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Ayushi Y -

Hello Everyone!

This week I watched two movies from 2010 to 2015: “The Roommate” and “Malevolence: Bereavement” 

“The Roommate” is a psychological thriller about college student Sara Matthews and her unsettling relationship with her roommate, Rebecca. As Sara discovers Rebecca’s obsessive and dangerous tendencies, the film unfolds into a suspenseful narrative exploring themes of obsession and paranoia. 

  • “We’re going to be best friends forever. I’ll never let you go.”
  • “If I can’t have you, no one else can.”

In the films that I have watched so far, there is always something that the considered “psychopath” is obsessed with. Whether it’s simply being clean or an overbearing obsession with your roommate (in this case), psychopaths are repetitively portrayed to be fixated on certain things. The illustration of comorbidity between psychopathy and obsessive-compulsive disorders may give the misconception that those with OCD are more likely to be violent individuals. This may lead to an increased negative perception of mental disorders since it causes us to associate more disorders with violent tendencies. 


“Malevolence 2: Bereavement” is a horror film that delves into the backstory of Martin Bristol, a young boy abducted and raised by the sadistic killer, Graham Sutter. The movie follows Martin’s experiences with the killer, illustrating his trauma and need for survival.

  • “Empathy is for the weak. I don’t feel anything when I hurt others.”
  • “I don’t care about right or wrong. I only care about what entertains me.”
  • “I enjoy the screams. It’s the only honest expression people have.”

Sutter is portrayed as a cold and detached individual who completely lacks empathy and has no remorse for his actions. Although these behaviors are consistent with ASPD symptoms, they could oversimplify or exaggerate the symptoms themselves. The film portrays his sadistic nature in a manner that contributes to the stereotype that violent impulses solely drive individuals with psychopathic tendencies.

Thank you for reading!

Ayushi Yadav

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    Hi Ayushi, great research and reflection on this group of films. Your point about comorbidity really highlights the complexity of mental health issues. Do you have any reflections on how these films could more accurately portray the nuances of mental health?
    Hi Ms. Bennett, from what I have seen so far, most films tend to give those with mental health no clear motive for being violent or acting irrationally besides their self-interest which illustrates them as malicious and self-driven. With clear, concise motives and rational behavior, not only would the character fall under a clearer diagnosis of ASPD but it would also decrease the stigma that those with mental health disorders are more likely to be violent.

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