Paradise Lost labelled as torture porn by the British Press
21st May 07
We at eatmybrains.com love it when some poor hapless journalist slams any new release for being massively gory and consequently guarantees that film's box office success. Read on...
Be prepared to be shocked. Paradise Lost is a terrifying new horror starring Josh Duhamel and Melissa George and directed by John Stockwell.
While backpacking through Brazil, a diverse group of young adventure travellers are marooned in a remote Brazilian beach town following a terrifying bus accident. The backpackers discover that the white sand beaches and lush jungles are concealing a dark, unsettling secret. Organ donations are not reliant on either donor cards OR the person being dead…
Paradise Lost follows a long line of extreme horror that includes some classic and controversial movies. And the style appears to be burgeoning currently…
· The Last House on the Left (1972) Wes Craven’s underrated women in peril movie (banned in the UK until 2003) has been influential
· I Spit on Your Grave (1978) This title was singled out as a video nasty in the early 80’s which gave it a lease of life it didn’t really deserve
· Saw (2004) The classic modern horror was originally intended for a straight-to-video release. It has spawned two sequels so far (and one more to come!)
· Hostel (2005) Eli Roth’s successful teen splatter movie added to horror’s recent popularity boom, and spawned a sequel
· Grindhouse (2007) Tarantino’s half of this exploitation double feature ‘Death Proof’ is a super gory revenge tale and it is already creating a fuss…
The Guardian recently has a major feature in G2 called ‘Torture Porn - Hollywood’s New Obsession with Extreme Violence Against Women’ by Kira Cochrane.
The piece describes a “new subgenre of horror films which are so dehumanising, nasty and misogynist that they are collectively known either as ‘gorno’ (a conflation of "gory" and "porno"), or, more commonly, as ‘torture porn’.”
The Times followed up with a similar piece on what it calls ultraviolent sadism, called ‘Sitting Comfortably?’ by Christopher Goodwin
The piece make the connection to real world violence: “When the images of degradation from Abu Ghraib…it’s not surprising who’s been cast as the perpetrators of terror in today’s horror films. ‘It’s not the big scary monster any more,’ says (horror buff) Sam Quinones, ‘Now, humans are the worst monsters.’”
So, is the horror movie genre’s current popularity a reflection of real world violence as The Times say, or is it a sick misogynistic trend as The Guardian argues?
You can be the judge when Paradise Lost is released in the UK & Eire 1st June 2007. Certificate 18.
Paradise Lost is the first American production to shoot entirely in the country of Brazil. The action moves from the lush jungles and heavenly beaches of Ubatuba to the amazing underground and underwater caves near Lencois, which had never been filmed before.