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Has anyone seen this film? It's on at the ICA but I'm not sure I can bring myself to watch it.
but I'm intrigued as it apparently takes a surprising turn half way though. It got 5 stars in Total Film too.
I don't like horror movies though so I probably shouldn't bother.
It's fucking balls. Don't bother. It's really really really unpleasant, and nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is. The ending is out-and-out laughable.
Depressingly but unsurprisingly, given the vogue for torture porn, the director is supposedly in talks regarding a Hollywood remake.
I won't bother then.
It is just grim with nothing particularly interesting to say (though it thinks it has)
try to be condescendingly moralising?
that "seeing a woman* get tortured gruesomely for two hours" is their audience's primary motivation, rather than "pondering some interesting metaphysical points".
*It's usually young women, as far as I can see. There's a risible bit of exposition in Martyrs that actually tries to justify this in plot terms
Yes, it sounds mighty weak
They like to have young couples who are having sex outside of marriage getting killed, essentially pointing out how bad promiscuity is, etc. etc.
but I'd say there is one.
I didn't hit post reply then. Anyway, basically I'd say the more extreme a film is in its gratuitous violence, the shakier ground they;re on when it comes to moral lectures
I was meaning more that it's not a new thing nor is it only 'torture porn' type films that go for that. It often seems like the victims are set up to be 'immoral' in horror films, that's all.
No one ever goes in the film "Oh they got killed because they weren't married"
Where as in torture porn they're always "Oh, this is a backlash from consumerist culture" as their justification
And of course you've got the whole skin-peeling routine. Hmmm I'll give it a pass. Ace Ventura When Nature Calls sounds far more appetising right now.