The Sept. 1993 Macaulay Culkin vehicle The Good Son was meant to provide the Home Alone star with a more serious role, opposite Elijah Wood, as a young boy with murderous leanings and sinister secrets. The script had been in the works since the 1980s, but its release happened to coincide with a far more sinister, real-life story. In February of 1993, two British 10-year-olds, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, abducted and killed a two-year-old named James Bulger. During the time that followed that horrific event, it emerged that Venables may have seen the movie Child’s Play 3 shortly before he committed the crime—and that several elements of the killing, such their use of blue paint and train track,s echoed plot points in the horror film. A moral panic over the relationship between violent movies and childhood violence led distributors to cancel the British theatrical release of The Good Son.
Next Trespass (1992)