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Natural Born Killers (1994), R
CAP Score: 12, CAP ID: 7.46

Thomas A. Carder
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WARNING: I must tell you this up front. This report speaks to the ugliness, evil and vulgarity found in "Natural Born Killers." While there is no foul language in this report, it is impossible to be accurate with this movie without the report being intense. The bottom line: "Natural Born Killers" is a movie with all manner of corruptive influence right out of the smoking pits of Hell. I am most uncomfortable with giving you this report, but as much as I would like to ignore this and other extremes of the American culture I cannot. Paul didn't ignore the extremes in Corinth.

"Natural Born Killers" (R, 1994) - an unnatural and most vile production indeed. The central actress in this movie played the other sister in "The Other Sister" but in this movie she was NOT the sweet, humble, and wise young lady she was in "The Other Sister." Typically, R-rated movies require about four pages of recording logs to annotate all the ignominy. "Natural Born Killers" required 10, four more than even "The Basketball Diaries." Recall if you will that "The Basketball Diaries" (R, 1994) was a movie suspected of having an influence on the decision of a young student to shoot several classmates. "Natural Born Killers" was a movie reported by a newscaster from, I believe, ABC on April 21, 1999 as being a movie a pair of school shooters watched "over and over."

The theme of "Natural Born Killers" might be invisible to some. It might be subliminally faint to others. And it might be cloudy but visible to yet others. It was clear to me -- a predator/prey theme; a hunter/hunted theme; a theme in which there is always a victor and a loser, a survivor and a death. The numerous flash scenes fortified the theme very well. Many were of predatory animals and insects stalking or feeding on their prey. Also, flash scenes of copulation between animals and between insects gave credence to the predator/prey theme finding: an aggressor/submitter -- the same concept, just no deaths. Other flash scenes included Satan spitting up blood, gore, torture, killing, bloodied people, and of most evil beings. Satan and/or horned people flashed more than once into this movie from Hell. All flash scenes were of evil, hatred, brutality, murder, death or other most negative influence, or were scenes of contrast with these negativities -- always was negativity. A "nutshell" comment by the quintessential character, Mickey, was "It's just murder, man. All God's creatures do it." With that comment came a long discourse on his claims of the benefits, blessings, and positive elements of murder. Many scenes and sequences in the movie portrayed glorification and praise of the murdering duo.

The number "666" appeared more than once in this movie. Foul language, including God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and the most foul of foul words were as frequent as raindrops in a storm. Evil background music, some by Nine Inch Nails (I wonder why they chose "nine inch nails"), fortified the bizarre and horror properties of "Natural Born Killers." Murder by gunfire, knife, beating, and tire iron appeared at least 30 times: so many were of multiple victims so I must say the actual total is uncountable. The "Bonnie and Clyde" characters in the movie, Mickey and Mallory Knox, claimed to have killed 52 in three weeks.

Sexual vulgarities were as thick as tree sap. Nudity, sadomasochism, sensual dance, and vulgar sexual comments freckled the choreography like salt on popcorn. Sexual improprieties in the movie included dialogue between acting characters about child molestation, sexual abuse, and sexual desires for children. One instance of sexual vulgarities in "Natural Born Killers" included Mallory masturbating Mickey while sitting in a prison visitation area. Sexual bondage in sadomasochism was part of the corruptive properties of this movie.

This movie analysis will remain posted with the others on the opening screen for a while. After that, it will be buried in the archive, or trashed. I haven't decided yet. I will likely trash it unless someone can convince me it can/will be used to 1) serve our Lord's Perfect Will, or 2) assist in determining why kids kill kids.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Natural Born Killers (1994) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • Insect and animal death for shock value only
  • flash scene of bloody injuries
  • vicious attack
  • theft
  • gothic cartoon scene of evil
  • gunfire
  • hit in face and other body locations with tire iron
  • fighting
  • self mutilation
  • knife cut to girl's hand
  • gun battle with police
  • TV scenes of murder/fighting
  • kidnapping
  • street murder by gunfire
  • flash scene of stabbing
  • flash scene of knife at throat
  • flash scene of brutality
  • dead man in pool of blood
  • flash scene of gore and violent murder
  • flash scene of of dead animals
  • flash scene of predatory animals with their prey
  • flash scene of bloody brutality/gore
  • flash scene of evil and torture with blood/gore
  • flash scene of beheaded man still moving
  • sequence of a man dying from gunshot wounds
  • snake attacks
  • flash scene of mutilated humans seething about the two criminals
  • attempted murder
  • knife cut on girl's chest (seeing the cutting)
  • knife cuts to cops
  • police brutalizing a bad guy
  • bloody injuries
  • flash scene of rape
  • cops planning the murder of the bad guys
  • prison inmate attack on another inmate
  • TV scene of someone's head on fire
  • bloody decapitated man standing up
  • prison riot mayhem with murder, gore, rape
  • cartoon flashes of large character biting off the head of a smaller character (Looks like Felix, the Cat)
  • a tongue bit off by one being sexually assaulted
  • stabbing to the neck
  • hole shot into hand
  • several murder victims and assailants soaked in blood
  • mutilated ear
  • many flashes of Satan, gore, evil, horrors, famous killers and their victims and many more

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 229 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, 103 of them were the most foul word or expressions using the most foul word.
  • public urination
  • hate from a father toward his daughter
  • sexual desires of a father for his daughter
  • vile talk of a son discovering he is the son of his sister by his father
  • talk of "Daddy touching me"
  • daughter expressing joy at her father's murder
  • multiple sequences of people world-wide praising and glorifying the two murderers
  • male cop sniffing a female's underwear
  • general theme of arrogance against fair authority
  • a man hitting a woman
  • flash scenes of child abuse, hatred from the father, hatred from the mother
  • saying about murder "So I made a mistake."
  • threats by a cop to cut off the breasts of the female criminal
  • a female newscaster saying "Mickey's quite virile" and "He has a very large gun" with hunger in her eyes
  • promises of glory and world recognition by a "Springer" type of show host
  • trial crowd signs stating "Kill ME Mickey" and other glorification of criminals and criminal behavior
  • "It's just murder, man. All God's creatures do it"
  • long sequence of discourse about excusing murder with hate and demon possession
  • an insane discourse of lust for aberrant behavior
  • long discourse about the glory and greatness of killing and the "purity" of it
  • denial of accountability
  • footage of escaped criminals living a happy suburban life -- as if to say crime pays

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • inappropriate dress and inappropriate touch
  • sensual dance
  • sexual/vulgar comments, innuendo, talk
  • kick to the privates
  • sexual molestation of daughter by father
  • a girl masturbating her boyfriend (the two criminals) while in prison during open visitation
  • teen underwear and adult underwear
  • gaping mouth kissing and licking
  • flash scene of lions copulating and of insects copulating
  • female anatomy ghosting through clothing
  • female straddling the crotch of a man (both were in underwear(
  • partial nudity
  • bondage of sadomasochism
  • sexual intercourse (masked but obvious)
  • speaking of sex with two women at the same time
  • pelvic thrusts by a man at a woman's face while swinging a knife (both in underwear)
  • "teasing" of a sex partner with a knife at her throat
  • pelvic thrusts with expression of drooling/panting lust
  • offer of sex
  • porn talk during inappropriate touch
  • scenes of sexual intercourse and oral sex (clothed)
  • homosexual offer
  • vulgar dancing while straddling partner
  • cleavage
  • cartoon scene of oral sex
  • self touching
  • admission of sexual immorality
  • nudity in shower
  • man's mouth covering a woman's breast up close
  • a story of little Johnny watching his sister have sex while he masturbates
  • a cop taking sex with an inmate
  • sadomasochism
  • prison rape (fairly well hidden)
  • camera angle to focus viewer on female parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • at least seven instances of consumption of beer

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • "666" on a tabloid
  • tattoo of a Satanic symbol
  • claim of prophesy
  • evil background music, some by Nine Inch Nails (care to guess what is meant by "nine inch nails?")
  • Satanic makeup, jewelry, and clothing, also on an adolescent
  • flash scenes of an evil face and of evil things, Satanism, and goth
  • self-proclamation of godhood
  • evil cartoon sequence
  • flash scene of an unholy power of discernment
  • flash scenes of a multi-eyed creature with fur/hair
  • calling Charles Manson the "king"
  • grotesque deformation of human faces
  • "A moment of realization is worth a thousand prayers"
  • flash scene of a bloody Satan spitting up blood

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • at least one suicide and at least 30 murders -- due to the frequency of killing and the volume of people involved, 30 is quite likely much too low. The characters claimed to have killed 52 people in three weeks.

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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