CULT CRIMES, MASS SHOOTINGS & MEDIA MIND CONTROL: Natural Born Killers (1994)

Jay's Analysis

Shawn Helton
21st Century Wire

The 1994 cult film Natural Born Killers, is an examination of media manipulation, archetypal psychology and the violence embedded within American pop culture.

Although it’s been more than two decades since Natural Born Killers (NBK) first shocked viewers with its adrenaline fueled brutality, biting satire and darkly ironic media montages, the enigmatic picture’s overall depiction of the American media complex is just as effective today.

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‘CHAOS ROAD’ – Mickey and Mallory Knox are depraved icons in the twisted world of NBK. (Photo illustration: Shawn Helton)

On the film’s jarring surface, we see Micky (portrayed by Woody Harrelson) and Mallory Knox(Juliet Lewis) metaphorically reborn (from their violent past) as outlaw-lovers embarking on a psychopathic cross country murder spree – but as well come to find out, there’s much more to this psychologically challenging piece of cinema.

Over the years, NBK has seen comparisons to Hollywood crime classics such as…

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