Torture Porn: Popular Horror after Saw

Hardcover | July 9, 2013

bySteve Jones

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Lambasted by critics as a sign of censorial failure and even social decline, the horror subgenre known as 'torture porn' has generated a great deal of controversy during the last decade. Although torture porn films such as Saw, Hostel and The Human Centipede were highly successful and have become cultural touchstones, the term 'torture porn' remains synonymous with misogyny, obscenity and moral depravity. Arguing primarily in defense of these popular torture-themed horror films, this is the first book to offer a detailed critical examination of the 'torture porn' phenomenon, outlining the subgenre's lineage, scrutinizing responses to the sub-genre, and offering narrative analyses of the sub-genre's central box-office hits as well as the multitude of independent direct-to-DVD films that have followed in their footsteps. In doing so, this book seeks to unpick the relationships between 'porn', 'horror', 'immorality', and 'extremity'.

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Lambasted by critics as a sign of censorial failure and even social decline, the horror subgenre known as 'torture porn' has generated a great deal of controversy during the last decade. Although torture porn films such as Saw, Hostel and The Human Centipede were highly successful and have become cultural touchstones, the term 'torture...

Steve Jones is Lecturer in Media at Northumbria University, UK. His research focuses primarily on the horror genre and topics of representation and gender, particularly on representations of sex and violence. He has published widely in international journals such as the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, Scope, Horror Studies, Ani...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:July 9, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230319416

ISBN - 13:9780230319417

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction: 'Welcome To Your Worst Nightmare'
PART I: 'TORTURE PORN' (CATEGORY)
1. 'The Past Catches Up to Everyone' – Lineage and Nostalgia
2. 'Bend to our objectives' – 'Torture Porn' as Press Discourse
3. 'No-one approves of what you're doing' – Fans and Filmmakers
PART II: 'TORTURE' (MORALITY)
Introduction
4. 'Your story's real, and people feel that' – Contextualising Torture
5. 'Some are Victims. Some are Predators. Some are Both' – Torturous Positions
6. 'In the land of the pig, the butcher is king' – Torture, Spaces, and Power
PART III: 'PORN' (EXTREMITY)
Introduction
7. 'Ladies first'? – Torture Porn, Sex, and Misogyny
8. 'Why are you crying? Aren't you having fun?' – Extreme Porn
9. 'You Will Not Believe Your Eyes...or Stomach' – Hardcore Horror
Conclusion: 'Will You Continue?' – Beyond 'Torture Porn'
Notes
Bibliography
Filmography
Index

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'This pioneering study bravely goes to unchartered territories in order to explain the label's implied porn-horror confluence and examine critically neglected subgenres.' - Dejan Ognjanovic, Rue Morgue