The big discussion of "torture porn" is totally relevant as more and more films begin to fit the bill. Whether it's this years Grindhouse or Captivity.
Eli Roth said recently in an MTV interview "When I go see an R-rated horror movie, I want lots of violence. I want nudity. I want sex and violence mixed together, Roth says. "What's wrong with that? Am I the only one? I don't think so." And this come from the man who Quentin Tarantino calls "the future of horror"
Where is the line? Why do the producers and actors agree to do this film. Does actress Heather Matarazzo have no pride that she would take a role where she gets dangled upside down naked and murdered in the most horrific way in the name of sexually horrific entertainment?
Strangely I think of the documentary Born into Brothels. Zana Briski does some incredible work in the Red Light District in Calcutta by giving young children the opportunity to learn photo skills to raise money to get out of the brothel lifestyle. Perhaps someone like Zana needs to figure out a way to help actresses get jobs where they will not be part of explicit negative torture films. Metarazzo, I must believe you must be better than that then the prostitute yourself to the eyes and minds of young perverts.
Granted, there are many base things in movies and art, but for a film of this nature to have such a wide release, truly demonstrate the moral turpitude we face as a society.
As David Poland says, "This is a film that Lionsgate should be embarrassed about releasing." Perhaps it is this depravity that has encouraged them to go to the other end of the spectrum with their Lionsgate Faith Based Films. Yet, it's not like there's a scale where Lionsgate can balance out the moral and immoral.
Please Zani Briski, please save Laura German, Bijou Phillips, Heather Matarazzo, Elisha Cuthbert from the ills of Roth and similar director's minds.
According to imdb, Eli Roth told American Details magazine he'd love to torture Kate Hudson next. Roth says, "I'd love to torture her. But then again, sitting through one of her romantic comedies is its own form of torture. If I had to choose between watching Raising Helen or vomiting because of something I'd seen on the screen in Hostel: Part II, I'd pick the vomit every time."