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22nd Jul '17 12:40:24 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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* ''Film/GoodbyeUncleTom'', an Italian {{Mondo}} film that provides an extensive catalogue of the horrors of slavery in the United States and practically revels in the exploitation, humiliation, and torture.


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* ''Film/HouseOf1000Corpses'' and its sequel, ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'' by Creator/RobZombie feature a backwoods clan of deranged serial killers who commit various physical, sexual, and psychological tortures on their innocent victims.


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* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. While most of [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Quentin Tarantino's]] works veer more towards {{Gorn}} and ExploitationFilm than Torture Porn, this film features a fair amount of lovingly depicted torture inflicted mostly on [[AcceptableTargets Nazis]]. Several Nazi soldiers have swastikas carved onto their foreheads with a Bowie knife, one officer is psychologically tortured before having his head crushed with a baseball bat, and a character sticks his finger into a bullethole in a woman's leg, among other examples.


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* ''Film/{{Nekromantik}}'', which features several people being killed by a necrophiliac and includes a graphic, real scene of a rabbit being killed and skinned.


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* The [[Recap/TheWalkingDeadS07E01TheDayWillComeWhenYouWontBe Season 7 premiere]] of ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. Newly introduced BigBad Negan brutally murders two main characters, gleefully smashing their skulls with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire until nothing is left but {{Gorn}}. He taunts and torments their friends, who are ForcedToWatch the entire time. He psychologically breaks series protagonist Rick Grimes, physically dominating him and later almost forcing him to sever his own son's arm with a hatchet until he is left a sobbing, blubbering wreck.
22nd Jul '17 12:17:30 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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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).

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* One ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' contained scenes that were believable enough, at the time, to result in the arrest of the earliest films to get this reputation was ''Film/WitchfinderGeneral'', 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, [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]] (of course), and an incredibly well-designed [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impalement]] scene which was very loosely based on actual incidents of seventeenth-century witch-hunting in East Anglia and paid unusual attention for still is occasionally posted online as a real occurrence. To make it worse, all the time animals that died in the movie were actually killed, leading to the detailed torture "No Animals Were Harmed In the Making of this Film" disclaimer at the end of every movie; 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 made all the unsavory content, refused cast sign contracts to watch after it keep out of public sight and take no new work for a year to help sell the illusion that the film was finished).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.
* ''Film/{{Captivity}}''. Chiefly notorious for its [[http://web.archive.org/web/20081208024154/http://articles.latimes.com/2007/mar/18/local/me-lopez18 incredibly tasteless marketing campaign]], which led Creator/JossWhedon and Jill Soloway to campaign for the film to be re-rated. Its critical and commercial failure ended up killing off the genre in mainstream cinema releases, and [[StarDerailingRole did lasting damage]] to the careers of both its star Elisha Cuthbert and director Roland Joffe.
* ''Film/{{Carver}}'', which is about a hillbilly SnuffFilm maker prone to mutilating some of his victims through means that include pliers to the balls, or a nail hammered into a bodypart, then wrenched out and hammered in again.
* ''Film/{{Detention}}'' parodies the genre with the [[ShowWithinAShow Film Within a Film]] ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC4vJhgJSq0 Cinderhella II: Beauty Scream]]'', which can be roughly described as a teen slasher version of ''Saw'', complete with that series' ridiculous traps and a killer with a similar moralistic attitude. The titular killer forces a teenage girl to dig a red slipper out of her abdomen within two minutes as punishment for [[DeathBySex having premarital sex]], lest her head be blown up with an assortment of buzzsaws and drills. Sloan, a cheerleader [[FishOutOfTemporalWater from 1992]] who's [[FreakyFridayFlip stuck in her daughter Ione's body]] ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]), is absolutely blown away by the film and how different it is from the slashers she grew up with.



* ''Film/{{Unthinkable}}'': Nuclear bombs are set to go off, and it's up to Creator/SamuelLJackson to torture their whereabouts out of the man who planted them.
* ''Film/SaloOrThe120DaysOfSodom'' is often considered an early example of this genre. Granted, the Creator/MarquisDeSade novel it's based on is ''even more'' infamous.
* 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.\\\
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]].

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* ''Film/{{Unthinkable}}'': Nuclear bombs are set to go off, and it's up to Creator/SamuelLJackson The ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' films, which feature the hedonistic, extremely sadomasochistic Cenobites, hellbound humans who have AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and, if summoned, return to torture and kill their whereabouts out of the man who planted them.
* ''Film/SaloOrThe120DaysOfSodom'' is often considered an early example of this genre. Granted, the Creator/MarquisDeSade novel it's based on is ''even more'' infamous.
* 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.\\\
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]].
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* ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'' trilogy combines this with BodyHorror. The worst stuff was [[GoryDiscretionShot merely alluded to]] in the first film, though the second one went out of its way to show it in [[BloodierAndGorier full, gory, scatological detail]], before [[UpToEleven plunging straight into]] SelfParody with the third installment.
* ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'', probably the most infamous RapeAndRevenge movie of all time. Not so much the original film, save for the horrifying rape scene, but the revenge portion of the remake definitely falls into this.



* ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'': Most of its drama comes in the form of the torture and rape of two young women.
* Many of Creator/LucioFulci's films, especially ''Film/TheNewYorkRipper'', where a stripper is killed by having a broken bottle ground into her crotch.



* ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'' combines this with BodyHorror. The worst stuff was [[GoryDiscretionShot merely alluded to]] in the first film, though the second one went out of its way to show it in [[BloodierAndGorier full, gory, scatological detail]].



* ''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, [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]] (of course), and an incredibly well-designed [[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.



* ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'': Most of its drama comes in the form of the torture and rape of two young women.
* ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'', probably the most infamous RapeAndRevenge movie of all time. Not so much the original film, save for the horrifying rape scene, but the revenge portion of the remake definitely falls into this.
* ''Film/{{Carver}}'', which is about a hillbilly SnuffFilm maker prone to mutilating some of his victims through means that include pliers to the balls, or a nail hammered into a bodypart, then wrenched out and hammered in again.
* ''Film/{{Captivity}}''. Chiefly notorious for its [[http://web.archive.org/web/20081208024154/http://articles.latimes.com/2007/mar/18/local/me-lopez18 incredibly tasteless marketing campaign]], which led Creator/JossWhedon and Jill Soloway to campaign for the film to be re-rated. Its critical and commercial failure ended up killing off the genre in mainstream cinema releases, and [[StarDerailingRole did lasting damage]] to the careers of both its star Elisha Cuthbert and director Roland Joffe.

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* ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'': Most ''Film/SaloOrThe120DaysOfSodom'' is often considered an early example of its drama comes in this genre. Granted, the form Creator/MarquisDeSade novel it's based on is ''even more'' infamous.
* 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.
** Ironically, the third film had an aversion
of the torture literal meaning of this trope. In one of the traps, a woman in a room-sized freezer is sprayed with ice-cold water, and rape of two young women.
* ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'', probably
will freeze to death unless the most infamous RapeAndRevenge movie of all time. Not so much protagonist can reach the key to her escape. The woman was to be fully clothed in the original film, save for the horrifying rape scene, version, but the revenge portion of the remake definitely falls into this.
* ''Film/{{Carver}}'', which is about a hillbilly SnuffFilm maker prone to mutilating some of his victims through means that include pliers to the balls, or a nail hammered into a bodypart, then wrenched out and hammered in again.
* ''Film/{{Captivity}}''. Chiefly notorious for its [[http://web.archive.org/web/20081208024154/http://articles.latimes.com/2007/mar/18/local/me-lopez18 incredibly tasteless marketing campaign]], which led Creator/JossWhedon and Jill Soloway to campaign for the film to be re-rated. Its critical and commercial failure ended up killing off the genre in mainstream cinema releases, and [[StarDerailingRole did lasting damage]] to the careers of both its star Elisha Cuthbert and
director Roland Joffe.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/ASerbianFilm'', which includes a woman having her teeth removed and then being suffocated to death via oral sex, a woman being decapitated while she's being sexually penetrated, a young boy being raped by his [[GagPenis well-endowed]] father, and, most infamously, "newborn porn."
* ''Film/SickGirl'', which has what is possibly the most disturbing girl on girl rape scene ever.



* ''Film/SickGirl'', which has what is possibly the most disturbing girl on girl rape scene ever.

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* ''Film/SickGirl'', which has what is possibly ''Film/{{Unthinkable}}'': Nuclear bombs are set to go off, and it's up to Creator/SamuelLJackson to torture their whereabouts out of the man who planted them.
* ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'': Subverted in-universe. When Max first sees the pirated Videodrome transmission, he thinks that it's
the most disturbing girl realistic torture exploitation he's ever seen, which is exactly what he thinks his channel's viewers will want. Only later does he realize that Videodrome's 'actors' don't ever return, and is a real SnuffFilm operation.
* A group of people are captured and forced to mutilate themselves in order to produce endorphins in ''Film/{{Vile}}''.
* One of the earliest films to get this reputation was ''Film/WitchfinderGeneral'', which was very loosely based
on girl rape scene ever.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).



* Many of Creator/LucioFulci's films, especially ''Film/TheNewYorkRipper'', where a stripper is killed by having a broken bottle ground into her crotch.
* ''Film/ASerbianFilm'', which is even more unsettling due to the abuse being sex-related, and involving children.
* A group of people are captured and forced to mutilate themselves in order to produce endorphins in ''Film/{{Vile}}''.
* ''Film/{{Detention}}'' parodies the genre with the [[ShowWithinAShow Film Within a Film]] ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC4vJhgJSq0 Cinderhella II: Beauty Scream]]'', which can be roughly described as a teen slasher version of ''Saw'', complete with that series' ridiculous traps and a killer with a similar moralistic attitude. The titular killer forces a teenage girl to dig a red slipper out of her abdomen within two minutes as punishment for [[DeathBySex having premarital sex]], lest her head be blown up with an assortment of buzzsaws and drills. Sloan, a cheerleader [[FishOutOfTemporalWater from 1992]] who's [[FreakyFridayFlip stuck in her daughter Ione's body]] ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]), is absolutely blown away by the film and how different it is from the slashers she grew up with.
* ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'': Subverted in-universe. When Max first sees the pirated Videodrome transmission, he thinks that it's the most realistic torture exploitation he's ever seen, which is exactly what he thinks his channel's viewers will want. Only later does he realize that Videodrome's 'actors' don't ever return, and is a real SnuffFilm operation.
22nd Jul '17 12:02:17 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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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. His most infamous work was ''Literature/The120DaysOfSodom'' which had four libertines and their accomplices kidnapping and abusing sixteen children over 120 days.

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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, and, unlike most examples on this page, his torture porn is also literally porn. His stories are full of rape, incest, bondage, sadomasochism, pedophilia, coprophilia, and necrophilia. His most infamous work was ''Literature/The120DaysOfSodom'' which had four libertines and their accomplices kidnapping and horrifically abusing sixteen children teenagers over 120 days.days. UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte had him thrown in jail after reading ''Justine'' (about a young woman who is raped, tortured, and sexually abused over many years for her virtue and purity), which is actually one of his milder works.
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.
genre.\\\
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.
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