Earlier this week the teach sent me an e-mail about the film The Girl Next Door, which was released in New York on Wednesday.
No, this is not a remake of the 2004 Emile Hirsh/Elisa Cutberth film with the same title.
No, this film is based on the Jack Ketchum novel, which is a based-on-a-true-crime story about the abuse, rape, torture, and murder Sylvia Likens, which was allowed and facilitated by her guardian Gertrude Baniszewski.
This is the exact same story which the upcoming film An American Crime (Catherine Keener & Ellen Page) is based on.
And I'm not sure how or why this topic has effected me, and the content of StrangeCulture over the last 4 months, but one has to wonder, why are films like this being made.
In the New York Times review, Neil Genzlinger says that director Gregory Wilson's film is so repellent that it "makes you wish you could rinse your brain in bleach, to wash all traces of it from your memory."
And I know I keep on bringing forth the evidence, but why is there interest in making a film like The Girl Next Door, or An American Crime?
Or what about the story of abuse and torture in this years film Hounddog?
Why is Julianne Moore attracted to a story of a sexual abusive mother in the real life story of Barbara Daly Baekeland?
Why are the award caliber films of 2007 filled with so much violence?
Why have their been such an onslaught of sexually driven torture films?
Will a film like Rendition answer and challenge thoughts on torture, or just show torture?
I just don't get it. What does this say about our society? Are we searching for answers? Do we enjoy these types of films? Is this mirror real life or allow us to escape? Why is this type of film so common this year?