Silky-smooth serial killer Dexter’s got his most recent season hitting DVD today, which got us thinking about other suave movie and TV slayers — including Hannibal Lecter, Sylar, and He Who Must Not Be Named
History's most infamous serial killer flees from Victorian England to 1979 San Francisco thanks to a time machine built by none other than H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell). But the author is hot on his trail, leading to a cat-and-mouse game that spans both continents and centuries.
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Played by Woody Harrelson Natural Born Killers (1994)
Playing one half of a mass-murdering couple (the other half being Juliette Lewis), Harrelson brings maniacal charm to his role in Oliver Stone's dizzy cautionary tale about the love affair between violence and the media.
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Played by Michael Madsen Reservoir Dogs (1992)
In Quentin Tarantino's seminal crime thriller, Michael Madsen's tough guy (a.k.a., Vic Vega, a.k.a., Toothpick Vic) is the most sadistic member of the group of criminals who turn on each other after a botched robbery. Fun fact: He's the brother of Pulp Fiction's Vincent Vega (John Travolta).
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Played by Christian Bale American Psycho (2000)
Bale was lethally hot as Patrick Bateman, a self-obsessed murderer who preyed on women in Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' button-pushing novel.
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Played by Johnny Depp Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Go to this guy for a trim and you'll get a lot more than your hair cut. The antihero of Stephen Sondheim's hit musical came to the big screen in 2007 thanks to director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp, who boldly chose to do all his own singing in the movie. The result? Depp's third Oscar nomination.
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Played by Zachary Quinto Heroes (2006-present)
Long before he donned the Spock ears for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, Quinto was already an expert at exuding icy calm as Heroes' menacing ubervillain, a serial killer who grew stronger by absorbing the abilities of his ''evolved'' victims.
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Played by Christian Slater Heathers (1989)
A wise-cracking sociopath in the body of a handsome teenager, J.D. wreaks havoc on his high school by staging elaborate murders that look like suicides.