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Guantanamo's Influence

July 10, 2006 8:01 PM

It’s apparently not too early in the day for naked breasts. The clip reel for Starz’s documentary, “Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film,” includes several shots of topless women being brutally disemboweled and axe-hacked, but critics seem nonplussed.

“Clearly the Disney Channel presentation has concluded,” jokes Michael Ruggiero, executive producer and VP, programming and scheduling at Starz.

During the panel, “Scream” director Wes Craven speaks thoughtfully about why moviegoers enjoy horror films and notes a recent disturbing trend in popular films: torture. Many current horror movies such as “Hostel,” “Hard Candy” and “Saw” contain sequences of trapped victims being sadistically tormented.

“Torture has entered [horror movies] in a big way,” Craven said. “And it’s no coincidence with [U.S. detainment facilities accused of torture at] Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. Whatever is in the news that’s deeply disturbing will turn up in a horror film.”


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Wes Craven's logic about Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib being the inspiration for the seeming increase in torture sequences within horror films is very interesting.

What do Zombies represent? Mass political movements (perhaps communism?).

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