Based on one of Oscar Wilde’s famous quotes is a common notion that life imitates art. Cinema indeed is one of the most proliferating art forms, with people seeking out something new with every movie they watch. Films are so much more than mere entertainment; they inspire us, make us cheer, cry, frown, laugh and evoke a ton of other feelings known to the human emotional spectrum.
A few of the movies though operate on a different plane altogether, and don’t really look to accomplish any of the abovementioned. Some of them also scare you, numb you, make you uncomfortable, or leave you feeling downright squirmish. But that’s a perceivably normal reaction when you watch such a film. What if, to a mind or two, these films actually seemed fascinating? There are but a few people who took the imitation too far, committing gruesome acts of violence in the process. Certainly not one of the ways filmmakers wanted to ‘inspire’ people. Here is a list of 10 such movies that directly or indirectly inspired horrible real life crimes.
WARNING: Possible Spoilers, and more importantly, some of the instances may contain gruesome details that are upsetting. I would advise personal discretion.
1. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
I do admit, Freddy Krueger scared the crap out of me the first time I saw ANOES. Never in your worst nightmares would you want a character like him anywhere near you. And then there’s this: Daniel Gonzalez was so enamoured with the character that he wanted to become him. Yes, you heard it right. A schizophrenic, the person fantasised about becoming a serial killer. In 2004, Gonzalez went on a killing spree, fueled by drugs, knived four people to death, and fatally injured two in a fashion similar to the antagonist of the ANOES series. He later wrote to himself how much he enjoyed those murders, and was later sentenced to life in prison, where he committed suicide in 2007. All sorts of disturbing, this is.
2. Natural Born Killers (1994)