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What a ‘Creep’ – Most Socially Awkward Psychopaths in Horror!

What a ‘Creep’ – Most Socially Awkward Psychopaths in Horror!

Patrick Brice‘s sequel to the unnerving and blackly comic Creep will be hitting digital platforms on October 24thCreep 2 once again follows the exploits of stage 5 clinger and all around socially inept psychotic played by Mark Duplass. This time around he takes on the pseudonym of Aaron (his victim’s name from the previous film) who is searching for a videographer to capture his story as an unknown serial killer on film. The lucky gal is Sara (Desiree Akhavan) who winds up in one awkward scenario after the other with the wildly eccentric murderer.

Duplass plays the “Creep” as that really uncomfortable dude who completely misses the social cues we all use to navigate the world. We’ve all known someone like this who stares a few seconds too long, makes wildly off-color remarks at the absolute wrong time, or seems to bare their soul without an ounce of shame or tact. It doesn’t seem too far fetched to believe Duplass bases the performance off of someone he’s known in the past. This helps make the killer from the Creep films stand out amongst the sea of typical “horror movie villains”. Most serial killers are depicted as suave, sophisticated sociopaths (Hannibal Lecter, Patrick Bateman) or over the top maniacal madmen. Off-kilter killers who remind us of the terribly awkward guy from work are more of a rare commodity in the horror world. Here’s a rundown of some of the most socially awkward psychos in horror history. I went with a list of 9 (in no particular order) to keep it as an “odd”number. Get it?! Yeah, lame.

May Canady – May (2002)


Lucky McKee’s May is one of my all time favorites. It’s also a seasonally appropriate tale that culminates with a bloody bout of trick or treating by the film’s main character, May. In the lead role, Angela Bettis turns in one of the greatest performances ever in horror cinema. She’s a loner who talks to herself…well, her doll, and she easily becomes obsessed with different “parts” of the people she meets. Whether it’s someone’s cool tattoo, their long neck, or handsome hands, May views the world and the people who inhabit it as “So many pretty parts and no pretty wholes.” Bettis manages to make May one psycho on the list who is ultimately as endearing as she is peculiar.

Billy Chapman – Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Silent NIght, Deadly Night - Billy

Who doesn’t love a strapping young fellow who can pull off a smock and still look dashing while doing so? The fact that he begins quivering in his boots and has a total meltdown at the site of a department store Santa Claus might be some cause for alarm, however. Billy Chapman has had a pretty rough life. He witnessed his parents get brutally slain by a scumbag dressed as the jolly fat man, grew up under the supervision of a nasty nun,  and now after the guy at work who normally dons the red suit and white beard calls in due to an ice skating accident, Billy is thrust into the spotlight. Needless to say, being afraid of Santa and actually dressing up as Santa don’t go hand in hand. Silent Night, Deadly Night is a holiday slasher that spends more time focused on the fragile-minded slasher himself than it does the victims.

Kenneth – Love Object

Love Object

We all want love. Surely at one time or another, we’ve even imagined what it might be like to build the perfect mate. In Love Object that’s exactly what Kenneth does. Only, his soulmate is made of rubber and only shows signs of life within Kenneth’s own twisted mind. Slowly, Kenneth begins dressing his sex doll up like the pretty girl at work, Lisa. Kenneth is an obvious creeper, nonetheless, the real Lisa actually manages to fall for the sweaty, shy bundle of neurosis. What follows is your typical love triangle between a pretty girl, a sociopath, and the over possessive murderous sex doll who loves him.

Dorine – Office Killer

Office Killer - Dorine

This should be news to no one, but Carol Kane is amazing. The quirky character actor has so seldom been given the chance to truly shine in a leading role. Office Killer thankfully gives her just such a vehicle. In the film she plays Dorine, an overly meek and mousy worker who is devastated when she is forced to start working from home due to downsizing. A true picture of loneliness, Dorine doesn’t know how to cope being secluded at home without further interaction with her co-workers even if they weren’t that nice to her to begin with. Easy fix, she just starts piling their corpses up in her basement.

Glen – Seed of Chucky

Seed of Chucky - Glen

A poor orphan who has no idea who his parents are and is forced to work with a sleazeball ventriloquist who keeps him locked up in a cage. It’s no wonder that Glen (or Glenda depending on the day) has no social graces. Throw in a sexual identity crisis, two feuding homicidal parents, the inability to hold his bladder under pressure, and Seed of Chucky presents us with one devilishly unassuming killer in the making. Perhaps Mancini can give us an update on Glen with the next Child’s Play installment.

Annie Wilkes – Misery

Misery, based on a novel by Stephen King, is likely the most successful adaptation of the writer’s work. Kathy Bates (an Academy Award winning performance) play Annie Wilkes, the biggest fan of author Paul Sheldon. His novels about the romantic adventures of Misery Chastain mean the world to Annie. When fate brings Paul to Annie’s door, she couldn’t be more excited for the chance to read Paul’s newest manuscript. At first, she is angered by the change in tone. After all, this is Paul’s attempt at serious literature. The profanity upsets her deeply…probably more than it would a normal person. Still, she’s helping nurse Paul back to health. She’s just an overeager fan, right? Just don’t dare to try and kill off her favorite character.

Carrie White – Carrie  

What makes Carrie such an endearing horror character is the fact that we’ve all felt like an outsider at times. No matter what your social status or upbringing, you’ve likely been on the tail end of someone’s cruel prank. If not, congrats on your blessed life. What makes things worse for Carrie White is her overbearing religious zealot of a mother. Carrie’s homelife has taught her to fear almost everything which makes her attempts to integrate herself with the cool kids all the more heartbreaking. No worries, though, it’s nothing a little bit of unhinged telekinesis can’t fix.

Angela – Sleepaway Camp

Sleepaway Camp - Angela

Angela is a…well, spoiler warning if you’ve never seen this classic 80’s camp slasher Sleepaway Camp. Angela is a boy. While likely not living as a trans woman by choice, her forced gender identity seems to fall upon the shoulders of eccentric Aunt Martha. It’s still unclear the specific blood relation Angela shares with her aunt and Cousin Ricky, but crystal clear is the fact that Angela is an easy target for the bullies at Camp Arawak. Shy, constantly hiding behind her cousin, and apparently afraid to speak a word, Angela has more than one secret she’s keeping from the kids at camp. Little do they know she’s also a psychotic murderer.

Marty – Slaughter High

Slaughter High - MartyPoor Marty. He picks the wrong April Fools Day to show up to school. Not only does he get pranked into thinking the hottest 30 year old in class (Caroline Monroe) wants to bang him, he ends up butt naked with his head dunked into a toilet. Of course, that would be bad enough, but Marty is the definition of “book smart but not street smart”. After the initial prank, the bullies can’t leave well enough alone. They end up supplying Marty with a faulty joint which leads to him nearly burning to death in a lab accident. Now, you might be thinking, “Why would he trust them and smoke the joint?” Marty just wants to fit in, I suppose. It’s no surprise that he ends up reaping overly complicated revenge on his tormentors many years later.

So, what have we learned today? Don’t pick on the weird kid, and if a girl seems overly fixated by just one part of your body – she’s liable to cut it off you. Enjoy Creep 2 now on VOD. And remember, not every killer is a smooth operator.



  • DukeStKing

    Francis Dolarhyde – Manhunter.

    • Tom Noonan is the stuff of nightmares.

      • DukeStKing

        He had a brief reunion with William Peterson on an episode of C.S.I..

  • dukeblues

    Patrick Bateman

  • Norman Bates, Donnie Darko, Part V Tommy Jarvis, Buffalo Bill.

  • cassycas

    Max from The Resident

  • Baron Von Marlon

    The Greasy Strangler!

    • Saturn

      • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

        The best movie.

  • Drool Bear

    Creep was really a boring movie. My roommate left the room after about 20 min. I only continued watching to see where this went and in the end, wasn’t that great. Why are people portrayed as such stupid imbeciles? Is that really how the rest of society is? Just was dumb on all parts. Just my opinion.

    • Saturn

      Everyone is entitled to their own opinion – which is cool – yours is wrong. Creep was fantastic – if your room-mate left after 20 minutes? More fool them.

      Of course I jest when I say your opinion was wrong.
      It wasn’t – it was yours.
      If it didn’t work for you? It’s cool – it didn’t work for you.
      For me though? Yeah, I dug it.

      I’m sure there are movies out there that you think are awesome, which I don’t. It’s cool.

      I’ll kill you on Halloween……………….

      (chortle – sorry dude, Creep has taken over my mind!)

    • That movie is an overrated garbage, boring and without a good plot.

  • Biscoito18

    Lola “princess” from “The Loved Ones”.

  • Biscoito18

    Angela Bettis also played a much more socially awkward Carrie in the 2002 TV movie (which I love!).

    • Saturn

      And of course she was also awesome in MAY.
      Great movie.

  • Frank Gambino

    Just watched creep 2. I liked it. Seemed short though.

  • Alanmac

    Enjoyed Creep 1 for the most part I guess. Excellent ending. Will most likely stream part 2 this weekend.

  • Dee’s mysterious sister

    The dude from Terror Train.


    Tony from Tony.

  • Travis_Bickle

    Stop Trying to Make Creep Happen!!!

    • Aren’t other people allowed to be excited for the movie even if you aren’t?

      • Travis_Bickle

        Oh no, Creep must be stopped. I feel compelled to warn people because of how awful and boring the first movie is.

        • Some of us enjoyed the first movie. Not everyone needs to (or does) share your opinion.

          • Travis_Bickle

            Not true. I rarely meet people who liked this movie, almost never. So for people who may watch it, i’d like to warn them, as I said.

          • Now I really want to see it.

          • Travis_Bickle

            I warned you…just remember that…

          • And as I said, not everyone shares your opinion on it. It’s not like you’re warning people off drinking drain cleaner. Why not let people make up their own minds, or are you under the assumption that you have a superior opinion to everyone else?

          • Travis_Bickle

            I’m saving people 90 minutes of boredom. I’m doing a public service really. Not everyone shares my opinion…except when it comes to this movie. As I said…I have yet to meet a person who enjoys these movies, which is what I am warning people of. I could give two shits if people go watch this trash, but they were warned.

          • Three people, in addition to me, right here, in this thread, don’t share your opinion. No, you have not technically “met” us (and I am thankful for that), but to say everyone shares your opinion about this movie is just bullshit. Good god, get over yourself.

          • Travis_Bickle

            You keep writing me JR. If you don’t want to be made to look stupid then stop writing me. I’ll just keep making you look dumb, I have spare time.

          • I’m sorry–you’re making me look stupid? You’re the one who apparently can’t read responses that are printed right here in the very same thread.

          • Travis_Bickle

            5 replies you weird scary stalker? God damn you are in love with me or something. Since you wrote me 5 fucking times, i’m only going to reply to this post, so that I don’t get spammed with more of your nonsense.

            You haven’t made any point. You are just pissed I hated on your favorite movie of all time. I have, at no point, told people what to do. I have simply warned them. You don’t seem to get that concept. I have said countless times it’s my opinion and that I don’t give a shit if people actually watch these god awful films. How do you not grasp that? You keep going back to “oh this guy is telling people how to think” That’s on you at this point. You can’t understand the extremely simple point i’m making.
            If people on here don’t like my posts, they are welcome to block me. We probably wouldn’t see eye to eye if they are going to cry about an OPINION. You however have just made yourself look dumber and dumber with each reply. Give up, you’ve lost. Good day sir.

          • You have the weirdest version of reality. I’m the stalker, when you’re actually following me into other discussions to bother me there as well. I don’t know if reality necessarily misses you, but you could try coming back to it and seeing if it might be willing to try again.

          • Travis_Bickle

            And you once again have no point to make. You can try and insult me all you want, it’s not going to work because I don’t give a rats ass what your opinion of me is. These forums are not huge peewee. It’s very easy to come across multiple posts from the same person. I didn’t write you 5 times in a row…like you did. So yes, you are a stalker, and you are obsessed with my posts.
            As I’ve asked in almost every post…what…is…your…point?????? I’m dying to hear it.

          • Dude, I respond to the responses you make. If you had five responses, it’s because you made five responses. I’ve stated my point. You’re just trolling right now. You either can’t see other posts because people have blocked you, or you’re willfully ignoring them because they contradict you. My original point, pure and simple, is you’re being a fucking dick when you say “Stop trying to make this happen.” That’s not about “warning” people. And going after every person who says anything positive about the movie is not “warning” people. I’m sorry you’re so starved for attention they you have to go whoring for it on a discussion board that, as you yourself say, is not a big deal. But since it ISN’T a big deal and since I apparently have no point, then why don’t you just freaking LET IT GO. You compulsively respond to every post I make, and you even followed me into a different forum to continue carrying on. If you actually can’t see that you’re guilty of everything you’re accusing me of, then you’re a very special kind of person. Take that as you want.

          • Travis_Bickle

            Have it your way. I’ll add you to the block list so you won’t need to deal with my posts ever again, and you can have your safe space with your favorite movie of all time. See you later homo!

          • My god, you’re really a study in hypocrisy. All your whining and complaining about how ll i have for you is “insults” with no point<" while you release flurry after flurry of name-calling and personal insults. I don't really need to worry about whether or not I'm "more of an intellectual" then you. You're pretty much proving to me that you're one person I never have to worry about feeling intellectually intimidated by. You apparently can't even read, and you're horrified at the idea that someone disagrees with you. So much so that you have to turn it into straight-out personal attacks on that person. I don't even really get what I've done that seems to have me so far up under your skin. Dude, it's a discussion board. If you don't want to discuss, I'm pretty sure you have a block button too. I don't tend to block people. Kind of defeats the point of a discussion. It seems, perhaps, like you think the number of people who block you is some sort of achievement, since you seem to keep begging in every response for me to do it. Am I supposed to be that intimidated by your typing skills or something?

          • Travis_Bickle

            Here comes the opinion police!!
            There is that ego again. I felt I should sink to your level being that you have been throwing insults at me the entire time. How does it feel? Yes, it’s a discussion board, and you attacked me over and over again. I had said repeatedly I wanted to warn people about a bad movie, no harm no foul. You couldn’t stand that somebody bad mouthed your favorite movie of all time. You continued to call me “special” and “that I needed medication” yet you are offended when I send the same shade back at you? What a fucking hypocrite. You need to turn that so called “higher intelligence” around and take a look at yourself peewee. You started this fight, not me. Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it.
            Real talk bro…go fuck yourself. You’re worthless, Stop writing me.

          • If I’m so worthless, then stop writing back. I simply was critical of your original statement, “Stop trying to make Creep happen,” which isn’t an opinion. It’s an order to someone. In post after post, you’ve insisted that not only do you not like the movie, but that nobody else does either, even when people have posted they like it.

            I have never accused you of being mentally handicapped. Potentially mentally ill, but that’s just based on the evidence at hand.

            I never said you weren’t entitled to your opinion. I never told you you should like the movie. I simply said you shouldn’t be telling other people what they need to think about the movie. You’re the one who’s been freaking out about it ever since. You’ve gone off to entire new places with this conversation that were completely your own.

          • Travis_Bickle

            So it’s ok to make fun of mentally ill people based upon your own prejudice? Wow…takes a road map to get there huh?

            The “Stop Trying To Make Creep Happen” line I use is a joke from the movie Mean Girls. The Regina George character says “Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen”…it’s a joke…not an order…not an instruction. Get over yourself….so I once again remind you…

            Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me…

            Is that clear enough??

          • I didn’t make fun of mentally ill people. I simply suggested you needed help. Which you’re not really convincing me of otherwise.

            If you want me to stop writing, then stop responding. You seem far more invested in this conversation than I am. I mean–hell, you even stalked me into a different thread to keep it going. If you want more control in your own life, then begin exercising some of it yourself.

          • Travis_Bickle

            You are just going to ignore that your “point” was based on a joke?
            Your “point” was moot and your ego won’t let you accept that. I’m sorry you still have nothing to say accept repeating the same thing over and over. When you actually made your “point” you fell flat on your face. End of story.

            I’ll let you get back to curb stomping black people and berating the mentally feeble.

            Go Fuck Yourself…Stop Writing Me….can’t be any clearer
            ╭∩╮( ͡° ل͟ ͡° )╭∩╮

          • Dear God you’re so out of touch with yourself. You’re the one that’s bullying anyone who doesn’t agree with your opinion. I don’t accuse you of mental illness because we have differing opinions. I accuse you of mental illness because you are obviously so horrendously worked up over a conversation on an internet board that you yourself claim is pointless. Apparently, according to this post, you’re now feeling the need to stalk my profile (like I’m going to put my life story on there for internet people–some of whom are pretty disturbed, case in point) so you can try to make a few swipes at me about how much better of a person you are.

            Because i like a movie you don’t.

            But you think that I’m the one that has some sort of issues.

            I hope you did follow through on blocking me, because Christ knows I am tired of hearing from you. Get therapy.

          • khail19

            My thoughts exactly to everyone calling out “overrated” things. If it disappointed you, then you do you, but if other people did, then let them be. Besides, celebrated films of the moment get replaced by another film soon.

        • Frank Gambino

          First movie was awesome. You seem like the Michael bay type movie goer.

          • Travis_Bickle

            How exactly did you come to that conclusion? Also…Creep is one of the worst horror movies i’ve ever seen it…you enjoying it displays your taste level

          • khail19

            Not much of a fan for Creep, but I get and admire what it did, and I’ll watch the sequel, too. Let people enjoy things.

          • Travis_Bickle


          • So….you have some sort of vested interest in controlling what other people see? Do I get to pick your viewing list too?

          • Travis_Bickle

            God you are fucking obsessed with my posts peewee. I am starting to think you worked on this movie or something because you are literally the only person to question my opinion on it.

            As I’ve continually said…I can not stop people from seeing this garbage movie…however, I feel I should warn them about my experience and the experiences of many others I’ve talked about this film. If you still don’t understand that, after I’ve said it several times, you never will. Perhaps the My Little Pony movie is more your style.

          • Literally three other people just in this thread that don’t agree with you. And as far as obsession goes, you’re responding back every time too. I’m sure there are movies you love that I think are utter shit. I don’t anticipate that I understand every other person’s taste, and I don’t hold the belief that you seem to have that my taste is superior to all others. You’re not “saving” anyone 90 minutes. You’re just internet trolling.

            And if you can’t understand what I’m saying, then perhaps you could benefit from a basic communication course. It not like we’re discussing higher thought processes or philosophy. “Some people like somethings and others don’t” is a concept most pre-schoolers have worked out.

          • Travis_Bickle

            You are really hung up on my posts peewee. You can simply ignore them, or block me but no…you can’t let it go. Fact Check: You are the only person to say anything to me about this worthless movie. The other person that commented on this thread said they didn’t like it. Odds are you didn’t read it because your head is shoved up your own ass. Everyone else has agreed. I’m sorry you don’t like being in the minority.
            You have no point to make, other then being mad i’m bad mouthing the movie you so desperately covet. You’ve resorted to questioning my intelligence because you have absolutely nothing to say. Next you will call me snowflake or ask how old I am.
            At least i’m trying to do some good by warning people about this trash. You serve no purpose other then providing me laughs.

          • I’m wondering if, perhaps, you’re not seeing the multiple posts in this very thread supporting the film because, with your stellar, sunny personality, those people have blocked you outright. They’re right there in pixels, on the screen–easy enough for me to see. Maybe these people got sick enough of your crap that you can’t see their posts anymore.

            I’m simply continuing the conversation. If you find that to be an obsession, then what, exactly would it be that you’re responding to every response I’ve made to you, and then felt the need to stalk me over to a different thread an continue complaining?

          • I’ve seen you on here enough to know you’re not a troll, but you’re really acting like one at the moment. “You enjoying it displays your taste level.” Not exactly a substantive argument. Your NOT enjoying it displays your taste level. See how easy that is?

          • Travis_Bickle

            Yes, and water is wet.

  • Justin Anthony

    Dr. Channard, Ray Pye (The Lost), Esther (Proxy), Dino Velvet, Carl (The Cell), and The Dad from The People Under the Stairs that guy is batshit crazy.

  • I Would add Ryan Reynolds as Jerry (and his animal friends) in The Voices.

    • James Allard

      Great call/movie.

  • Rohan

    Where is Norman Bates?

    • Daniel Pitt

      Second that. Norman Bates is the epitome of being socially awkward.

    • Saturn

      He’s taking a quick shower…..

  • Jeff

    Was hoping to see AnnaLynne McCord’s character Pauline from Excision here!

  • Carl Chrystan

    No mention of Frank Zito? Okay….

  • AdamX

    May was tremendous once I finally got to see it years ago.

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