“SNEAK PEEK” PSYCHOLOGY&HORROR:DISSECTING DAMIEN EWELL

Posted: January 16, 2013 in Horror News

THE RISE OF DAMIEN EWELL

Damien is a product of his environment; he was beaten halfway to hell and left for dead. Another reason for his speech problems could be his facial disfiguration along the jaw and near the vocal cords. In a small town full of hicks and farms, the only thing he could relate to was a pig. The pig mask was not random, that is exactly how Damien sees himself. He kills a pig, slices of its head, removes the insides and wears it as a mask; a mask that covers his face and represents the beast rising from deep inside him. It was only a matter of time before he got the scent of young victims waiting to be killed; although he is a mad dog, he loyal to his town, almost as if they own and control him. Because he trusts no one but his “family” I believe he displays symptoms of a paranoid personality; everyone outside of Madison County is the enemy, they bring nothing but horrible flashbacks of Damien’s brutal beating.

Madison-County-Review

My Profile of Damien characterizes him as a Disorganized Asocial offender; the disorganization not only defines his personality, it defines his overall lifestyle; his home, clothing, and overall demeanor would reflect this type of personality. Damien’s personality, appearance, and lifestyle are completely chaotic and disorderly. The personal characteristics of an Asocial killer helps reinforce the fact that his intelligence is well below average, he is socially inadequate, and has significant personality changes. Damien wonders the woods with no mention of a home; a “man” of his personality would be found living inside the barn we discover halfway through the movie. The beaten down, dusty barn filled with spider webs would be the perfect home. He considers himself to be an outcast; the barn would be the only comforting place for him to be; the only place a beast like him could rest, fantasize, and wait for his next victims. His murders are spontaneous, he never personally moves the bodies, and the victims are unknown; although it is not shown, a man like him might also have sex with the female victims after death. Damien’s style of killing is similar to that of a power/control serial killer; just like an animal hunting his prey, he enjoys the chase and complete domination of his victims. What more power can one have than being in control of life and death? However, unlike a power/control serial killer, Damien does not prolong the deaths and does not get sexual gratification. He simply enjoys the power; he loves to use his hands or a knife to be close enough to feel his victim’s heart stop beating; these type of killers love to strangle in order to feel the ultimate high. Damien has no conscious, this is not catch and release; he is a hunter. When Damien steps into the woods and begins to hunt for his prey, he has no idea who he is after or anything about them. He does not care about their hopes and dreams, goals for the future, or if they have a family. Damien sees his victims as worthless objects; they do not deserve any type of special treatment or human considerations. The 4 unfortunate victims never had a chance; they were defenseless against the 6’7 ravenous beast and were nothing more than faceless strangers.

THE REAL MADISON COUNTY

“When I was younger I grew up in a small town in Arkansas and my grandfather moved to a town in Madison County; when I went there as a kid I would have these weird encounters with people and animals; its just a very weird place, it’s in the middle of nowhere and there is a population of about 200 people. Most of the people that live there are there for a reason and most of the reasons are because they want to be left alone or because they have lived there for so long. The people were very private in their lives and their belongings. When I would go visit, I would go hiking with my dad; we would rarely run into people but when we did, they were always a little nervous and hesitant around us because they didn’t know who we were or where we had come from. I hate saying this, but for lack of a better term, they were always a little paranoid and very hesitant to allow us into their lives. For a long time it was hard to try and break through that and establish a relationship because their families didn’t want people they didn’t know coming around. At a young age that struck me as being a very odd thing. Being that closed off and paranoid, I always found it interesting as to what these people were protecting; they always acted like they had some sort of secret. I think anywhere you grow up there are local legends, folktales, boogeymen and all that sort of thing.  What I wanted to do is try and tell the story; I remember real life incidents of people always being arrested for certain things, whether it was theft or drug smuggling. One of the local names that always came up was a guy named Damien; I never met him, I had never seen him and I don’t think he killed anyone; I just remember him being a local name. Always thought Damien was a weird name; it was a name that just stuck in my head. I basically took what I knew from when I was younger and placed this fictional character into these real life scenarios that could have happened to me and embellished them. Filming this movie where it actually happened to me really made it feel that much more real”-Eric England

 

Eric England claims he never saw Damien, nor does he think he ever killed anyone. The whole movie was based around a town that he visited throughout his child hood; the people in the movie were extremely realistic based on what Eric experienced as a child. What were those people hiding? Is there really someone capable of these horrible things living in Madison County? There are more than 300 active serial killers in the United states, maybe Madison County is really the home of one of the most sadistic, undiscovered killers.

My book will feature the entire psychological profile and background of Damien Ewell. It will also include much more from Director/Writer Eric England, along with insight from Natalie Scheetz, Ace Marrero, and Matt Mercer.

 

 

Joseph Forsberg

 

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Comments
  1. Adrienne Harrell says:

    Isn’t the mother to blame?

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