Top 5 Movies that Inspired Real Crimes. This list is all about movies that inspired real crimes and murders. This sad list of course would not be complete without scream…
5. Project X
Because teens tend to emulate what they see on screen, parties with thousands of attendees were sprouting up all over America upon the release of this movie. Teens were also illegally entering abandoned buildings in hopes of throwing the biggest party of the year. The situation became so serious that Warner Bros. had to release a statement telling teenagers that it’s just a movie and so, basically… stop it.
4. The Town
A group of men in New York were able to commit over 60 copycat burglaries from various businesses in Brooklyn and Queens. You could say that the men involved, watched “The Town” like a how-to video, given that their techniques were direct copycats from the movie including cutting the power supply to the location, using bleach to destroy the DNA evidence, and wearing headlamps to see in the dark.
It was set up as a good source to learn how to commit a murder, and a number of copycat crimes arose following Scream’s release. In 2001, a 24-year old man named Thierry Jaradin was propositioning Belgian teenager Alison Cambier, and when she declined his advances, he put on the infamous Ghostface costume and stabbed her 30 times in the same manner that the movie’s first victim died in the opening scene. Jaradin stunned police as he admitted that he modeled the murder after the movie; he had no violent criminal history.
2. The Matrix
There is an actual legal term known as “The Matrix Defense” where lawyers will advocate that their clients believe they are in an alternate reality. In 2002, Tonda Lynn Ansley shot and killed her land lady. Ansley told police, "They commit a lot of crimes in The Matrix." Following her lead, Ansley's attorney reasoned that the "our world is just an illusion generated by our machine overlords" argument was bulletproof and used it as the cornerstone of an insanity defense…
1. Batman – The Dark Knight
On July 20, 2012, a mass shooting occurred inside of a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises. James Eagan Holmes, dressed in tactical clothing, set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others while screaming: “I am the Joker!”