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I was prompted to start this thread after reading a post from a forum member in which they described a particularly brutal rape scene in a recent horror flick as "extraneous violence" and as "leaving a bad taste in my mouth."
Surely, thats the purpose of the horror film isn't it? to push our emotional boundaries and probe our deepest and darkest fears?

Or is it?.......Are there limits or boundaries that should not be crossed, or is it a case of "Anything goes"?

Please discuss. Having more than a passing interest in the psychology of Horror, I would be very interested to know the opinions of forum members on this.

(ps. I'm talking movies here guys, as opposed to our home or pro haunts which for the most part at least have to cater for a mixed age clientelle).
 

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I wont watch a movie with a rape scene and if i see one that has it in it i will classify it as total garbage and never watch again.
 

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I don't think horror can go too far - I am with what you said :
Are there limits or boundaries that should not be crossed, or is it a case of "Anything goes"?
I think anything can be touched upon. If it makes the viewer tense, and even scared......it's doing it's job! :p
People watch horror for the adrenaline, and they enjoy the fear that may come with that. If it means reaching out and grabbing all possible emotions from the viewer, at least it's getting some reactions from them.
 

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I'm of the opinion that movies in general can go to far. Horror is a bit like porn tho in that it can and often does cross boundaries.

Thing is, my definition of "gone too far", may not be the same for you. Example; the Hostel and Saw series (with the exception of the first Saw). Just plain gratuitous gore. I can't begin to imagine what sort of mind thinks up that crap.

However The Cottage and Severance were both movies along similar lines, but I really enjoyed them. Go figure. I think it was the elements of humour in them that made the difference.

The ultimate in horror for me has always been Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). I've not seen a pure horror movie to beat it. Scared the living sh*t out of me and just the sound of a chainsaw to this day makes me antsy. But I know people who say it should be banned as being sick and twisted.

Anywho, that's enough rambling from me. :D
 

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Real Horror can never go "too far". But scenes of rape, torture or crimes against children don't belong on the screen.

The "Saw" franchise is pushing the envelope.
 

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Agreed. I love a good horror movie, but gratuitous torture does nothing for me. I also think that the "snuff movies" go too far.

As to rape, If a rape scene is critical to the plot, as in The Accused, it may have merit. But rape just for entertainment crosses the line. I realize that The Accused isn't a horror movie, but it is the only one that comes to mind at the moment.
 

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I belong to the "Horror is never too far" side.

Horror –noun
1. an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear: to shrink back from a mutilated corpse in horror.


1) Speaking exclusively in term of genres, I would not classify extreme rape/torture/whatever-you-want-scenes as part of the horror genre. I consider this more to be part of the gore, because to me horror films play more on the psychological aspect than physical disgust. BUT nowadays the lines are blury and both are hardly distinguishable - I would call it the "gorror" genre :D - , anyway, I'm going off-topic...

2) In substance, horror deals with tabboo to create a violent reject by the viewer, the purpose is to make him run away and never come again!
Death happens to be a great tabboo in western society, (for sane peoples :D) as much as incest, rape, child violence, etc. So if you say "that film is too much, I won't see ever again" the original purpose is achieved! And in a way we can say it's a good horror film because it kept the promise to disgust you.

Now each one of us has his own limit before he'll get reached by the horror feeling. And it appears Freudstein, Baron and I haven't found it yet :D. I believe it's just a matter of perspective, as if hardcore horror fan have a more developped sense of thinking in the heat of the action "this is not reality" than other peoples.


I guess our friend Johnny Thunder would have an interesting point of view on this subject.
 
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