Dreams About Being Chased by a Killer

By on July 21, 2018

Dreaming that you are being chased by a killer can be one of THEE most horrifying nightmares imaginable; and get this: having a dream about being chased is one of the most common dreams that people have. Sucks, right?

 Dreams about being chased by a killer

Yes, it’s true that being chased makes our hearts pound out of our chest and leave us with a fright the moment we open our eyes. But that doesn’t mean it’s all bad, in fact, these nightmares have some serious meanings behind them that we need to look into instead of brushing them off as another ‘bad dream’.

You’re Struggling From a Real Life Situation

Some people go through some horrendous things in life, and having a dream that you are being chased can simply be your brain remembering the horrible experience; especially if you have been chased by an actual bad person before, or have been stalked by someone scary, or simply been through another bad situation in which you felt afraid- just like you did in your nightmare.

If you’re having bad dreams in relation to an actual real life event, you may want to seek help so these dreams do not continue and you can get rid of some of that pent up fear and PTSD.

Being Chased By a Human

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Believe it or not, dreams of being chased and the meanings behind it actually change depending on what is chasing you. If you dreamed that you are being chased by a human, pay attention to who the person is. Is it someone you are afraid of or weary of? Is it someone you are jealous of? Is it someone you are in love with, but don’t want to be? Pay close attention to the person that is chasing you. If you can figure out the person, you can understand why it is happening.

On the other hand, if you could not see the actual person that was chasing you, it could be a sign that you’re running away from real life situations or emotions. Perhaps you are scared and running from a problem in your life, such as a big paper due at the end of the week. You may also be running away from feelings, whether it’s something sweet yet scary like love or something more intense like hatred or jealousy.

Again, pay close attention to your dream and what’s happening in your own life. Having a dream of being chased may mean you’re running from something, someone, or some emotion you need to overcome.

Being Chased By an Animal

Animals can be killers too, especially if you’re dreaming about larger-than-life animals or ones that have giant teeth, such as a lion, shark, or gorilla. However, the most common reason why you may have a dream about a killer animal chasing you is because you have some sort of pent of aggression that you are not handling in your real life.

After having a frightening dream such as this, you need to assess the situations in your life and how you are reacting to them. This dream should show you that you need to release your anger and move forward in life.

How to Stop Having These Nightmares

The only way to truly stop these nightmares is to understand what (or who) you are running from and handle the situation properly. Sometimes it can be a simple fix while other times it may take more work, but in the end you will feel better both in and out of your dreams.


The next time you wake up with your heart pounding out of your chest and your breath panting and wheezing from fear from your dream of being chased by a killer, understand why you are having the dream and go on from there. While sometimes we are just nervous worry warts that have a bad dream because we believe it’s something that could truly happen, other times it is a representation that we are running from something and need to handle the situation for inner peace.

Have you ever had a dream where you were being chased by a killer? What happened in your dream and what do you think it meant?


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    March 23, 2020 at 8:05 am

    I had a dream that there was a mass killing going on. It was admit the whole corona virus thing going on now I’m waking life, I haven’t been out of the house for over a week now, but I’m the dream, I went shopping with my mom because we heard one of our stores had restocked. While shopping, we hear shooting.I was suddenly with a girl I barely knew, but we seemed like really good friends in that dream.(I’m a girl too) and we were randomly asked if we wanted to do a beauty pageant and we agreed. We started preparing for the pageant, and I was doing makeup (which I don’t wear in waking life because I don’t know how to )but it was ruined by the killing. People dressed in camouflage were with guns wiping out every living human being in site. I saw the faces of one of the people and it looked like a celebrity I know but have never met. It looked like a stadium sitting arrangement they were using guns and machetes. Seemed like they had been sent to kill everyone but I didn’t know who sent them. I and my friend we’re running endlessly from the killers. I tried to play dead many times, missed the bullets and everything because I kept outrunning them. The chase was extremely scary. Suddenly, everything was over. It seemed like a lot of people had died, I remember not seeing my friend anymore, many lost their jobs, and everything was crazy and sad, but The killing was over. I remember thinking to my self “ I made it, I survived” and I saw a few men who looked like government officials in business attire were having what looked like a meeting at the bottom of the stadium-like setting .. I woke up with a pounding in my heart. Sorry for any mistakes . I’m writing this about 30 minutes after waking up

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      web admin

      March 23, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      This dream seems to be related to various concerns and worries that you have in your life. You are aware of the coronavirus and the lack of serious measures that are being taken at this time. The killers could be manifestations of other stresses that you may dealing with. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whatever concerns that you may have with them within in the dream. This will reduce similar dreams from appearing in the future.

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    Chrissy Evans

    March 17, 2020 at 7:43 am

    I’m so tired and getting scared in my dreams faceless teams of men Chase to kill me. I run out smart them but they find me. I even get stabbed but keep running. It’s always a place I never seen before and somehow I always feel they are working for someone like a boss . I don’t work , I have Lupus so I stopped working as a nurse years ago. But why do these men what to kill me. They never speak. Even I ask they don’t answer. I wake up heart pounding with a nose bleed at least 2 times a week for the last 2 years. Help !!! 🙏🏼I can’t take it anymore 🥺

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      March 19, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      These men could represent your fears in life, and your concerns that dangerous situations or negative events could overwhelm you. You may also be having this dream because you feel like your life has already become out of your control and you are being propelled along instead of sitting in the driver’s seat.

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    Heather Greenway

    March 14, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Hi I’m my dream I return home to find my car is moved and open (star agent this is not the same as my actual car it’s the same colour but completely different car….not for the better) I message my moms ex husband who tells me he can’t come and help and then I’m being chased by a man I can see him and can remember some of his features but don’t recognise him. As he’s chasing me I trick him into lunging at me and step to the side so he falls. I then stand over him and hit him I’m the head with pliers that are on the ground but when I do his face is completely changed after that I start running towards the top of my road and message a load of people for help then I wake up…. really shook me when I woke up

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      web admin

      March 15, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      Dreams about being chased are often indications of concerns or worries that you may have in your life. It is possible that the behaviors of your mother’s ex husband may have influenced this dream. If he treated you well, then he simply may have been a placeholder for someone else. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address your concerns with whoever appears, as this will help reduce similar dreams from appearing.

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    March 13, 2020 at 12:47 am

    I woke from a semi scary dream. I was getting chased around by a bunch of killers with 2 other kids I didn’t know but in the dream I knew them. So we’re running and every time they got to a door they would see a killer inside it and run away but I would never see them then finally they ran towards a door and saw another killer and ran away but this time a killer actually came out it was a man in a gorilla suit and he pulled out a gun and just rawred at me and he scared me so bad I gave up and just started crying and he had me by the hand and was about to shoot me but I kept moving the gun away from me and the whole time he is laughing at me struggle then I started waking up and kinda realizing it was a dream so then some weird stuff happened but right after the weird stuff a explosion from a tiny bomb blew up and killed everyone and took the lower half of my body and the leader of the killers came up to me and was about to kill me off with a bat (idk what he looked like) but the back draft of the explosion caught me and him and we died but I remember being alive while getting caught up in it.

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      web admin

      March 13, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      The dream seems to show a fear that unknown people or influences will have a negative effect on your life, and you don’t feel like there is anything you can do to stop them. The fact that you end up getting injured and killed in the dream seems to show that you feel like whatever the negative problems are in your real life, they could lead to major harm in some physical, mental, social or emotional way.

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    February 11, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    I been having dreams of it might sound funny but michael meyers trying to get me . In the dreams he is there but hasn’t killed me yet. But i feel so neevous and sick in the dream he trys to walk in the house and hide but doesn’t get me or kill me . Its super scary when i wake up. I haven’t watched a Halloween movie in a long time . And to be honest i am not scared of him cus i am a bug fan of the movie. Any suggestions

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      web admin

      February 11, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      The dream seems to show some kind of fear that a familiar person or influence in your life could cause you harm. The dream only shows what is going on in your subconscious mind, so it is unlikely that anything like this will actually end up happening in your life.

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      February 27, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      I have dreamed about a guy with a girl but the girl is stopping the guy from killing. It started when we were on school trip then he started killing everyone except me everyone was running around the whole site ofcourse I ran too but he followed us and continued killing and I decided to kill him sneakily to end it but the girl said it might open up some more dangers as a result of the killing

      Please help what does it mean?

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        web admin

        February 27, 2020 at 7:53 pm

        Perhaps you feel as if there is someone or something that poses a threat in your life. Because of this, you may feel like you need to take action to eliminate the threat. A part of your subconscious may feel like this would only make the situation worse and open up a can of worms, which is why the girl tries to stop you from killing him in the dream.

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    Mental Illness Human

    January 8, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    In my dreams, I’m getting chased by a demonic like creature, and always it kills me at the end, but it doesn’t feel like a nightmare. My friend told me something about a mental illness for this or something, I’m not sure.

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      web admin

      January 9, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Having a dream like this doesn’t mean that you have a mental illness. Most likely, it just means that you fear some outside or uncontrollable influence that could cause you harm. The running away and dying probably means you feel unable to confront and overcome this problem in your waking life.

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    November 23, 2019 at 2:42 am

    I had a dream : while i was eating at work, i was located by a known dangerous person in my dream(but someone unknown to me in real life). His name was Brandon and everyone was saying prior to this “Brandon is dangerous”. So when he sat next to me at lunch, i felt scared but decided to be friendly with him, though i wasn’t sure why he would sit next to me. He was friendly at first then he started asking me questions like “are your friends here today” (a tall boy and a girl, not known to me in real life) and fool me replied “no they didn’t come today”, and then he started acting weird like he had his own meal but he grabbed mine and he put it in a bag, and he grabbed his and did the same and he started staring at me with a smile. I didn’t know what to do and “Brandon is dangerous” kept playing in my head. I said i have to go to the toilet and once there i started looking for my work supervisor and as i just found her she was with other people and i was about to tell her but i saw brandon was looking for me. I got scared and started running, and when i looked back he was there a little far behind me, saw me and started running after me. He was getting more and more closer to me, because he was fast, when i woke up.
    When i got back to sleep i was at home safe and i informed my parents about it. The next day at work, my 2 friends(tall boy and a girl) were here and i saw Brandon looking for me with his eyes. But i run towards my 2 friends and hugged them saying i missed you and started talking with them to avoid Brandon coming closer to me. He didn’t approch me the whole day because i was glued to these 2 friends. But at night,when we finished work, my 2 friends were already gone and i started walking towards home really afraid. I saw Brandon hiding in a corner of the eye and at that moment i saw mother was there waiting for me to walk home with me. I got home safely and it all changed to another dream not related to this topic.
    This dream was really scary and i could see clearly the face of Brandon but i don’t recognise him at all in real life.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 4, 2020 at 12:29 am

      This dream is a reflection of stresses that you are navigating in your life. It seems that you should take this time to look inward and navigate your feelings. If you have a similar dream in the future, then address your concerns with him inside of the dream, as this will reduce similar dreams from manifesting in the future.

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    November 11, 2019 at 5:30 am

    I comprehend dreams differently and I have a lot of strange ones so try to bear with me. I’m curious to know what this one means because though it was strange, it was vivid. Recently I had a dream about being chased by a serial killer. I saw the face really clearly and it wasn’t someone I knew, then again I work a retail job so I see a lot of different names and faces on a daily basis. The killer was an alcoholic and before he would go out on a murder spree. He’d always drink vodka out of a crystal skull, and the way he got those crystal skulls full of liquor was that he’d stand and wait for people to leave the liquor store and brutally stab them and take their bottles which always was shaped like a skull. At first he had me hostage for a bit and had me working as his servant until his next spree so I had to get him his alcohol and tell him when people were leaving the store and if I didn’t then I would die. He then got a really good bottle of liquor and asked me not to give it to him because he wanted to save it for afterwards like a victory drink and that was after letting me out so he could hunt me down. That ticked me off more than it scared me so I opened the window and tossed that crystal skull out the window and ran down past him into what looked like a mall food court. He kept screaming and screaming for me to bring him his drink but I kept running yelling back that there was none. He then started chasing me screaming at me for being incipient and went into detail about how he wanted to fillet me open. When I was running I saw a restaurant table but didn’t hide underneath it so I ran down these dark stairs to what looked like a factory. The killer chased me there and I looked around for a place to hide because it was so pitch black inside. I found a broken machine and decide to crawl under it but the machine recently overheated so I ended up burning myself on the hot metal. But that entire time he was down there with me humming soft nursery rhymes and his boots echoed across the floor getting closer. The burn I got was what woke me up but in all honesty I wasn’t really that scared of the killer. If anything the dream felt more aggravating than it did scary.

    • web admin

      web admin

      February 12, 2020 at 10:57 am

      Dreams of being chased or attacked are manifestations of concerns or worries that you may be dealing with in your life. Alcohol seemed to be important in this dream, and this may be impacting your life. If you have similar dreams in the future, then you should address whoever is chasing you regarding their purpose. This will reduce similar dreams from appearing in the future.

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    October 25, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I had a dream where evil versions of my childhood favorite cartoon charectors were chasing me around a green field trying to kill me. As when they got close enough for me see their face, I woke up. What does this mean??

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      web admin

      March 15, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      Dreams about being chased are reflections of concerns or worries that you may have in your life. The appearance of the cartoons could be a sign of your memories as a child. Allow the negative aspects of this dream. If you have similar experiences in the future, then address whoever or whatever I chasing you within the dream regarding their purpose. This will reduce similar dreams from manifesting in the future.

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    Paula Polis

    October 11, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I dream a whole story but the bottom line is I am always bidding as to not let them( there is always more then one) get me. This last one they wore black robes and masks when they killed. I was always just out of their reach. I jumped out of bed when I heard the word ouch twice in my ear that was scary. Do I am now sitting on the couch freaked out.

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 1, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Dreams about being chased or attacked are often manifestations of fears that you may be navigating in your life. If you have similar dreams in the future, then speak with whoever is attacking you regarding their purpose.

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    October 11, 2019 at 3:45 am

    I woke up from a dream just a few minutes ago and it was so scary that I had to immediately search for a meaning. I was with one of my trusted friends and a few others that I vaguely knew. I was driving, and had to clean out my car. The visibility that night was garbage, so it was already stressful trying to drive in the dream. I pulled into a gas station right across the street from my work to clean out the car. The Joker from the new movie (which I haven’t seen) came up to me and my friends and started talking to us and scaring the ever loving shhhh out of us. I kept arguing and arguing with him and he was just being creepy and wouldn’t leave us alone. He never touched us, but I felt just as violated. As I was leaving, my tires spun out and it splashed him. Cut to a few minutes later, I didn’t have my friends in the car anymore, and I couldn’t see Joker anymore, so I went to work like normal. The second I stepped out of the car, he was there. Then he started to chase me, so I ran inside the building. I work in a restaurant and you have to come in through the kitchen, and I ran through, then I see my boss and I’m in hysterics crying and then the Joker just saunters through the door like its no big deal. Then my boss sits him down and talks to him, then tells him to leave. I try to walk around them so that I can just get to work and do my job, and as I’m finally working, he is leaving, but grabs the hem of my skirt and pulls on it as he is walking out. I start crying even more and I try to go back to my boyfriend (who also works there) but I can’t reach him. Then I wake up in tears.

    • web admin

      web admin

      March 1, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      Dreams about being chased and attacked are indications of your concerns or worries that you may be navigating in your life. It is possible that your social relationships or career have influenced your dream. Take this time to determine if there is anything in your life that you need to address. If you have similar dreams in the future, then address whoever appears in your dream regarding their purpose.