Students outraged by film linked to Isla Vista killings

August 10, 2015

Elliot RodgerThe upcoming release of a film that appears to be based on the 2014 Isla Vista killings has sparked outrage in the Central Coast town and the UC Santa Barbara community. [KEYT]

The movie trailer for “Del Playa” shows scenes that appear to be shot in Isla Vista. In the film, the main character goes on a murderous rampage after being rejected by a girl.

On May 23, 2014, six UCSB students died in the Elliot Rodger rampage. Rodger shot and stabbed students, at least in part due to his social frustrations and failures with women.

Part of the rampage took place on Del Playa Drive, which is a prominent street in Isla Vista.

Critics say the film “Del Playa” exploits the deaths of the students whom Rodger killed.

The film’s directer, writer and producer is Shaun Hart, who says he is a UCSB graduate. Hart said in a statement there is a connection to Santa Barbara, but the film is not about the Isla Vista murderer.

“While I do admit there is the connection of Santa Barbara, this film is not about Elliot Rodger,” Hart said. “The fictional character in the film is not meant to portray anyone in particular. It is mean to portray incidents that take place, not only in Santa Barbara, but across the country on a daily basis.”

The movie is due to be released in October. A petition at change.org calling for the film’s release to be halted has more than 23,000 online signatures.


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8 Comments

  1. jana says:

    Hollywood has been making movies based on real life adventures since the first silent film depicted the James brothers robbing a train.

    The outrage should be with a broken mental health system and criminal justice system, including limp wristed judges, who fail to protect people from the dangerous looneys.

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    • kayaknut says:

      Don’t you know by now, especially in California, we don’t want to fix the real reasons for problems, we just want to keep everyone thinking they are being treated wrong and then tell them who is to blame. It keeps them from looking and the puppet masters and those controlling the strings

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  2. whatsinaname says:

    Outraged?

    I’ve heard student comments like “disappointed” and “too soon”, and “tasteless”. But I haven’t seen any outrage. I have relatives at the school and personally know several students and have seen petitioners interviewed and have yet to see any outrage. Starting or signing a petition does not equal outrage.

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    • r0y says:

      Outrage is a made-up media buzzword. You can have a couple people with a fax machine and purchase a social media “blast” to create a false sense of greater proportionality.

      Besides, headlines reading, “Five people are really pissed at ” do not do as well as “Experts are Outraged” or what have you.

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  3. indigo1955 says:

    Free speech….do we want it…or don’t we?

    (16) 16 Total Votes - 16 up - 0 down
    • achillesheal says:

      Speech is only protected from government infringement. People can protest, petition, boycott each other’s speech as they see fit. That’s an exercise of their free speech.

      (3) 5 Total Votes - 4 up - 1 down
  4. 3 putt says:

    This is way beyond callous.

    (-5) 11 Total Votes - 3 up - 8 down
  5. tomsquawk says:

    and all profits go to the victims families.

    (-1) 13 Total Votes - 6 up - 7 down

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