We all love a good protagonist. They are characters that the audience can relate to, but they aren’t always so perfect. Many protagonists have committed acts, both voluntarily and involuntarily, that would have probably landed them in the slammer. Here are 5(ish) characters that most definitely would have gone to jail for some of the things they did!
Jesse Walsh – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
Obviously Jesse (Mark Patton) wasn’t actually guilty of any crime since it was Freddy who murdered Coach Schneider (Marshall Bell) and his friend Grady (Robert Rusler), but he still looked mighty guilty. As terrible as it is, Jesse would have been easily convicted in a court of law for those two murders since “possession by dead child murderer” doesn’t really hold up as a defense in the real world.
Carrie White – Carrie
Had Carrie (Sissy Spacek) not killed herself, she most definitely would have been sent to prison, or at least gone to trial. Sure, she probably would have just used her telekinetic powers to escape whatever prison cell she was placed in, but the fact is that she still murdered a gymnasium full of people. As awful as the majority of them were, it’s still murder!
Louis Creed – Pet Sematary
Someone has to take the fall for Rachel Creed’s (Denise Crosby) death. Granted, since it’s fairly obvious that Rachel’s reanimated corpse murders Louis (Dale Midkiff) at the end of the film, he most definitely would have gone to prison for murdering her since he can’t just tell the police that his deceased child did it. So maybe it’s a good thing he was killed. You decide.
Marion Crane – Psycho
Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) stole $40,000 from a client. That wasn’t exactly small potatoes in 1960. While Ms. Crane did intend to return the money before her untimely death at the hands of Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), there still would have been significant repercussions for the real estate secretary.
The Entire Cast – Trick ‘r Treat
I mean, pretty much everyone in this movie was guilty of murder. In a realistic world, Laurie (Anna Paquin) and all of her friends would have been arrested for eating a bunch of men, Mr. Kreeg (Brian Cox) would have been arrested for killing all of the special needs children on the bus he drove (had the court been able to prove intent to kill, of course), Mr. Wilkins (Dylan Baker) was a serial killer, Henry (Tahmoh Penikett) would have been accused of murdering his girlfriend Emma (Leslie Bibb). Hell, even little Rhonda (Samm Todd) may have been sent to juvenille detention for a failure to act or something (okay, that one is a bit of a stretch, but you get what I’m saying). If the events in Trick ‘r Treat actually happened, most of these people would be in prison.
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