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11th Jun '17 12:14:00 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* You [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples may or may not be surprised]] to learn that there's a Creator/WilliamShakespeare play that comes about as close to this as you can get on a stage: Theatre/TitusAndronicus.

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* You [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples may or may not be surprised]] to learn that there's a Creator/WilliamShakespeare play that comes about as close to this as you can get on a stage: Theatre/TitusAndronicus.''Theatre/TitusAndronicus''.
2nd May '17 11:48:37 AM CL
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A SisterTrope to {{Gorn}}, MutilationInterrogation (and often overlaps with both), {{Cuckold}} (the emotional equivalent). Potential subgenres include {{Nazisploitation}} and RapeAndRevenge.

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A SisterTrope to {{Gorn}}, MutilationInterrogation (and often overlaps with both), {{Cuckold}} (the emotional equivalent). Potential subgenres Genres that more often than not center around this include {{Nazisploitation}} and RapeAndRevenge.
2nd May '17 11:45:44 AM CL
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A SisterTrope to {{Gorn}}, MutilationInterrogation (and often overlaps with both), {{Cuckold}} (the emotional equivalent).

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A SisterTrope to {{Gorn}}, MutilationInterrogation (and often overlaps with both), {{Cuckold}} (the emotional equivalent). \n Potential subgenres include {{Nazisploitation}} and RapeAndRevenge.



* One of the earliest films to get this reputation was ''Film/WitchfinderGeneral'', which was very loosely based on actual incidents of seventeenth-century witch-hunting in East Anglia and paid unusual attention for the time to the detailed torture and execution of victims.

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* One of the earliest films to get this reputation was ''Film/WitchfinderGeneral'', which was very loosely based on actual incidents of seventeenth-century witch-hunting in East Anglia and paid unusual attention for the time to the detailed torture and execution of victims. It went on to inspire a number of more gratuitous imitators, such as ''Mark of the Devil'' and ''The Bloody Judge'' (which star Creator/ChristopherLee, who repeatedly butted heads with the director over the unsavory content, refused to watch after it was finished).



%%* ''Film/TheSinfulDwarf''



%%* ''Film/TheCollector'' and its sequel.



%%* ''Offspring'' and its pseudo-sequel, ''Film/TheWoman''.




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* A British pulp fiction publisher, Creator/NewEnglishLibrary, specialized in this sort of stuff, which garnered it the nickname "Nasty, Explicit and Lurid". Their short novellas (usually around 128 pages each, and supposedly written mainly by Ray Slattery under names like "John Slater" and "Jim Kent") were primarily set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and focused on the experiences of prisoners-of-war or others who opposed the Japanese or Nazis in any way. The covers had lurid illustrations of torture scenes, and the titles included the likes of ''Torture Road'', ''Women of Ravensbruck'', ''Pleasure Camp'', and so on in endless permutations. A few of the novels were outside the war setting but came up with other settings in which similar scenes could occur, such as white women being sold into slavery in Middle-Eastern countries. For a while, the novellas could be found quite easily in used bookshops, but then they became quite rare and expensive. Some suspect that one reason why the books became rare was that the lurid covers and titles offended the conservative sensibilities of the older people who often worked in these charity shops, and so they got tossed out in the rubbish.
20th Apr '17 6:42:35 PM Dravencour
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* Creator/MarquisDeSade is the TropeMaker, and one of the most infamous authors in history; the word "sadism" was named after him.

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* The Creator/MarquisDeSade is the TropeMaker, and one of the most infamous authors in history; the word "sadism" was named after him.
him. His most infamous work was ''Literature/The120DaysOfSodom'' which had four libertines and their accomplices kidnapping and abusing sixteen children over 120 days.
10th Apr '17 4:56:35 PM DustSnitch
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* Creator/MelGibson got this kind of reputation through his movies ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' and ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', which both featured prolonged and graphic scenes of torture, punishment and human sacrifice. Critics of the former often nicknamed it ''"The {{Jesus}} [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Chainsaw Massacre]]''" for its extreme violence. Some touch on the "Porn" aspect of "Torture Porn" as well regarding ''Passion'', with David Edelstein (the {{Trope Namer|s}}) calling it tantamount to a SnuffFilm and Creator/StephenKing pointing out that its violence is taken to a fetishistic level.

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* Creator/MelGibson got this kind of reputation through his movies ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' and ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', which both featured prolonged and graphic scenes of torture, punishment and human sacrifice. Critics of the former often nicknamed it ''"The {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Chainsaw Massacre]]''" for its extreme violence. Some touch on the "Porn" aspect of "Torture Porn" as well regarding ''Passion'', with David Edelstein (the {{Trope Namer|s}}) calling it tantamount to a SnuffFilm and Creator/StephenKing pointing out that its violence is taken to a fetishistic level.
27th Feb '17 3:20:18 AM erforce
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* Averted for the original ''Film/TexasChainsawMassacre'', which was almost BloodlessCarnage. However, the BloodierAndGorier sequels and remakes can count for this.

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* Averted for the original ''Film/TexasChainsawMassacre'', ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'', which was almost BloodlessCarnage. However, the BloodierAndGorier sequels and remakes can count for this.
31st Jan '17 1:36:10 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' films. While the [[Film/SawI first film]] is actually fairly light on explicit gore (and was more of a straight serial-killer story along the lines of ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' than a straight example of this genre), the sequels (especially from the [[Film/SawIII third one]] on) most certainly ''aren't'', and the series as a whole is the TropeCodifier for the genre.
* ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' and its sequels.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' films. While the [[Film/SawI first film]] is actually fairly light on explicit gore (and was more of a straight serial-killer story along the lines of ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' than a straight example of this genre), the sequels (especially from the [[Film/SawIII third one]] on) most certainly ''aren't'', and the series as a whole is the TropeCodifier for the genre.
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Ironically, the third film had an aversion of the literal meaning of this trope. In one of the traps, a woman in a room-sized freezer is sprayed with ice-cold water, and will freeze to death unless the protagonist can reach the key to her escape. The woman was to be fully clothed in the original version, but the director chose to have her naked instead -- not to make the scene sexier, but to make it ''less'' sexualized and avoid a [[WetSariScene wet T-shirt scene]].
* ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' and its sequels.sequels, in which tourists (in [[{{Ruritania}} Eastern Europe]] in the first two films, in UsefulNotes/LasVegas in the third) are kidnapped to be tortured to death by rich sadists.
28th Jan '17 7:47:38 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' contained scenes that were believable enough, at the time, to result in the arrest of the director, foreshadowing Creator/CharlieSheen's snuff film fears by about twenty years. Includes [[spoiler: rape with a foreign object followed by bludgeoning of the victim]], dissection, cannibalism (of course), and an incredibly well-designed impalement scene which still is occasionally posted online as a real occurrence. To make it worse, all the animals that died in the movie were actually killed, leading to the "No Animals Were Harmed In the Making of this Film" disclaimer at the end of every movie; and the director made all the cast sign contracts to keep out of public sight and take no new work for a year to help sell the illusion that the film was genuine; the director in fact had to bring the actors onto a talk show to prove that he hadn't actually killed them during filming.

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* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' contained scenes that were believable enough, at the time, to result in the arrest of the director, foreshadowing Creator/CharlieSheen's snuff film fears by about twenty years. Includes [[spoiler: rape with a foreign object followed by bludgeoning of the victim]], dissection, cannibalism [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]] (of course), and an incredibly well-designed impalement [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impalement]] scene which still is occasionally posted online as a real occurrence. To make it worse, all the animals that died in the movie were actually killed, leading to the "No Animals Were Harmed In the Making of this Film" disclaimer at the end of every movie; and the director made all the cast sign contracts to keep out of public sight and take no new work for a year to help sell the illusion that the film was genuine; the director in fact had to bring the actors onto a talk show to prove that he hadn't actually killed them during filming.
31st Dec '16 3:25:56 PM SilverShadow2722
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* ''[[FanFic/BloomingMoonChronicles Because Love Conquers All]]'', where Luna and her husband, [[OriginalCharacter Scrivener Blooms]], brutally torture Applejack and Rainbow Dash. In Dash's case, they brainwash him (yes, Dash is male in this story) into murdering Applejack.
8th Dec '16 4:35:23 AM TomServo3000
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%%* ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacreTheBeginning''

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%%* ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacreTheBeginning''* Averted for the original ''Film/TexasChainsawMassacre'', which was almost BloodlessCarnage. However, the BloodierAndGorier sequels and remakes can count for this.
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