His father is famous for helping to make The Hunger Games, the futuristic Hollywood blockbuster about teenagers pitted against each other in a fight to the death.
However, Elliot Rodger created his own dystopian drama on Saturday when he embarked on a deadly gun rampage, killing six people — just hours after posting a video online declaring war on the comfortable Californian world in which he grew up.
The 22-year-old, who was born in London and moved to America at the age of five, was photographed two years ago on the red carpet for the premiere of The Hunger Games, accompanied by his father, Peter, an assistant director.
Now, he is America’s latest mass murderer after shooting dead half a dozen people in a rolling “drive by” massacre from his black BMW in the Californian college town Isla Vista.
The gunman committed his killing spree just hours after posting a chilling video online in which he spelt out his murderous plans for “retribution” because of rebuffs by female college students.
Lamenting that he was still a virgin at 22, he declared: “I will kill every single blonde s— I see” and blamed women for throwing themselves at “obnoxious brutes” but rejecting him, the “supreme gentleman”.
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