Rape/Revenge

Bedevilled (REVIEW)

Rape-Revenge films are perhaps the most polarizing of genre movies. The aggressive voyeuristic nature in which most of these films marvel in both extended victimization and shockingly rendered vengeance are a distillation of some rather sticky ideological obstacles inherent in creating a narrative visually and aurally. And let’s not forget with the intent of making money. They are at once exploitative and yet not without (sometimes) greater purpose in mind. What is also fascinating about these stories is their diffusion across various levels of taste and medium.

The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) (REVIEW)

It was only a matter of time before Pedro Almodóvar made a horror film. His decades long career directing, writing, and producing exhibits a constant concern for themes that flirt with the horror film genre. His films revel in all things melodramatic, the fluidity and ambiguity of sexual and gender identity, a love for surfaces and pop culture, camp, and the perils of isolation. A few of his films, namely “Carne Trémula” and “Atame!”, more precisely lean toward the horrific.

The "R" Word and Trivialising "Last House"

Recently, Patrick Goldstein of the LA Times wrote an editorial titled "RapeLay: Sleazier than any Hollywood horror film?" which compared the interactive hentai rape simulator that was recently removed from Amazon's site to films like "Hostel." As the title suggests, his general conclusion was that even though you can trace the horrible premise of "RapeLay" to the sexual repression of Japanese culture, it still far surpasses

The Last House on the Left (Remake) (REVIEW)

Word of any new genre remake is likely greeted with a shrug by most horror fans. By this point, we've largely had to resign ourselves to the idea that any older film that had any meat on its bones will be brought in for a picking over. Even in that context though, "Last House on the Left" seemed a difficult choice. The 1972 original film that launched Wes Craven's directing career was gritty, brutal, and in many ways, of its time.

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