YMMV / Karla

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The film is based mainly on Homolka's version of events, and thus portrays her as a battered (which, admittedly, does have some basis in reality) and reluctant accessory to Paul's crimes, rather than as the almost entirely complicit partner that she was in real life.
  • Complete Monster: Paul Bernardo, the Scarborough Rapist, is a sociopathic Serial Killer who assaults lone women for sheer pleasure and regularly abuses his girlfriend, the titular Karla. Having become obsessed with Karla's sister, Tammy, Bernardo drugs and rapes her, recording the whole act, which ended with Tammy overdosing. Abducting a girl named Tina, Bernardo continuously rapes her for three days until she strangles her to death and dismembers her body. Beginning to enjoy ending his victims' lives, Bernardo brings another girl to his home and tortures her, forcing her to watch her parents pleading for help on national television. After murdering her, Bernardo leaves her body to rot in the woods and laughs at the police for making wrong assumptions. A sadistic Psychopathic Manchild with a fondness for dominance, Bernardo never had the courage to assume responsibility for his actions, and proved himself to be one of the worst criminals of his time.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Paula's rape of Tammy.
  • Narm: One of the things that Paul sputters while making his suicide recording is, "I wish I had made love to you while looking you in the face."
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