How meta can you get?
Just yesterday we were saying that Scream was based on scary real life events. The Gainesville Murders gave to Kevin Williamson the scope that he needed to create the movie. I guess that he never imagined that his script would inspire insane people to transform reality into a scary movie, Stab style…
This way, Scream was recently listed in a Bad Inspiration top five, compiled by FEAR net. Here is what they have to say about it:
Wes Craven's slasher satire has been blamed in a number of murders, if for no other reason than the killers wore the mask or the DVDs were found in the possessions of the criminal. In Los Angeles, a woman was killed by her son and her nephew. The boys claimed to have been inspired by Scream and Scream 2. They wanted to buy Ghostface costumes, but couldn't afford them. In England, a pair of teenagers stabbed their younger friend and left him to die. He was found by a passerby and survived the attack, testifying that he believed Scream was the inspiration for the attack. In France, a boy dressed as Ghostface killed his parents, while in Florida, a man shot a woman to death while wearing a Ghostface mask.
In my opinion, you can't justify horrible acts like these easily putting the blame on entertainment. People like those were born with violent tendencies and are so far away from reality, that they just needed a scapegoat – in this case, the movies – to lay their guilt on.
The movie already protects itself when Billy Loomis says "Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative" but several discussions took place as we can see on the amazing documentary Scream: The Inside Story.
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