This week I have been watching a marathon of classic and modern splatterhouse films, many of which caused a flood of controversy upon release (My Bloody Valentine, Halloween, Cannibal Holocaust, and Zombi to name a few). A major part of the controversy was the insinuation that the films inspired "copycat" crimes, Halloween in particular, and encouraged sadism and violence against women. I believe the detractors of these films are nuts. People commit violent crimes because they are sick in the head, not because of a movie. Now, the people who DO get inspired by these movies are mentally unstable and unable to tell fiction from reality, and that is a very small percentage.
What is your stance on the matter?
- No, I do not think there is a direct correlation between splatter films and real life violence.Vote A
- Yes, I do think there is a direct correlation between splatter films and real life violence.Vote B
Most Helpful Girl
This is much discussed. I studied psychology for a year and research has shown that there is no direct correlation between the two. And even if there was, correlation doesn't equal causation.
Also I love thrillers and violent video games but that doesn't mean I'm gonna go on a killing spree. I'm actually a very loving person and I rarely kill a fly and when I do I feel guilty haha.
I do believe that people who are already mentally disturbed can get ideas from watching violent movies and video games. There will always be disturbed people so banning violent tv won't change that. These people will get there ideas from somewhere else then.0
Most Helpful Guy
I think that people who commit atrocious crimes due to horror movies were already mentally unstable in the first place, and that it was only a matter of time before something set them off. This is evident by the fact that millions of people watch horror films but very few actually live them out in real life, the same with video games. I would say however that some of the more torture horror flicks of the 1970s may be a reflection of and/or reinforcement of the misogynistic attitudes in society at the time. But I'll shut up because that slight bit of feminism just made me throw up in my mouth a little.0