Men are often the first to come to mind when we think of murderers. Statistically, 87% of all murders are committed by men. Despite this, women still commit approximately 87% of all murders. 13%of all known murders. There have been many. female serial killersThrough history.

Here are some of our favorite movies featuring female characters who 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 A male lover was my partner and I went on a warped “romantic”Death spree (such like Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez). Spoilers ahead.

Devil Woman (1964)

Kichi’s Mother (Nobuko Otowa) & Kichi’s Wife (Jitsuko Yoshimura)

Kaneto Shindo, the writer/director of the classic ghost cat movie, also wrote and directed it. Kuroneko (AKA The Black Cat, 1968).

Japan Released Onibaba, This period piece, beautifully shot and edited, is set in medieval England and features graphic sex and violence themes that are unheard of 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. One by one, the female predators seduce and murder their prey. They then sell the trinkets on a black market. Things go horribly awry, however, when Kichi’s wife falls in love with one of their intended victims. 

The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler).

The Honeymoon Killers (1970)
The film takes a lot of creative liberties with the true story it was inspired by.

Based on the true story by 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. The movie was shot in ghoulish black-and-white and directed by Leonard Kastle. This was after Martin Scorsese, a young director was found unfit for 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 when her suspicions prove to be true and she and Fernandez are both sentenced to life imprisonment. At least when he’s in jail, she can be sure he’s not cheating on her.

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

Nina Tobias (Mimsy Farmer)

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
Four Flies on Grey Velvet wasn’t released on home video in the United States until 2009.

As Mimsy, an American actress, portrays her in this early 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. Her abusive stepfather bore a strong resemblance in Roberto, her eventual 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 had a fly pendant and it must have been swaying on her grey sweater as the murder victim. Nina, who has been convicted of multiple murders, is finally sentenced to her own grisly end.

Deep Red (1975)

Martha Manganiello (Clara Calamai)

Deep Red (1975)
Clara Calamai plays the surprise killer at the end of Dario Argento’s most famous Giallo film.

This is undoubtedly the most important and influential of all Italians Giallo In films, a psychic does a public reading. She becomes very uncomfortable after realizing that someone is murdering her. Soon after, the psychic is found dead in her apartment. A journalist and a musician team up to solve the crime, but soon discover that there are many more. It becomes clear towards the end that Martha Manganiello was a former actress who suffered from mental disorders and killed her husband many years ago. She has continued killing just to keep her secret safe—until she can no longer hide from the truth.

Criminally Insane (1975)

Ethel Janowski (Priscilla Alden)

Criminally Insane (1975)
A low-budget remake entitled Crazy Fat Ethel In 2016, it was released.

Also available as Crazy Fat Ethel, This mid-70s slasher movie stars Priscilla Asden as an obese woman. She has just been released from a mental hospital and will kill anyone who tries to help her. 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 with her knife and locks her body in her bedroom. Ethel, driven insane by hunger takes on more boarders and murders them one after another until people start questioning the foul smell emanating 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.

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Carrie (1976)

Carrie White (Sissy Spacek).

Carrie (1976)
Before Sissy Spacek nabbed the title role, director Brian de Palma’s first choice for Carrie was Betsy Slade, costar of the 1974 drama Our Time.

SissySpacek is a Hollywood legend for her portrayal in one of the most iconic revenge horror films ever made. She plays a lonely, shy girl who is cruelly treated by her religious mother and bullied by her peers at high school. However, neither her mother nor her high school bullies realize that Carrie is endowed with frighteningly powerful powers of telekinesis. All things come to an abrupt 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.

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

Jennifer Hills (Camille Keaton)

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
For a sequel, Camille Keaton retorted to Jennifer Hills’ role decades later. Deja Vu: I Spit On Your Grave (2019), From Meir Zarchi, the director of the original.

Jennifer is an aspiring author who lives in Manhattan. She then moves to a small cottage along the Connecticut coast to find the peace and quiet she needs to write her first novel. She is brutally raped shortly after her arrival by two local men, while another man watches. They also tore apart her book manuscript. Jennifer will find ways to exact bloody, fatal revenge on all her antagonists, including the one who was. “noble”It is enough to simply stand by and witness her being raped.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Pamela Voorhees (Betsy Palmer)

Friday the 13th (1980)
Betsy Palmer thought Friday, the 13th She was terrible and took the role to buy a car. She changed her mind many years later, realizing how important this classic slasher movie was to her.

Only known as “Mrs. Voorhees”This character, not her first name Pamela was the primary killer in the first installments of the long-running series. Friday, the 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. At the end of her unhinged killing spree, she finally finds her way to justice. 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.

Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

Ann Thomerson (Tracey Bregman)

Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
Lisa Langlois, who plays Amelia, was originally going for the role of Ann until Tracey Bragman offered her the part.

Virginia Wainwright, a pretty, proud, popular girl, 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 all but eliminated one by one. Since Ginny keeps having blackouts, she begins wondering if she’s the killer. She kills her psychiatrist when she confronts them about their dubious treatment plan. 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.

Sudden Impact (1983)

Jennifer Spencer (Sondra Locke)

Sudden Impact (1983)
Sudden Impact Originally written for Sondra Locke, it was later adapted to the fourth entry in the series. Dirty Harry franchise.

This is Clint Eastwood “Dirty Harry”vehicle in which the immortal line is uttered “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 starts killing her attackers a decade later, frustrated by a lack of 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.

“Chucky” Franchise (1988-2013)

Tiffany Valentine (Jennifer Tilly).

Tiffany Valentine takes a break to light a cigarette between murders.

The female companion/love interest/co-killer/co-doll with Chucky, the infamous possessed male killer doll in the Child’s Play Tiffany Valentine was voiced by Jennifer Tilly and 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 reveals that she was a redheaded girl who was picked up by Charles Lee Ray at a club. He stabbed another woman to death while she was watching. She claims that Charles should be called Chucky. Thus was born a serial-killing duo, with their spirits often inhabiting inanimate dolls. Tiffany takes a prominent role in 1988’s Bride of Chucky Chucky and she get married.

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Basic Instinct (1992)

Catherine Trammell (Sharon Stone).

Basic Instinct (1992)
Sharon Stone claims that she didn’t know she would be exposed in the famous leg-crossing scene. However, director Paul Verhoeven disputes her claim.

Sharon Stone, a beautiful blonde novelist by the name of Catherine Tramell is accused in the stabbing death of Johnny Boz, a rock star who was having sex during 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 sleep again with Catherine. The final scene shows him in bed discussing their future…as an icepick is shown underneath the bed.

Serial Mom (1994)

Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner).

Serial Mom (1994)
Catherine Turner is a respectable woman who will murder you for the slightest indignity.

In this bizarre comedy, John Waters, the King of Sleaze, (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray), Catherine Turner shines in the role of a suburban housewife from middle class who lives with her dentist husband, and their two upstanding teenage children, Misty & Chip. 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. She is known as a 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.

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mallory Knox (Juliette Lewis).

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Oliver Stone cast Juliette Lewis because he said that she was his daughter. “has malice in her eyes. She’s got adorable eyes, but they jump and they gleam.”

Oliver Stone directed a Quentin Tarantino script (which was then heavily revised) to create this brutal satire on American media. As children, Mickey Knox (Woody Harrelson), as well as his wife 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 by jealousy as well as petty insecurities, they pile up over fifty bodies in desert Southwest before being finally arrested. They are then found criminally insane and transported from prison to mental institutions. The film’s ending implies they’ve been released and are raising a brood of happy children.

Baise-Moi (2000)

Manu (Rafaella Anderson) & Nadine (Karen Lancaume)

Baise-Moi (2000)
Baise-Moi It is part of the New French Extremity movement.

France, release Baise-Moi—It literally means ” “Fuck Me”—the film for some reason has been released in English-speaking countries as Rape me The proper French term for this would be Viole-Moi. Nadine is a prostitute. Manu is a free spirit and will occasionally star in porn movies for some quick cash. Both feel isolated and rejected by society due to 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 their murder spree was not necessary since they are both the same inside.

Monster (2003)

Aileen Wuornos, Charlize Theron

Monster (2003)
Director Patty Jenkins wanted Charlize Toron to play the lead role in Monster after seeing Theron’s performance in The Devil’s Advocate (1997).

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 by the law and executed in 2002. In a supreme irony, Charlize Theron accepted the Academy Award for playing Wuornos on February 29, 2004—Wuornos’s birthday.

High Tension (2003)

Marie (Cécile de France)

High Tension (2003)
High Tension is also known as Haute Tension It was originally published in French. Switchblade Romance The United Kingdom

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 begin to fall. A serial killer and sadistic serial killer apparently broke into the house. While Alexia is held hostage, Marie must figure out a way to set them both free—but what if Marie is actually the killer?

Saw Franchise (2004 – Present)

Amanda Young (Shawnee)

Shawnee Smith as Amanda Young
Amanda Young: Victimized in childhood and victimized as an adult, she became a victimizer.

Amanda Young is a supporting role 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 a child and turned to self-injury as an adult to cope with her traumas. After being falsely arrested and framed for a crime, Amanda was sent to prison and turned to heroin addiction. Then she turned to murder. Amanda appeared in seven of the first seven episodes, either directly or through flashback. Saw films.

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Orphan Franchise (2009 – 2022)

Esther Coleman (Isabelle Fuhrman).

Isabelle Fuhrman as Esther Coleman
Esther appears innocent from the outside, but she is a violent and raging sociopath.

Esther Coleman, also known by her alias Leena Klausmer, was the main character as well as 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.”After murdering her father and his girlfriend, she was sent into an asylum. She was later released. She became a prostitute, and began a new series of 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.

Ma (2019)

Sue Ann Ellington (Octavia Spencer)

Ma (2019)
Octavia Spencer worked previously with director Tate Taylor The Help (2011).

Sue Ann, a black woman living in Ohio, is a lonely and socially marginalized veterinarian 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. Now, Sue Ann is all grown up and alone, she seeks revenge. The bodies begin to disappear one by one.

X (2022)

Pearl (Mia Goth)

Mia Goth as Pearl in X (2022).
Mia Goth said that Pearl took 10 hours to make.

1979: A group of free-spirited adult filmmakers decides to make a porno movie called The Farmer’s Daughters A couple who are elderly and crusty live in a remote 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 concludes 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 also 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 is about a mother of thirteen whose children all seem like they are 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.

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Chrissy is co-founder of Creepy Catalog. She has more 10 years of experience writing horror stories, and she holds a degree in philosophy.

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