Gore: yes ; Torture porn: no

Yes, I write this a pack of years after the war … but thinking about it, I thought it was worth writing it.
I like gore. The viscera, the blood, the brain, the dismemberments: it’s nice. But it’s not because there is blood that I will enjoy it… and that’s why I struggle with “torture porn”. Think of Eli Roth’s Hostel or one of the very first episodes of The Walking Dead S07. You know what I mean? Pain is not the emotional register that suits me.

I’ll pass on the case of Eli Roth because even if the guy seems to be a real big fan of genre cinema, his directing is really passable. All that I have retained from Hostel is the atmosphere “let’s turn a porno into the Czech Republic”. I won’t say I don’t like”porn in CZ”, but I don’t mix things.
On the other hand, Saw, which was released a small year before the work of Roth, is a little apart. First thriller, torture is an integral part of the film, but  a bit the Usual Suspect of the genre. I recognize his director James Wan an immense talent in directing. This guy is great. Just watch The Conjuring (2013), fantastic piece of thriller of horror as we rarely see. The multiple sequences of the license to the saw are only echoes of the original…

“Torture porn” is a sub genre in which I see only a wish to voyeuristic snuff. A bit like guys who slow down on the highway to see an accident (and why not a little blood). Being afraid of the pain is normal and playing on it seems to me a creative laziness.

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