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Monday, April 30, 2007

Torture Porn: NO


Today's NYT's business section features a long article about the economic downturn the Virginia Tech slayings will have on a genre of film the industry self-describes as "torture porn." These are the current horror movies with titles like "Hostel: Part II", "Saw", "Dead Silence", "The Hills Have Eyes", "Grindhouse", "The Reaping", and "Vacancy".
The formula is simple: beautiful bodies (usually women), sex, blood and gore, fear and screaming. There is no good outcome for this. This is spiritually toxic. So why write about it? I make a plea to all youth pastors to push for a boycott of this mind-trash. Use your incredible media savvy and creativity to divert away from and divert to something of substance and value, something that creates a good.

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