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Friday, March 23, 2007

The Autopsy Report: Torture Porn 

PopSyndicate has a new horror site up, and as part of its launch I've signed on to do a weekly column analyzing trends in the horror genre in a variety of mediums. Blah blah, fancy schmancy.

The first is called "torture porn," and examines the almost complete domination of the horror genre by torture films. Why it works, why it doesn't, and where it comes from...


"Torture porn." It's a phrase I've used from time to time to reference the rise of movies (the Saw series, the Hostel series, Turistas, Chaos, and so on) featuring extended and messy deaths and punishments for its sweaty, attractive stars. You might guess that turn of phrase means I'm not much of a fan, and you'd be right. But for better or worse, torture porn is the face of modern horror movies. God help us, let's take a look.

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