Top 3 Movie Inspired Crimes
Movies are rated for many different reasons. Your parents were probably not letting you watch certain movies because of the violence and nudity in it, even though you always thought that they were overreacting. But the truth is, some movies are disturbing, while others can be really inspiring and not in a good way. Some people actually have committed crimes exactly the way they saw the crime in a movie they have seen. Some of the criminals identified themselves with the villains from the movies they were watching, while other thought that if they commit a certain crime they would attract the attention from their favorite celebrity. The final results were really horrible. The question remains – does the film industry really consider what sort of movies they are showing in this crazy world? Some people actually died because mentally unstable fans tried to copy their favorite characters.
#1. Man tried to kill the U.S president in order to get noticed by Jodie Foster
John Hinckley, Jr. was the man who was obsessed with Martin Scorcese’s 1976 film, Taxi Driver. Hinckley could have related himself to the taxi driver and was doing everythig to resemble like Bickle (played by Robert DeNiro). The character is a psychotic taxi driver who attempts an assassination on a presidential candidate to win a woman’s attention with whom he was previously unsuccessful. He never gets close enough to do anything and instead, focuses his attention on saving a young prostitute, played by Jodie Foster.
(In real life Hinckley followed Foster around the country for months and tried to contact her in various ways with no success. He then made a decision to kill the President in order to get her attention). Hinckley tried to look as much as possible as Bickle – from his preference for wearing army fatigue jackets to keeping a diary.
During the trial, prosecutors tried to show that Hinckley consciously attempted to copy the movie character, while the defense countered that he suffered from mental illness and had become the character. Surprisingly the man was found not guilty because he was mentally ill, but he was sent to St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatric Hospital in Washington D.C. for over 30 years. Recently he got permission from the doctors to go and visit his old mother for a bit longer time, because he no longer is dangerous for himself or other people.
#2. Clockwork Orange caused many violent crimes during its showing
In 1972, director Stanley Kubrick asked Warner Brothers to allow his movie, A Clockwork Orange, to be retracted from distribution in the UK because of series of crimes in connection to it (the film actually became more popular than the original book with the same name, where the author describes the UK in the future – the book was written in the 60s). The movie follows the violent exploits of teen troublemaker Alex DeLarge and his gang of Droogs. It was linked to several crimes such as killing of an elderly man by a 16-year-old boy modeled after a sequence in the film in which the Droogs attack a vagrant. Then, there was a rape of a 17-year-old Dutch girl by a gang chanting “Singin’ in the Rain” in an awful homage to the scene in which Alex and his Droogs break into a home and did the same thing. The beating of a younger child by a 16-year-old boy wearing the Droogs’ “uniform”– white overalls, a black bowler hat and combat boots was third in the series of many crimes that happened after the movie theatrical release. It was said that the family of the director and the director himself got death threats which made him ask his movie to be banned from the cinemas. The movie was banned for a total of 27 years, but was made available in the U.K. after the death of Kubrick in 1999.
#3. Mass murderer who got inspired from the Joker from Batman
James Holmes had an obsession with Batman and it was nothing weird about that because a lot of people love commic books and movies about the Dark Knight. Red flags were raised about his mental health a few weeks before he walked in a Colorado theater where The Dark Night Rises was showing. He had Joker makeup and nobody even knew that he wasn’t joking, but then he shot into the audience with multiple firearm, killed 12 people and injured 70. When police searched his apartment, they found Batman paraphernalia (including a mask of the superhero), among the 30 improvised grenades attached to trip wires. Also, there were 10 gallons of gasoline in his place. In 2012, Holmes allegedly contacted MTV host “Diggity” Dave Aragon several weeks before the shootings. Aragon claims the killer became obsessed with a four-minute trailer for a low-budget movie called Suffocator of Sins (a Batman spoof) he posted on YouTube. He said that Holmes watched it a hundred times and wanted to know, how many people have Batman killed, whether he was killing selected or random people. It was also reported that he identified himself as the Joker to police when he was taken into custody and dyed his hair red in an apparent attempt to imitate the villain.