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Top 10 films to have driven men, women and children to murder August 17, 2011

Posted by Daniel Stephens in : Uncategorized , trackback

A debate has raged for many years about violence in the media having an adverse influence on society, leading in some cases to very disturbing crimes. The debate was writ large in 1993 after the murder of James Bulger in Liverpool, England. The two killers, both just ten years of age, had allegedly watched Child’s Play 3 and then re-enacted scenes from the film in the abduction, torture and killing of their two-year-old victim. It marked a period of hysteria that harked back to the UK’s Video Recordings Act of 1984 when the “Video Nasty” – a term coined a couple of years earlier by Mary Whitehouse for films deemed unsuitable for audience consumption – welcomed a host of films into its seedy underbelly that were consequently banned in the country. [Click here to read the top 10]

What are your thoughts on cinema violence influencing people to commit crime? Do you think films can be blamed for instigating crime? Head on over to the “ten films that drove people to commit murder” and air your views.

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