrie’s mother, and her high school bullies, don’t know that Carrie has terrifyingly powerful powers to telekinesis. All things come to a halt during senior prom “prank” that involves Carrie being covered in pig’s blood, at which point she makes sure that there is not a single soul left alive in her class.
Jennifer Hills (Camille Keaton)
Jennifer is an aspiring writer who lives in Manhattan. She then moves to a small cottage at the Connecticut coast to find the solitude and peace she needs in order to write her first book. Two local men brutally rape her shortly after she arrives, while another man watches. They also tore her book manuscript apart. Jennifer will find ways of exacting bloody, fatal revenge against all her antagonists, even the one who was. “noble”It’s enough to just stand there and watch her be raped.
Pamela Voorhees (Betsy Palmer)
Only known as “Mrs. Voorhees”This character, not her first named Pamela, was the primary killer of the first installments in the long-running series. Friday, June 13th Horror franchise. As a cook at Camp Crystal Lake in 1957, Mrs. Voorhees blamed lax standards at the camp for her son’s supposed drowning death—and took it upon herself to wreak fatal vengeance upon anyone who attempted to reopen the camp or breathe any kind of life into its existence. She finally comes to justice after her unhinged killing spree. When Jason’s true identity is revealed, Mrs. Voorhees appears in sequels as either a severed skull or as a voice giving her instructions to her son.
Ann Thomerson (Tracey Bregman)
Virginia Wainwright is a popular, proud, and pretty girl who is part of a clique at her private school known as The “Top Ten,” a sort of mean girls’ club of the most popular students. The Top Ten girls are suddenly eliminated one by one. Since Ginny keeps having blackouts, she begins wondering if she’s the killer. When she confronts her psychiatrist about their suspect treatment plan, she kills him. But then, when all hope seems lost, it turns out that Ginny hasn’t been killing anyone—it’s been Ann, her cohort in the Top Ten, wearing a realistic latex mask that makes her look like Ginny.
Jennifer Spencer (Sondra Locke)
This is Clint Eastwood “Dirty Harry”vehicle in which the immortal phrase is spoken “Go ahead, make my day” while pointing a .44 Magnum at a street thug, Eastwood’s real-life wife Sondra Locke stars as Jennifer Spencer, a young rape victim who was raped alongside her sister, who never mentally recovered from the trauma. Jennifer kills her attackers a decade after the fact, frustrated by a lack in legal recourse. She retreats to a local beach town after realizing that she’s being investigated by the San Francisco Police Department. While investigating the murders, Eastwood’s character, Harry Callahan, becomes romantically involved with Spencer. At the film’s end, they both find an ingenious way to frame one of her original attackers for all the murders.
Tiffany Valentine (Jennifer Tilly).
The female companion/love interest/co-killer/co-doll with Chucky, the infamous possessed male killer doll in the Child’s Play Jennifer Tilly portrayed Tiffany Valentine, and she also appeared in live action in films like Bride of Chucky. Seed of Chucky. Curse of Chucky. Cult of Chucky The ChuckyTelevision series. In human form, her backstory shows that she was a redheaded girl who was found by Charles Lee Ray in a club. While she was watching, he stabbed a woman to death. She claims Charles should be called Chucky. So was born a serial-killing couple, their spirits often inhabiting dolls that are inanimate. Tiffany takes a prominent role in 1988’s Bride of Chucky Chucky and her get married.
Catherine Trammell (Sharon Stone).
Sharon Stone, a gorgeous blonde novelist named Catherine Tramell, is charged in the stabbing death Johnny Boz (a rock star who was having sexual sex). When detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) begins investigating the killing, he also falls for Catherine’s seductive wiles. Soon he comes to suspect that she’s going to cast his character in one of her upcoming murder mysteries. Researching Catherine’s history, Nick discovers that she had a habit of befriending female murderers. Then, toward the end, it becomes apparent that a woman named Beth is the murderer not only of Johnny Boz, but of several people in Catherine’s social periphery. Nick agrees to go back to bed with Catherine. The final scene shows him in bed discussing their future…as an icepick is shown underneath the bed.
Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner).
This bizarre comedy features John Waters, the King Of Sleaze.Pink Flamingos, Hairspray), Catherine Turner plays the role of a suburban middle-class housewife who lives with her dentist husband and their two upstanding teenage daughters, Misty (and Chip) Turner. What’s not apparent to most people is that Beverly is a serial killer who slays people for the most unassuming slights—such as taking a parking space from her, standing up her daughter for a date, and wearing white after Labor Day. Beverly is a notorious celebrity killer. “Serial Mom,” and in a commentary on how American media makes stars out of psychopaths, her children Misty and Chip profit from their mom’s infamy.
Mallory Knox (Juliette Lewis).
Oliver Stone directed Quentin Tarantino’s script, which was then heavily edited to create this brutal satire of American media. As children, Mickey Knox (Woody Harrelson), and Mallory Lewis (Juliette Lewis) were both traumatized. As adults, they’ve united to take out their resentment against a callow and cruel world. Their seemingly endless murder spree begins when the couple kills Mallory’s perverted father and cold mother. Their relationship being threatened both by jealousy and petty anxieties, they accumulate over fifty bodies in the desert Southwest. Before being arrested. They are found criminally insane and taken from prison to mental hospitals. The film’s ending implies they’ve been released and are raising a brood of happy children.
Manu (Rafaella Anderson) & Nadine (Karen Lancaume)
France, release Baise-Moi—It literally means ” “Fuck Me”—the film for some reason has been released in English-speaking countries as Rape me This is the French term. Viole-Moi. Nadine, a prostitute. Manu is a free spirit who will sometimes star in porn films for some quick cash. Both feel rejected and isolated by society because of their sexual histories. They go on a vicious rampage of murder, including a swingers’ nightclub where they kill every living being inside. They both realize that they are one and the same inside, so their murder spree is unnecessary.
Charlize Thron, Aileen Wournos
South-African born Charlize Theron won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her startling transformation from a world-class beauty into the haggard and deranged real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who is often incorrectly called the world’s first female serial killer. Wuornos, who suffered a neglectful childhood typical of those who grow up to become serial killers, started a lesbian affair with a young woman named Selby in 1989—around the same time she started working as a prostitute along Florida’s freeways. When one man attempted to rape her, Aileen killed him—and she liked the feeling. After killing at least seven johns she was finally captured and executed by the law in 2002. In a supreme irony, Charlize Theron accepted the Academy Award for playing Wuornos on February 29, 2004—Wuornos’s birthday.
Marie (Cécile de France)
Marie and Alexia (Maïwenn Le Besco) are best friends who decide to take a weekend retreat at the remote farmhouse of Alexia’s parents. When they arrive, bodies start to fall. The house was broken into by a serial killer and a sadistic serial killer. While Alexia is held hostage, Marie must figure out a way to set them both free—but what if Marie is actually the killer?
Amanda Young (Shawnee)
Amanda Young plays a supporting part in the film. Saw franchise. In the original Saw, she was John Kramer’s apprentice (which is revealed in later movies), and in the next two films the secondary antagonist was centered around her character. Amanda was abused as child and then turned to self-injury to cope with her traumas as an adult. Amanda was falsely arrested and framed as a criminal. She was sent to prison, where she developed heroin addiction. Then, she committed murder. Amanda was featured in seven of the first seven episodes. She appeared either directly or via flashback. Saw films.
Esther Coleman (Isabelle Fahrman).
Esther Coleman, also known under her alias Leena Clausmer, was both the main character, and the villain, in The Crucible. Orphan Horror movies. Suffering sexual abuse at her father’s hands and having been born with a disorder that rendered her a proportional dwarf, she grew up severely maladjusted due to the idea that she would “never be a real woman.”She was sentenced to asylum after she murdered her father’s girlfriend and his boyfriend. Later, she was released. She became a prostitute and began a new series murders. Her body count includes: the entire Sullivan family, John Coleman, an unknown father, her father’s girlfriend, a young girl named Yolanda, and Daniel, Kate, and Max.
Sue Ann Ellington (Octavia Spencer)
Sue Ann, an Ohio black woman, is a lonely, socially marginalized vet assistant. She initially befriends a group of teens who contact her asking if they’ll buy her alcohol. She agrees, and soon enough she’s hosting parties for underage teens at her house. When one of the teen girls’ fathers warns Sue Ann to leave his daughter alone, it triggers a traumatic memory from Sue Ann’s youth—she had performed fellatio on the man while in high school, the entire school found out, and they never stopped bullying her as a result. Sue Ann is now all grown up and has no choice but to seek revenge. One by one, the bodies start to disappear.
Pearl (Mia Goth)
1979: A group free-spirited adult filmmakers decides that a porno movie is what they want to make. The Farmer’s Daughters A couple who are old and crusty lives in a Texas cabin. The director’s girlfriend, Maxine Minx (Mia Goth) catches the eye of the farmer’s wife, an old woman named Pearl (Mia Goth, in a duplicate role). Pearl’s overwhelming insecurity, jealousy, and feeling of inadequacy leads the entire bunch down a path of brutality and bloodshed. The film ends with a trailer for the prequel, entitled Pearl.
More movies featuring female killers
- Satanik (1968) an ugly woman drinks a magical potion that makes her irresistibly beautiful. It makes her a murderer.
- The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) an American writer in Italy witnesses a masked and gloved man killing people…or at least he Assume it’s a man…
- The Witch Who Came From the Sea (1976) a mentally disturbed woman (Millie Perkins) starts killing her lovers one by one.
- Alice Sweet Alice (1976) when a young girl (Brooke Shields) is brutally murdered, her older sister becomes a prime suspect.
- Black Journal (1977) released in Italy as Gran bollitoThis film tells the story of a mother to thirteen children who seem to be dying under her care. “mysterious” circumstances.
- Sleepaway Camp (1983) Years after shy girl named Angela Baker (Felissa Rose) witnesses her family killed in a boating accident, she is sent away to summer camp. Then, suddenly, people at camp begin dying…
- Dead Dudes in The House (1989) An old, dead woman named Abigail (Douglas Gibson) is brought back to life to go on a murder spree when a group of friends desecrate her grave while trying to renovate her house.
- Scream Franchise (1997-2022) The Ghostface killers are always different, and parts 2, 4 and 5 include a female as one of the surprise murderers.
- American Psycho 2 (2002) Rachel Newman steals an identity and starts a series of violent murders.
- House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil’s Rejects (2005): Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) and Mother Firefly (Karen Black and Leslie Easterbrook) are both killers in a family of deranged murderers.