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8 Horror Movies That Inspired Real-Life Crimes
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Posted on 11/08/2011 7:12:58 PM PST by DogByte6RER

8 Horror Movies That Inspired Real-Life Crimes

Horror movies are meant to entertain and excite audiences, but by no means are they intended to be taken off the screen and acted out in real life. In some rare cases, horror movies give mentally ill people creative, yet twisted ideas that they feel compelled to repeat. Here are eight horror movies that inspired real-life crimes:


Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers has inspired some of the most gruesome copycat killings in history. The film has been associated with several serial killers, including the homicidal couple Sarah Edmonson and Benjamin Darras. In 1995, the murderous duo dropped LSD and watched Natural Born Killers repeatedly before going on a drug-fueled crime spree of robbing and shooting a convenience store clerk that left her a quadriplegic. During the crime spree, Darras shot and killed a Mississippi businessman. Edmonson was sentenced to 35 years in prison and Darras is doing life.



Wes Craven’s slasher movie series Scream was the inspiration behind the murder of Gina Castillo by her 16-year-old son and his 15-year-old cousin, Samuel Ramirez. The two teenagers confessed to the gruesome murder of Castillo and admitted that they did it because they needed money to fund a murder spree that would reenact the story line of the first two Hollywood Scream movies. In order to follow the Scream story line, the teenage boys planned to buy the ghost-face mask and electronic voice boxes that are seen in the movie.


A Clockwork Orange

Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange has been the inspiration for many twisted real-life crimes, specifically throughout Britain. The crimes have exhibited similarities with the film, but one of the most bizarre cases involved a man named John Ricketts who was dressed up as a droog from A Clockwork Orange and assaulted a woman dressed as Little Britain‘s Vicky Pollard at an office party. The violent movie was banned from UK cinemas because of the increase in violent crimes following its release.


Queen of the Damned

In 2002, Allan Menzies murdered his longtime friend, Thomas McKendrick, because he claimed a character in the vampire movie, Queen of the Damned, told him to do it and promised to make him a vampire in the next life. After watching the film about 100 times and receiving a visit from the female vampire Akasha in the middle of the night, he decided to murder people. Menzies also believed that McKendrick and another friend were plotting to kill him, but he turned on McKendrick first. Menzies stabbed his friend to death, drank his blood, and ate part of his head before burying him in a shallow grave. The "vampire killer" was later found dead in his prison cell from an apparent suicide.


Child’s Play 3

Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were 10 years old when they kidnapped and brutally murdered two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool. In 1993, Thompson and Venables snatched the toddler from a shopping mall and took him to a railway line where they beat and sexually assaulted the young boy. They left Bulger’s mutilated body on the railway tracks to die. Thompson and Venables were supposedly inspired by the horror film Child’s Play 3. The killer doll movies caused a great deal of controversy in the United Kingdom, as well as a public outcry for tightening "video nasties."


American Psycho

In 2004, Michael Hernandez, 14, stabbed his middle school classmate to death and admitted to modeling his behavior after the serial killers in American Psycho and The Silence of the Lambs. The South Florida teen said he identified with the horror movie murderers and wanted to act out their roles in his real-life plan to become a serial killer. Hernandez believed God gave him special powers and agreed with his decision to kill his classmate. The teen boy was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2008.


Nightmare on Elm Street

The famous ’80s horror film, Nightmare on Elm Street, was the inspiration for Daniel Gonzalez’s killing spree. In 2004, the paranoid schizophrenic went on a drug-fueled rampage and murdered four random people, including a doctor and his wife. Gonzalez armed himself with several knives and acted out a Freddy Krueger-like spree. Official reports claimed that Gonzalez did not receive proper treatment for his mental condition. He was given six life sentences for the four murders, as well as two attempted murders throughout England. In 2007, Gonzalez committed suicide in his cell.



The Saw horror movie series was the inspiration behind a cruel prank that turned into a serious matter for two teenage girls in Winchester, Tenn. The teenagers used the Saw plot of making victims play games to stay alive by leaving a gruesome message on 52-year-old Beverly Dickson’s phone. They told Dickson that one of her friends was hidden in her house and it would be filled with toxic gas shortly. They asked if she wanted to live or die. Dickson got the message while attending a funeral and suffered a stroke from the frightening incident. The two 13-year-olds responsible for the prank call were charged with phone harassment.

TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cinema; copycat; crime; culturalpollution
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1 posted on 11/08/2011 7:13:04 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

This cannot be true because I have read that the media does not impact culture, it is the other way around.

2 posted on 11/08/2011 7:16:20 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: DogByte6RER


Obama Oath-Taking Coverage 2009

3 posted on 11/08/2011 7:17:09 PM PST by max americana (CAIN 2012)
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To: DogByte6RER

So much for personal responsibility then...

4 posted on 11/08/2011 7:17:20 PM PST by Borges
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To: DogByte6RER

taxi driver

5 posted on 11/08/2011 7:17:37 PM PST by jjw
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To: jjw

taxi driver was itself loosely based on the Arthur Bremer case.

6 posted on 11/08/2011 7:20:18 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

interesting, had no clue.

7 posted on 11/08/2011 7:22:30 PM PST by jjw
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To: DogByte6RER

How many murders have been inspired by cable television’s obsession with real serial killers?

8 posted on 11/08/2011 7:26:58 PM PST by a fool in paradise ('Are now or have you ever been a member of the tea party?' is NOT a legitimate debate question.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Which horror movies inspired the 40+ million infant murders since Roe v. Wade?

9 posted on 11/08/2011 7:29:58 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops. -- Mortimer Brewster)
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To: DogByte6RER
The against-traffic car chase in To Live and Die in L.A. has inspired several individuals who felt themselves unduly hindered -- in most cases by law-enforcement personnel -- in the completion of personal errands around the highways and byways of the City of Angels.

In most cases, the attempt to reverse the normal flow of traffic on major freeways didn't end nearly as well for them as it did for Chance and John in the very exciting movie.

10 posted on 11/08/2011 7:30:34 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: DogByte6RER

For the most part, it looks like deranged people got their inspiration for how they would commit their crimes from watching the movies. They were not normal people who suddenly became psychopathic killers because of the movies.

The only exception to that would be the last one. The girls do not seem to have had the maturity to consider the possible consequences of their action, or to think about how they would like to be on the receiving end of such action.

11 posted on 11/08/2011 7:31:45 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I love horror movies, I have been watching them since I was a teenager, starting with the Sleep Away Camp movies. Couldn’t you make the same analogy about movies with ordinary crimes (bank robbery, etc.). I’m sure it’s possible, but I don’t think horror movies are the only ones with violence that’s emulated in the public.


12 posted on 11/08/2011 7:45:11 PM PST by gardencatz (I'm lucky enough to live, walk & breathe among heroes! I am the mother of a US Marine!)
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While maybe not as clear-cut as some of the above, the film “Basketball Diaries” is said to have influenced 14 year old Barry Loukitis to kill two classmates and his teacher.
13 posted on 11/08/2011 7:46:49 PM PST by apocalypto
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I definitely think it is wrong to let minors watch these things.

14 posted on 11/08/2011 8:30:05 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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While not a horror film the movie Magnum Force (C Eastwoo/D Harry) help inspire the HiFi murders out in Utah in the 70’s. The perps were 3 airmen who had seen the movie at the base theater the week before. I was stationed there (Hill AFB) when the murders occurred. The copied the drano scene from the beginning of the movie.

15 posted on 11/08/2011 8:59:48 PM PST by Leto
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To: Steely Tom

That’s a great flick. I just watched it again (recently) ... BTW ... Dafoe’s character did not inspire me to use photographic equipment and laundry machines to make fake money.

16 posted on 11/09/2011 7:19:46 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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