In the 1980's and '90's Britain went Video Nasty crazy. The Video Recordings Act came in to force, banning several titles in its path. Good god, they even made a list. It, and the Obscene Publications Act, were there to protect us from depravity and corruption. But what of the people who actually made them? In most cases they had not committed a crime by, or during, making these films and yet they were considered so shocking they were unfit for human consumption. Maybe they're right. I mean, what kind of sicko thinks it's a good idea for a killer doll to go around terrorising children...
Child's Play 3 was one of the first scary films I ever watched. I must've been about 11 years old at the time but it did little more than make me sleep a little less easy that night. But then I'm hard. In 1993 the UK press went all out to blame the murder of a 3 year old boy by two 11 year olds on CP3; claiming the killing was similar to certain scenes in the film. Such an uproar was caused the distributors withdrew it from sale in the UK & Ireland until 2002. Watching it now it seems ridiculous and tame compared to many films of its type. But it was rated 18 for a reason.
About 2 years ago three people abducted a teenager and took him to the woods. They tied him to a tree and set him on fire, apparently inspired by the film Severance.
I can understand society being outraged by these crimes and more so if the films themselves in some way had hypnotised individuals in to committing them. But I just can't see how a well balanced person would, after watching a horror film, think "hey, what a great idea!" And then go out and do it. I watched horror films before I was old enough, and while I do not claim to be 100% balanced, at no point was I even tempted to reenact any of them. If the argument here is that horror films shouldn't be allowed then you will lose. If on the other hand you think before being allowed to watch them you should have your mental health evaluated then you're crazy, but would have a valid point.
"Don't you blame the movies! Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!"