Criminally insane movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant criminally insane movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense, slasher and scary films and TV shows about / with murder, criminally insane, psychopath, violence, blood, insanity, death, serial killer, corpse and evil man plots mostly in Horror, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, Japan, France and other countries.
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criminally insane movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as criminally insane: High Tension (2003), The Hour of the Lynx (2013), Identity (2003), The Funhouse Massacre (2015), Asylum Blackout (2011), 3 from Hell (2019), Shocker (1989), Instinct (1999), Cover Up (1974), The Batman (2022).

List of criminally insane movies

 6.7
 72K
High Tension (2003)
Genre: Horror
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, ...
Style: scary, slasher, psychological, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: home invasion, evil man, kidnapping, massacre, brutality, insanity, sadism, serial rapist, sadistic horror, sadistic killer, psycho killer, sadistic psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, south of france, europe
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The Hour of the Lynx (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Helen, a priest, is approached by scientist Lisbeth with a desperate plea for help. A young man, who has been sent to a high security psychiatric ward after having killed an old couple, has attempted suicide while rambling about God. Having been ...
Style: realistic, tense, psychological, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: mental institution, criminal psychologist, society, characters in danger, psychopath, clergy, race against time, woman in danger, haunted by the past, peril, strong female presence, criminally insane ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, scandinavia, denmark
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 7.3
 242K
Identity (2003)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Style: twist ending, mind bending, suspenseful, surprise ending, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, mystery, characters killed one by one, stranded, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, split personality, psychiatrist, motel, psycho, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, nevada, florida
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The Funhouse Massacre (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Six of the worlds scariest psychopaths escape from a local Asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse whose themed mazes are inspired by their various reigns of terror.
Style: slasher, sadistic, brutal, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, halloween, escaped mental patient, trapped, mental institution, killer clown, torture, violence, cult, amusement park, psychopath, cannibalism ...
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Asylum Blackout (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Belgium
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A group of cooks at an asylum for the criminally insane get locked in with the inmates during a massive thunderstorm
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, serious, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, blackout, security guard, survival, confinement indoors, psychopath, isolation, friendship, confined, escapades, trapped, insanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: washington d.c., usa, washington state
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 5.4
 14K
3 from Hell (2019)
Genre: Action, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly, Otis Driftwood and Captain Spaulding are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained. Teaming up with Otis’ half-brother Wilson, the demented Firefly clan escape to ...
Style: suspense, rough, suspenseful, scary, bleak ...
Plot: psychopath, panic, sadist, murderer, murder, death, homicidal maniac, prisoner, serial murder, evil, insanity, brutality ...
Time: 80s, year 1988
Place: mexico, texas
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 5.4
 16K
Shocker (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.
Style: slasher, sadistic, scary, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, electric chair, supernatural, maniac, evil, psychopath, reincarnation, police investigation, vengeance, serial killer, chase, violence ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: california
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 6.5
 33K
Instinct (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In a prison for the criminally insane, deranged anthropologist Ethan Powell is set to be examined by a bright young psychiatrist, Theo Caulder. Driven by ambition and a hunger for the truth, Caulder will eventually risk everything -- even put his ...
Style: psychological, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, murder, psychologist, estrangement, crimes, gorilla, doctors and patients, redemption, treatment, research, violence, insanity ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, florida, africa, rwanda, cuba
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 6.2
 2K
Cover Up (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In 1957, Dorothy and Edmund Yates (Keith and Rupert Davies) were committed to an institution for the criminally insane, she for acts of murder and cannibalism and he for covering up her crimes. Fifteen years later, they are pronounced fit for ...
Style: slasher, scary, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: mental institution, serial killer, psychopath, murder, mental illness, crimes, mind game, mystery, ghost, golden years, mysterious character, supernatural ...
Time: 70s
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 8.0
 433K
The Batman (2022)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 176 min.
Story: In his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption in Gotham City that connects to his own family while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler.
Style: neo noir, psychotronic, surprise ending, sinister, epic ...
Plot: police, psychopath, vengeance, organized crime, political corruption, nightclub, politician, murder investigation, secret identity, superhero, masked superhero, crime fighter ...
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It's been many years since Freddy Krueger's first victim, Nancy, came face-to-face with Freddy and his sadistic, evil ways. Now, Nancy's all grown up; she's put her frightening nightmares behind her and is helping teens cope with ...
Style: slasher, scary, surreal, macabre, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: mental institution, murder, supernatural, nightmare comes true, disfigurement, serial murder, serial killer, ghost, back from the dead, sleepwalking, group therapy, nightmare ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1990
Place: ohio, usa
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 6.5
 145K
Halloween (2018)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. This film, ...
Style: slasher, suspense, suspenseful, psychological, scary ...
Plot: halloween, sadistic psychopath, masked killer, murder, serial killer, boogeyman, murderer, terror, maniac, violence, homicidal maniac, fear ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: illinois, midwest
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 8.2
 12K
Baccano! (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 384 min.
TV show
Story: During the early 1930s in Chicago, the transcontinental train, Flying Pussyfoot, is starting its legendary journey that will leave a trail of blood all over the country. At the same time in New York, the ambitious scientist Szilard and his unwilling ...
Style: stylized, exciting, suspense, serious, seinen ...
Plot: immortality, paranoia, rivalry, heroes, vengeance, supernatural, murder, gangsters, thief, violence, uncontrollable, supernatural ability ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
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Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (2017)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The 12th Twelve Tournament that gets held every twelve years - Twelve brave warriors who bear the names of the signs of the zodiac fight each other for the lives and souls. The participants are twelve very strange warriors: "Rat," ...
Style: suspenseful, visually appealing, exciting, serious, futuristic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mythology, supernatural, martial arts, sword fight, fight to the death, supernatural power, battles, zodiac, zodiac sign, showdown, following a dream, strategy ...
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 3.8
 1K
Old 37 (2015)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two brothers intercept 911 calls in their Father's beat up old Ambulance to exact revenge on a group of careless teen drivers.
Style: brutal, sadistic, disturbing, rough, slasher ...
Plot: ambulance, serial killer, maniac, wilderness, two killers, sadism, brother brother relationship, murder, characters killed one by one, torture, masked man, child abuse ...
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 5.9
 11K
The Prowler (1981)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, soldier, small town, vengeance, youth, homecoming, world war two, love affair, college, masked villain, violence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1945, year 1980 ...
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 5.1
 6K
Madman (1981)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: At a summer camp for youths, cocky pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer "Madman Marz". Suddenly, counselors are being maimed and slaughtered in various ways by the backwoodsman who has returned when his name was called.
Style: scary, slasher, suspenseful, suspense, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, summer camp, stalking, murder, camp counselor, psychopath, psycho, teenage life, wilderness, forest, supernatural, death ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, year 1981
Place: new york
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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, it seems Jason Voorhees and his demented mother are in the past. Paul opens up a new camp close to the infamous site, ignoring warnings to stay away, and a sexually-charged group of ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, serial murder, murder, stalking, summer camp, crimes, mystery, crazy, psycho, psycho killer, maniac ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1984
Place: new jersey
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The First Deadly Sin (1980)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A serial killer is stalking New York. Inspector Edward X. Delaney is an NYPD detective, nearing retirement, who is trying to put together the pieces of the case. Are the victims somehow linked? What does the brutal method of death signify?
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terminal illness, serial killer, murder, law enforcement, life is a bitch, crimes, couple relations, police investigation, psychopath, murder investigation, mysterious villain, investigator ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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 5.4
 463
Warlock Moon (1973)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Young lovers John and Jenny decide to go for a drive in the countryside one day when they happen upon the remains of a long-abandoned resort spa. After doing some exploring, they find that an elderly couple is still living in the crumbling building. ...
Style: gothic horror, slasher, cult film, demonic
Plot: satanism, cannibal, ritual, old woman, spa, satanist, abandoned, ruins, marijuana, abandoned hotel, witchcraft, victim ...
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In Italy, the American writer Sam Dalmas witnesses an attempt of murder of the owner of an art gallery, a couple of days before his foreseen return to the United States of America. He decides to stay with his girlfriend Julia and help the police in ...
Style: disturbing, tense, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, stalking, psychopath, voyeurism, mind game, mystery killer, police detective, female killer, attempted murder, maniac, mystery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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Deadman Wonderland (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Death is the main attraction in Deadman Wonderland, from the studio that brought you Samurai Champloo and Ergo Proxy. Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He’s framed for the carnage, ...
Style: rough, twists and turns, serious, exciting, tense ...
Plot: prison, young heroes, life turned upside down, survival, uncover truth, contests and competitions, false accusation, future dystopia, frame up, supernatural, confined, society ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 3.3
 704
Circle (2010)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When remorseless killer James Bennett escapes from lockdown in a mental hospital, an FBI agent and a U.S. Marshal track the madman to his hometown, where he plans to slay a group of graduate students studying his case. But to catch their prey, the ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, mind game, crimes, riddles and clues, rivalry, youth, student life, race against time, female nudity, evil man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.3
 3K
The Method (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: The main character is an extraordinary and mysterious person, at the same time, he (Rodion Meglin) is an outstanding inspector. Rodion is used to work alone in order to keep the secrecy of his unusual method. Young graduate Esenya Steklova is ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspense, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: mental illness, investigation, murder, serial killer, psychosis, haunted by the past, crimes, brutality, human nature, uncover truth, good versus evil, love ...
Time: year 2015
Place: russia
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 5.1
 765
Junk (2006)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Marina (Alyona Babenko) is a journalist contemplating retiring, bored of writing stories of serial killers and murders that are front page news one day, and then are quickly forgotten the next. At a large house a lawyer is holed up, police are in ...
Plot: sociopath, pills, militia, vicious, criminal, countryside, lawlessness, motorcycle, ak 47, swashbuckler, cottage, goat ...
Place: moscow russia
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Scream Bloody Murder (1972)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken to a mental hospital where he's outfitted with a hook to replace his lost hand and, years later, he's eventually released from ...
Style: slasher, scary, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, oedipus complex, psychopath, mentally unstable, prostitute, hospital, murder, tractor, stepfather, dismemberment, sadistic psychopath ...
Time: 70s
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 3.6
 684
Reel Evil (2012)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Struggling filmmakers - Kennedy, Cory and James - finally catch the break they were looking for when they are hired to shoot a 'behind-the-scenes' documentary for a major studio production. But their dream job quickly turns into a ...
Style: scary, serious, tense, suspenseful, psychotronic
Plot: found footage, ghost, supernatural, escapades, hospital, artists and showbiz, filmmaking, filmmaker, doctor, nudity (full frontal - brief), confined, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 3.7
 788
Fright Fest (2018)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Blood runs rampant on Halloween night when a small towns' Fright Fest becomes real inside the walls of a long abandoned asylum.
Style: slasher, tense, suspenseful, rough, captivating ...
Plot: halloween, psychopath, serial killer, murder, survival, brutality, massacre, violence, criminally insane, coworker, haunted, haunted house ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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The Cat and the Canary (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: British remake of the classic comedy thriller play. A group of potential heirs gather in a forbidding old house to learn which of them will inherit a fortune. Later, they learn that a flesh-rending maniac is loose.
Style: semi serious, humorous, suspenseful, scary, psychotronic
Plot: murder, black cat, investigation, crimes, domestic disturbance, supernatural ability, ghost, mystery, master and servant, mysterious character, supernatural, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1934
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The Mad Dog Killer (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sadistic no-count killer Nanni Vitali and three other equally brutish hoodlums escape from prison. The foul foursome embark on a savage rape, murder, and robbery spree. Vitali even abducts and defiles frightened hapless lass Giuliana Caroli. ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heist, hostage, psychopath, gang, rape, escape, vengeance, vigilantism, prison, kidnapping, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 70s
Place: italy
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