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In wake of the recent tragedies in Aurora, Colorado were over 70 people were gunned down at a movie theater we decided to remind Hollywood why there is a need for good, family-friendly entertainment and not stylized violence, gore, sex and immorality in film. It is a fact that making evil “cool” can and will eventually lead an individual to detach himself or herself from reality, thus, making pain, sympathy, remorse, love and death relative.
Dark Knight (starring Christian Bale)
Alleged murderer James Holmes- guns down nearly 100 people in a movie theater. His cites his inspiration was the Joker in the previous film. It is believed he planned the killing for months and stockpiled arsenal. Before the slaying he booby trapped his apartment with explosives and before the movie he entered the movie theatre, dressed in full costume, sat near the exit then left got the gun and smoke cannister- when he returned he opened fire killing people ages 6-51.
Basketball Diaries (starring Leonardo DiCaprio)
Barry Loukaitis went to his classroom and killed 3 people. After committing the crime, he smiled quoted the line, “This sure beats the hell out of algebra, doesn’t it?
Natural Born Killers
This Oliver Stone film has inspired the most crimes. Not only known for its raw violence, the film was crafted after real life lovers who went on a violent killing spree shortly after meeting one another. Copycats include:
Worst: Sarah Edmonson and Benjamin Darrus, who saw the movie before to killing 2 people. Others: 14-year-old who dreamt of being as famous as the ‘Natural Born Killers’ characters. Nathan Martinez, killed his mother after he obsessed over the film, Angus Wallan and Kara Winn killed their roommate and Eric Tavulares killed a person while they watched the movie.
Inspired Martin Bryant diabolical doll, a serial killer in Australia, killed 35 people in 1996 who believed he was Chucky. Others include, a 10 year-old fan of the film who killed 2-year-old by stoning him to death. Another victim was burned alive while their killers chanted “I’m Chucky! Wanna play?”
This movie from 1965 tells the story of a butterfly collector with no social skills that kidnaps a young girl, hides her in the basement until her death. Twenty years later Leonard Lafe and Charles N construct a basement to kidnap 2 women who they wish to use as sexual slaves, but because things didn’t go as planned they killed them. After one of them committed suicide when they were caught, a diary was found detailing over 25 killings.
The Deer Hunter
The film features a Russian roulette game after being in the Vietnam jungle for months. A handful of individuals ranging from the U.S. to the Philippines have tried this game to deadly results. In 1980, a man was kidnapped and tortured just like the movie.
In this film, William Andres forces his victims to drink “Drank”, a drain cleaner, but when they didn’t die, he killed. In 1992, a copycat killer did the same thing as the characters of this movie and was sentenced to death in 1992.
The Matrix (starring Keanu Reeves)
Two young teens walk through their school armed with guns killing as many as possible. Another killer was a woman that claimed to live in the matrix and killed her house keeper.
A person wanted to replicate a violent scene of this film and threw gas on a subway window and lit it on fire, killing the person next to the window.
A Clockwork Orange
Released in 1971 the director of this film decided to pull it off the market, but in 1973 two 16-year-old kids imitated the violent film by beating a woman to death with a cane. A girl from Holland was killed by a gang while they sang Singing in the Rain, the same song tuned by one of the characters of the film.
Nathaniel White used the sequel to this film as inspiration of a series of assassinations. Including, killing a pregnant woman to which he stated that the first person he killed was exactly like in the movie.
A driver from Belgium killed his neighbor after the woman spurned his sexual advancements. He dressed as the titled ‘Scream’ character and stabbed her more than 30 times. In a separate case, 2 young kids stabbed a friend after the movie advised them to do so. The victim was abandoned in an empty lot but was found in time and survived.
This film inspired John Hinkley, to attempt to kill then President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Hinkley also developed an obsession for Jodie Foster.
Fueled hundreds of suicides. A couple of teenagers from Philadelphia laid in the middle of the road and were run over.
In this 2005 a lady, trying to be funny, poisoned her boss’ drink. The “funny” woman didn’t know that the substance she used was toxic.
Although we are not saying any of these films directed anyone to commit any crime, we are saying that when a mentally unstable individuals watches another mentally unstable person find peace, happiness, contenment, love and companionship in the arms of pure evil, perversion and wickedness they tend to lend themsellves to beleive that detaching themsevles even further from reality is the solution to their problems. This often times, prompts them to kill with little remorse, rape and murder with little thought to whether the victim be young or old. For this reason, we at Movie Scribes have a renewed resolve to educate every man, woman, boy, child, girl etc on what the underlying message is in most films. Understand that although you may walk away from a film- knowing that’s it not real and its just entertainment the person sitting right next to you may not make the same discovery and although you may think its not “your problem” it will be if that person is spraying bullets in a dimly lit theater, standing over your child as he or she sleeps, waiting for you to walk toward your car etc.
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