Quentin Tarantino is speaking out against critics who are blaming violent films for the recent Connecticut school massacre, insisting such comments are disrespectful to the victims.

Last month's Sandy Hook Elementary School murders in Newtown, CT, resulted in the death of 26 people, including 20 children. Tarantino's films have often been targeted following tragedies as pundits attempt to make sense of the violence.

The director is convinced there is no link between violence in movies and twisted individuals who carry out real-life massacres.

In a recent NPR interview, Tarantino commented, "I'm really annoyed. I think it's disrespectful... to the memory... of the people who died to talk about movies. Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health."
Tarantino's latest film, blood-soaked, shoot-em-up western "Django Unchained" was released just days after the Newtown massacre.

He has directed films including "Inglourious Basterds," "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs."