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Natural Born Killers (1994)

 





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Natural Born Killers (1994)

In Oliver Stone's visually-riveting (MTV-style and color-switching), controversial and brutal film about two serial killer-lovers, obsession and media sensationalism (from a Quentin Tarantino original script) - it was portrayed with an eclectic style mix of film styles (of 35mm, Super-8, animation, and back projection), including a fast MTV-style with color-switching, skewed camera angles, quick-cut editing, a loud rock soundtrack, some animation, and various special effects:

  • the film's introductory pre-title credits sequence set in a New Mexico diner that introduced two white-trash, serial killers-outlaws-lovers: Mallory Knox (Juliette Lewis), who was dancing sexily to jukebox music, while Mickey (Woody Harrelson) was eating pie at the counter and reading an Albuquerque newspaper about their recent murders: (MICKEY AND MALLORY KILL SIX TEENS DURING SLUMBER PARTY); when Mallory was sexually-harrassed by one of the redneck customers, and she taunted him: "Are you flirting with me?...You want a piece of me?" - she punched him until he was senseless and then danced on his body ("You made my s--t list") before breaking his neck; at the counter, the man's buddy was also sliced up by Mickey with a large bowie knife; even the cook and waitress were murdered as well as a third man outside, but the killers let one customer survive to tell their story: "When they ask you who did this, you tell them 'Mickey and Mallory Knox did it'"
  • the two then fled into the desert - it was the start of their violent, cross-country (Route 666) Southwestern states random killing spree
The New Mexico Diner Massacre
  • the disturbing flashback of the abusive family life of Mallory Knox - portrayed as a situation-comedy (with a canned laughter track), and fantasy parody called "I Love Mallory" about a dysfunctional family, similar to All in the Family or Married With Children, featuring comic Rodney Dangerfield as Mallory's perverted, sexually-abusive, unemployed beer-drinking dad Ed; he often threatened molestation, called her a "stupid bitch," and grabbed her butt ("If your ass is in this house, it's my ass, so you move it upstairs and take a shower. Make sure it's a good shower because l'm comin' up after to see how clean ya are"); her neglectful "old bag" mother (Edie McClurg) was also constantly threatened and intimidated by Ed, who called her "a f--kin' idiot"
Mallory's Abusive Family Life - and Love at First Sight

"I Love Mallory"
Mallory: "Who are you?"
"Mickey. Who are you?"
  • Mallory instantly fell in love at first sight with meat delivery-man Mickey after he came to the Knox family door, hauling in his arms a bloody 50-lb package ("It's beef, lady. 50 pounds of beef") - he complimented Mallory: "You ought to change your name to Beautiful"; they went on a joy-ride after stealing Ed's car and leaving a note for Ed: "Out with the meat man. Back before dawn. Love, Mallory"
  • after being charged with auto-theft and escaping prison, Mickey returned to rescue Mallory, and there was a dual death scene of them both murdering Mallory's parents; Mickey struck Ed in the face with a crowbar, dunked his head into a fish-tank to drown him, and struck him with a meat cleaver; then they gagged and bound Mallory's mother in her bed, and burned her alive after dousing her with charcoal lighter fluid and setting her on fire with a flame starter
  • during their flight, they 'married' atop the Rio Grande Gorge bridge by clasping their bloodied hands together as blood dripped down into the river (Mickey: "Put them together." Mallory: "lt's very romantic, baby. We'll be livin' in all the oceans now." Mickey: "God - before you and this river and this mountain and everything we don't know about, Mickey, do you take Mallory to be your lawful wedded wife to have and hold and treat right until you die?...")
  • the pursuit of the two killers through New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada by slimy, psychopathic Detective Jack Scagnetti (Tom Sizemore)
  • the accidental murder of kindly Navajo Indian Warren Red Cloud (Russell Means) in his New Mexico hut, who perceived that there was a demon in Mickey and attempted to expel it through chanting; the crazed and raging Mickey awoke from nightmares of his abusive childhood and shot and killed the Navajo in the chest (as he died, he spoke: "Twenty years ago, I saw the demon in my dreams. I was waiting for you")
  • the Drug Zone arrest scene shot almost entirely in flourescent green, after Mickey assaulted the pharmacist for snake-bite antidote
  • the character of self-serving TV tabloid show host/reporter Wayne Gale (Robert Downey, Jr.) who made them famous crime celebrities for his sensationalist "American Maniacs" show; during a post-Super Bowl Batonga Penitentiary interview between Mickey and Gale, Mickey admitted to his one true calling in life: "S--t man, I'm a natural born killer"
  • the plan was to move the two imprisoned killers from jail to a mental hospital (so they could be murdered by Scagnetti), they incited an incredibly violent riot, and in the midst of a chaotic and full-scale bloody massacre and Mexican stand-off, Scagnetti's throat was slashed and he was shot dead point-blank by Mallory using Scagnetti's own gun - as she asked him: "Do you still like me now, Jack?"; there was a controversial see-through view of the bullet hole in Gale's right hand
Bloody Violence
Scagnetti's Murder
Gale's Right Hand with Bullet Hole
  • the twosome made a getaway-escape with Gale to a rural setting; there, Mallory filmed him for an interview - as he narrated (subtitled): "This is Wayne Gale, unfortunately no longer live. l am wounded. All my crew is dead. l have left my wife, and my girlfriend has left me"; although Gale was able to interview them for a few minutes with his own camera, Mickey confiscated the camera and threatened what they were planning to do: "You'll be starin' down the barrels of our shotguns, and we're gonna be blowin' your brains all over that tree back there" - and soon after, they brutally executed him as promised, with the camera on the ground (still recording the scene as the sole witness); Gale died as he extended his arms in a crucifix posture
The Ending: Demise of Gale
  • the ending revealed that the broadcast had been transmitted via Gale's in-ear microphone to a news-show, where the horrified Channel 6 female news anchor Antonia Chavez (Melinda Renna) cried out: "Oh, my God!" - the film's conclusion consisted of rapidly-spliced together excerpts of recent real-life crime media circuses: the Menendez Brothers' trial for murdering their parents, the Los Angeles Rodney King beating trial, the Tonya Harding ice-skating scandal, the Waco, Texas conflagration, O.J. Simpson's trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole, and rapid-fire images of bloody, demonic faces; the last excerpt before the ending credits was a quick shot of a pregnant Mallory in an RV watching their two children play, as Mickey was driving




The Murders of Mallory's Parents


'Marriage' Vows Atop Bridge

Death of Navajo Indian


Drug Zone Scene

Wayne Gale (Robert Downey, Jr.)

Chaos in Prison During Interview


Horrified On-Air News Anchor Antonia Chavez During Prison Riot and Gale's Death: "Oh, my God!"


Before Ending Credits: Mickey and Pregnant Mallory in RV with Two Children

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