Child of God: Scott Haze Coming To Miami To Discuss His Intense Film Role

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"Here's the thing with the critic situation," Haze says, "it's a very hard movie to make. "Like I said, this movie's been optioned for many years, Sean Penn couldn't get this movie made for 15 years, and it makes you think, and it does something inside of you when you watch this movie. We live in an age where not many people are making Taxi Driver today ... If someone were to make Taxi Driver today, I bet you it would be panned."

In a world of big studio blockbusters reliant on escapism and fantasy, churning out variations of the superhero comic concern of good versus evil, Child of God offers something more startling: Can a viewer have sympathy for a man who is in fact a serial killer necrophiliac? "This is one of those types of films that really touch people in different kinds of ways," says Haze. "I've heard everything from, 'Lester Ballard is my hero' to 'That was one of the craziest things I've ever watched in my life.'"

But it's more than a horror film, Scott clarifies. The film's concern is in the human being that is the product of abandonment by his family and society. Scott says it's important to consider how isolated this cave-dweller of a man is, who is left to make friends with stuffed animals he won at carnival, to turn to such an extreme desire for human connection.

"I think that's the result of the isolation of loneliness, and I think that the necrophilia/serial killer aspect is him trying to recreate the connection he had with his first girlfriend, which he calls his girlfriend, hence the reason why he bought her a dress and took her on a date. It's like the first human connection he's ever really had. It just happened to be a dead person."

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Hans Morgenstern has contributed to Miami New Times for too many decades, but he's grown to love Miami's arts and culture scene because of it. He is the chair of the Florida Film Critics Circle, and most of his film criticism can be found on Independent Ethos ( if not in New Times.