Does The World Need Another “Horror”/Torture-Porn Film?

Published On July 18, 2012 | By Mike Carroll | Movies, Op-Ed

(Note: For the first time I am posting no pictures or embedding any video. I find this subject matter so distasteful that I am not going to pollute this site with it.)

I’m disgusted.

The mind and emotions rage with revulsion and pity for the young people who flock to be “entertained” by the rampage of violence-against-women “gore-no” (as in porno) movies that have flooded the cinemas and inspired aspiring indie filmmakers to grind out equally vile and pathetic imitations.

I have to ask the people who go to these, and who are stimulating and inspiring the pandering and predatory “filmmakers” to continue to make them—do you know what you’re doing?

Every morning when I wake up and am sipping my hot tea I check out what is new on a couple of my favorite websites. One is a British DSLR filmmaking site called EOSHD.com. The other day they featured a top story about a new feature film that was shot on the Panasonic GH2. The subject matter in the clip was so degrading of women and of human life in general that if felt compelled to write this. It was equally insulting that all of the reader comments were about the beauty of the filmic style and the depth-of-field use of the lenses. I have to has the question: Has the young society become so morally bankrupt that they do not recognize depravity when they see it?

http://www.eoshd.com/content/8549/watch-the-first-five-minutes-of-gh2-feature-film-musgo-warning-nsfw

(Out of deference to the filmmaker I am not embedding this footage onto this page. Why promote “cinema” that I distain? You can, however follow the above link to the article on EOSHD.com and read it and view the clip on your own if you so chose.)

A few years ago I read the article Killer Instinct in Vanity Fair that gathered a number of top mainstream film directors like Wes Craven (The Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes II) and Eli Roth (Hostel). By the end of the conversation they were all exchanging ideas on new ways to kill women on screen. And those are the people who have inspired today’s generation of new young filmmakers.

Why is it always “pretty, thin young white girls” who are captured, kidnapped, bound and gagged and beaten, raped, sliced, diced and dismembered? Why not pretty and fat girls? What about ugly girls? What about pretty boys? Or fat boys? Or gays? Or grandma? Or the cat? Or your dog Blue? Or Mexicans?

Why are only “pretty, thin young white girls” the victims in this entertainment excrement?

Let’s analyze this. What would Freud say?

“They make these films because they hate their mothers.”

No. Hardly. This inexcusable entertainment has nothing to do with boys who hate their mothers.

It does, however, have everything to do with women.

Obviously this fiendish phenomenon is stimulated by boys who psychologically are trying to get back at all the pretty girls who rejected them.

If you are a “filmmaker” who enjoys and makes these types of movies and you reject that theory, then I challenge you in your next “entertainments” to do stories about a man who kidnaps and tortures other men.

If that is not to your liking, then I’d like to know why? Would it be too close to home? Is it something that might be to creepy—even for you? Or would you think it a form of self-loathing? (That means that you hate yourself.) Or could that be homophobic? Or could that be too homoerotic?

There is an old axiom, and one which I ascribe to, that “Writers write from their own experience about what they know.” As most horror film directors are working from their own scripts the questions has to be ask:

- Either you are writing your scripts based on other movies you’ve seen, in which case you are plagiarists; or,

- You are writing about what you know, in which case you are not only in need of serious psychological therapy but also a good criminal defense attorney.

There are some who argue that torture-horror films are entertainment and therefore more legitimate than pornography. I’d like to hear the justification for that argument. I argue exactly the opposite:

- Pornography is created and marketed by consenting adults who are not hurting each other and are presenting consensual sex that is marketed for adults of 18 years of age and older.

- Torture movies are about women who are abducted, bound and gagged against their will, and violently tortured and murdered. This “entertainment” is marketed at audiences starting at age 17, but is also played on DVD and streaming to teenagers much, much younger.

Of those two, clearly which is the more obscene?

What is next? A comedy told from the Nazi perspective on The Final Solution?

To these “filmmaker” and to the audiences who support this deviancy, I ask you: Have you no decency? Have you no integrity? Have you no morals? Would you have your daughter appear in one of these films?

Is there no shame?

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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