The Death of Revulsion

The success of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Kill Bill: Volume 1 prompted this comment from a Denver Post columnist in the Fall of 2003:

"Once-unspeakable violence has moved from the unbalanced fringe into the middle of our surround-sound home theatre systems". We've gone, he said, from the "post-September 11 death of irony to the postmodern death of revulsion".

The Saw "torture porn" franchise is a perfect example of that.





Alliance sought youth market for Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Movie about a little boy pimp - Lil' Pimp - (2003)

Cannibal film stirs controversy (2004)

A full Italian frontal on sex and violence (2000)

Hungry for blood? Gore porn's for you (2003)

Studios killing (carefully) for an R rating (2003)

OFRB creates new category - beneficial to the movie business, but not to the public (2001)

Articles on violent film, Baise Moi (2000)

Director Defends Brutality (2001)

Court challenge to Ontario Film Review Board re Fat Girl (2002)

Baying for blood (but it's all in fun) - Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

A Serbian Film depicts rape of newborn (2010)

Are mass media creating a culture of rape? Column by Antonia Zerbisas, Toronto Star (2010)

I Spit On Your Grave remake - "putrid trash" (2010)

Roger Ebert's review of the original I Spit on Your Grave (1980)

Sundance audience shaken by violence in The Killer Inside Me (2010)

Last House on the Left remake well made, but disgusting (2009)

Saw VI gets X rating in Spain - meaning it can only play in porn theatres (2009)

Movie gore must be realistic (2009)

Misogynist movie, Deadgirl (2009)

Film's new fall guy: women (2009)

Movies and television provide bad role models for girls (2008)

"Family friendly" Toronto Star publishes disgusting gore photo (2007)

Torture porn producer, Lions Gate, gets $400 million deal with Quebec government (2007)

Information on hateful movie, Captivity (2007)

Evolution of gore into mainstream entertainment (2009)

Street fight videos hit the mainstream (2006)

Girls being desensitized to gore (2006)

Films to disturb and disgust (2006)

Horror films return to gore (2006)

Ultraviolent atrocities saturate pop culture (2005)

Articles on Get Rich or Die Tryin' protests (2005)

Violence at gangster movies (1991)

The Devil's Rejects - training film for serial rapists and murderers (2005)

Horror genre poses classification challenge for OFRB (2004)

Hardcore goes mainstream (2004)

Horror film, House of 1,000 Corpses, scares off Universal (2001)

Bookstore that had Theatres Act struck down gives up censorship fight (2005)

Good article on PG-13 movies (2003)

Breillat films as aversion therapy (2004)

Donkey slaughtered on Manderlay movie set (2004)

Lions Gate releases "ubercelebration of depravity", House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)

Irreversible is a contemptible use of violence (2003)

Hollywood examines its soul (1999)

Invisible obscenity - Hamilton Spectator article on slasher movies (1992)

Letter to Toronto City Council re setting standards for movies filmed in the city, October 28, 2021