Troubled Child

I recently read an online article about a 15 year old boy, Nehemiah Griego, who killed his whole family, including his parents and three siblings using a rifle in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also planned to randomly gun down Wal-Mart shoppers after killing his family. Honestly, I felt shivers down my spine. This news is similar to Michael Myers in the film Halloween.

Halloween is a slasher film about a psychopathic ten year old boy, Michael Myers, who murders a school bully, his older sister, his mother’s boyfriend and her sister’s boyfriend. He was convicted and sent to a criminal facility Smith’s under the care of child psychologist Dr. Samuel Loomis. The film is very brutal and bloody. A murderer child is very twisted and disturbing, not to mention the brutal way how Michael killed his victims. The beginning of the movie was very good, and then everything got too cheesy and unrealistic. The grown up Michael was so tall, powerful and almost immortal. He was like a zombie, which I found corny. Also, his return to Haddonfield to find his younger sister seemed just did not add up for me.

Nowadays, criminals are assessed on their life experiences: how they grew up. Odd behavior (such as killing animals, being anti social and detached, etc.), especially during childhood are used as predictors for categorizing and classifying people as normal or abnormal. Michael is considered to be a born cold-blooded monster because he had the perfect conditions to be a monster. Michael is a bullied boy who has a dysfunctional family. He had a promiscuous sister, a prostitute mother, and a drunkard stepfather. Sex, prostitution, and “fuck” were central themes of the movie. He was a loner who kills animals for pleasure.  He always wears a mask to hide his face. Also, there was something in him that was not right. The doctor said that behind Michael’s eyes one finds only blackness, the absence of light, these are of a psychopath. Hence, Michael was a naturally born monster.

Horror is a radical genre because it is political and socially subversive since it shows ideas and practices repressed in the society. We choose what aspects are to be dominant or to be repressed. It is morally wrong to commit murder. Halloween reflects people’s desire to kill. People usually do horrendous acts, such as murder, especially when they are angry. Humans have a tendency to hit someone or throw things to release their anger. I often see on news that the murderer was so consumed with evil that caused him to kill another person. In the beginning of the movie, Dr. Samuel Looms stated that “Inside every one of us, there exists a dark side. Most people rise above it, but some are consumed by it. Until there is nothing left, but pure evil.” The film somehow shows what people might do when they cannot repress themselves and do destructive acts.

Kids are supposed to be blessings, not demons. How can someone so innocent do such evil actions? 


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