What I found most interesting looking back over the Child of God book was how I would often have movie scenes from different serial killer movies flash into my mind. One of the first was that of the Summer of Sam directed by Spike Lee. The similarities could be seen by looking at how both Ballard and Berkowitz stalked and went after women and couples while in parked cars. If you look at Berkowitz’s early life you also see similarities to Ballard. They were both loners, bullies and introverted. They both shot their victims and didn’t torture or mutilate while alive.
The next movie was The Silence of The Lambs directed by Demme. This came to mind on page 193. This is when Lester was placed in a cage next door to man who had eaten the brains of folks with a spoon. This made me think of Dr. Hannibal Lecter and not only how he had eaten human brains but how he was kept in a cage when imprisoned.
The last two movies that I was able to see in this book were Psycho and Frailty. From reading how Lester dressed up in woman’s clothing (page 140) made me think of the movie Psycho directed by Hitchcock. Looking at the description of the barn on page (4) and the axe on page (70) made me connect the book to the movie Frailty directed by Bill Paxon. However, most of my connection to this movie was through the setting.