->''"In her absolutely splendid novel'' Literature/AlifTheUnseen'', G. Willow Wilson has a character ask whether a given book counts as eastern literature. In reply, Vikram the Vampire says, “There is a very simple test. Is it about bored, tired people having sex?” When the character confirms that the book does, Vikram proclaims it western literature. It’s terribly clever, but omits a key subgenre: bored, tired people being terribly violent."''\\
--'''[[http://www.philipsandifer.com/2013/08/outside-government-combat.html Phillip Sandifer]]'''

Any work which gives heavy, focused attention to ColdBloodedTorture and/or mutilation of someone. This is usually associated with popular HorrorFilms from the TurnOfTheMillennium; the term was [[TropeNamers coined]] in 2006 by film critic David Edelstein to [[http://nymag.com/movies/features/15622/ describe]] films like ''Film/{{Hostel}}'', ''Film/{{Saw}}'', ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'', and ''Film/WolfCreek''. However, it can be found in older {{Exploitation Film}}s as well as various other works, as long as seeing or reading about people suffering slow, agonizing, torturous deaths is the point of the work.

This isn't to show how wrong it is, as much as to give the audience some visceral thrills. Thus works will give lots of details (whether written, verbal, or visual) of the torture.

Films of this type may inspire one to jump up and shout "TheAristocrats!" just to break the tension.

Although the term was popularized in the early [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]] with the rise of films focusing on this, the genre has been around for a lot longer.

Now despite the name not referring to actual pornography, some films have combined both (and have thus become notorious for it).

A SisterTrope to {{Gorn}}, MutilationInterrogation (and often overlaps with both), {{Cuckold}} (the emotional equivalent).

Contrast TooKinkyToTorture (the victim enjoys it more than anyone else).

Not to be confused with hardcore S&M (since the torture there is more playing around), nor finding torture to be FetishFuel (although some suspect some of these films invoke that).



* The genre is parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj87E-bc3xE a commercial]] for Woolite fabric softener directed by Music/RobZombie.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/FrankenFran'': In one episode Fran (unknowingly) takes part in a torture porn movie. When she realizes what she took part in (and that it involved an actor playing her creator), she punishes the director appropriately.

* The first issue of the ''HackSlash'' ongoing series had Cassie being captured and mutilated by a torture porn-inspired slasher named Doctor Gross.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom, particularly the brony community, is notorious for producing {{dark fic}}s that dive straight into this trope.
** ''FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}'', an infamous fanfic about Pinkie Pie torturing and killing Rainbow Dash, helped popularize this trend. Most of the below-listed ''MLP'' fics were arguably inspired, at least in part, by ''Cupcakes''.
** ''FanFic/PagesOfHarmony'' is made of this trope.
** ''FanFic/CheerileesGarden'' takes this to disturbingly graphic levels. [[spoiler: Sixteen times]].
** ''FanFic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'' often dips into this, with lovingly-detailed first person narrated scenes of torture, mutilation, rape, and BodyHorror.
** ''FanFic/{{Pattycakes}}'' as well.
* 120 Days of Blueblood, a MLP version of the notorious 120 Days of Sodom (see Film and Literature)
* ''Reprise'', the prequel to ''{{Fanfic/Hivefled}}'', is explicitly described as torture porn by the author. Uhh, somewhat more literal than most examples, [[RapeAsDrama all]] [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence things]] [[VillainousIncest considered]].
* The notorious ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' fanfic ''Agony in Pink'', which describes the Pink Ranger being tortured to death in loving detail and was at the centre of a moral panic over online porn in Australia.
* The equally notorious ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' fanfic ''Celebrian'', which speculates on what the Orcs may have done to Celebrian to traumatise her so much in unbelievably obsessive and physically-implausible detail. It's commonly used as a challenge fic to see how much you can read in one sitting before, depending on your level of sensitivity, being [[{{Squick}} squicked]] out or [[IkeaErotica bored]] into submission.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6456401/12/Rise-Against Chapter 12 of Rise Against]] dips into this, spending most of its time as a graphic torture scene. As for who's being tortured? [[{{Kirby}} Meta Knight]]. Also, [[DarkFic the fic]] is currently on hiatus, and that's the most recently posted chapter.

* Any adaptation of the Sylvia Likens case, which boils down to children raping and torturing another child to death under the guidance of an insane woman. Creator/StephenKing called ''The Girl Next Door'' (probably the most infamous of the films) one of the most disturbing and heart wrenching things he's ever seen.
* The two first films from the ''The Guinea Pig Collection''; ''Devil's Experiment'' and ''Flower Of Flesh and Blood'', the latter of which was mistaken for a real SnuffFilm by Creator/CharlieSheen.
* ''An Experiment in Torture'', the plot of which is just "strippers are captured and tortured to death."
* ''Train'', which begins with a man being skinned alive.
* ''W Delta Z'' and it's American counterpart, ''Scar 3D''.
* ''Memorial Day'' at first seems to be a fairly standard slasher film, but then it develops a mean streak when the villain stops outright killing people and begins mutilating and torturing them, forcing one girl to crawl across razor blades while he beats with a hot metal bar.
* The Uwe Boll film ''Seed'', infamous for a scene in which a woman is [[DropTheHammer beaten with a hammer]] for five uninterrupted minutes.
* ''Cannibal'', the film adaptation of the strange case of Armin Meiwes, the man who found someone willing to be killed and cannibalized. Apparently mind-shatteringly horrifying, to the point that it could probably be easily mistaken for the actual recording Meiwes made of his crime, which drove the jurors who saw it to psychological counseling.
** That film's maker would later go on to create ''The Angel's Melancholy'', an even more horrifying depraved "art" film that some have called the most repulsive motion picture ever conceived.
* ''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.
* Most {{Nazisploitation}}, the probable TropeMaker for that being ''Film/IlsaSheWolfOfTheSS''.
** On a related note, a lot of films about WorldWarII-era Japan, like ''Film/MenBehindTheSun'' and ''Philosophy of a Knife''.
* ''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 ''Film/{{Saw}}'' films. While the first film is actually fairly light on explicit gore, the sequels (especially from the third one on) most certainly ''aren't'', and the series as a whole is the TropeCodifier for the genre.
* ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' and its sequels.
* ''Film/IchiTheKiller'', when Kakihara or the twins are around.
* The French film ''Film/{{Martyrs}}'' (which a lot seem to categorize as "too ''good'' to be mere torture porn") starts as a bloody revenge flick on a seemingly normal family, devolves into humiliation torture, and ends with [[spoiler:the martyr being [[FlayingAlive graphically skinned alive]], left to hang that way, and her long-sought otherworldy revelations [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driving her captor to suicide]]]].
* ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'' and its sequel.
* 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.
* Certain {{Giallo}} films. Most don't feature gore, just minimal specific incidents of violence which could hardly be classified as torture porn, but some of the most extreme ones (on the borderline with the horror genre) such as Fulci's ''[[Film/DontTortureADuckling Non si sevizia un paperino]] (Don't Torture A Duckling)'' do qualify for this trope.
* ''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.
* ''Film/PinkFlamingos'', the film to start with if you're interested in the work of Creator/JohnWaters, plays with this trope mockingly. One scene, one very long and uncomfortable scene, features a man having sex with a chicken (resulting in bloody lacerations for the nude gentleman and an onscreen death for the chicken), and another features what can best be described as "a heartwarming torture sequence wherein women are beaten in a basement and raped with a turkey baster, with the resulting babies being sold to lesbians." Thankfully, John Waters is parodying the "True Crime" genre, so it's usually meant to be (disturbingly) funny.
* ''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.
* The works of Lucifer Valentine, collectively known as "Franchise/TheVomitGoreTrilogy".
* ''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/TheSinfulDwarf''
* ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacreTheBeginning''
* ''Film/TheCollector'' and its sequel.
* ''Film/SickGirl'', which has what is possibly the most disturbing girl on girl rape scene ever.
* The "fucked up fondue" scene in ''WrongTurn4BloodyBeginnings'', along with a few other instances, like death via electroshock, and dismemberment on a makeshift, barbed wire rack.
* ''Offspring'' and its pseudo-sequel, ''Film/TheWoman''.
* 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. There's a reason why we had to cut the tropes and lock the film's page -- there was just ''no way'' to describe the film's content without getting out of family-friendly territory.
** The same goes for the ''Film/AugustUnderground'' trilogy, which could be easily mistaken for actual [[SnuffFilm Snuff Films]].
* A few attempts at BlackComedy torture pornos include ''Otis, Neighbor'' and ''Film/TheLovedOnes''.
* 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]] ''Cinderhella'', which can be roughly described as a teen slasher version of ''Saw'', complete with that series' ridiculous traps.
* ''Scrapbook'': A sadistic psychopath abducts women, tortures them, and forces them to chronicle their experiences in a book he is deluded enough to think he can get published.
* ''The Bunny Game''. Though there the focus is more on extreme psychological torture and humiliation, that isn't to say there isn't some physical abuse.
* The slew of 1970s films centered around witch persecution (no doubt inspired by 1968's ''Witchfinder General'') 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).

* ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'', though not the film based on it.
* ''Haunted'' by Chuck Palahniuk - "Guts" is one of the featured short stories.
* Creator/MarquisDeSade is the TropeMaker, and one of the most infamous authors in history; the word "sadism" was named after him.
* In Australia during the 1960s and early 1970s, a quite strange genre of pulp fiction flourished and then suddenly died away, in the form of short novels (around 128 pages each, or occasionally slightly longer) which were mainly set during World War II, and focused on the experiences of prisoners-of-war or others who opposed the Japanese or Nazis in any way. The novels focused on incidents such as interrogation and torture of these prisoners, their attempts to escape, and such matters - and the ill-treatment and torture of the prisoners was focused on in great detail. Often women were the victims (also of sexual abuse), and ways were devised of bringing them into what you would expect to be mainly a male environment.[softreturn]Many of these novels were written under the names "John Slater" and "Jim Kent", although many of the works are believed to be the work of one Ray Slattery, who also published other war-related work under his own name; the covers had lurid covers of torture scenes, and had titles like "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 ("Sold for Pleasure").[softreturn]For a while the books could be found quite easily in used bookshops, and especially in various kinds of charity shops in Australia, but then they became quite rare and expense. Some suspected that one reason why the books became rare was that the lurid covers and titles offended the conservative sensibilities of the older women who often worked in these charity shops, and so got tossed out in the rubbish. So the books over time went from costing sometimes only a few cents each to the current situation where, if you find one, it could easily cost you $20 or $30, or even much more.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* There's a reason that Jack Bauer from ''Series/TwentyFour'' has a [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique trope named after him]]. The ways in which he acquires information from his prisoners - and how these ways are both shown and described - fall about as close to this category as one can get on network television.
* The occasional short on ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie''.
* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'', especially the second season.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros Vengeance on Varos]]", which depending on your view is either a prescient satire on the genre or an early, ugly example. By earlier, milder standards "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]" had quite a lot of torture scenes.
* [[spoiler:Theon]]'s subplot in season 3 of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' devolves into this.
* Parodied in ''Lovebites''. In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL2NEEgiFVc Coming Attractions]]", the protagonist couple Max and Katie are watching previews in the theater, when the trailer for a movie called ''Open Hearts'' comes up. It looks like a romantic drama at first, but it quickly turns out that the boyfriend in the movie is a depraved SerialKiller who proceeds to graphically torture the woman to death in ''very'' prolongued fashion while [[EvilLaugh laughing psychotically]]. The two are rather disturbed by it.
* The [[BrokenBase base-breaking]] ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' episode "That's My Dog", in which David is kidnapped, sexually-assaulted, tortured and nearly killed by a psychopathic hitch-hiker.
* The Winchesters experience this a lot in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.

* The music video for the Music/{{Eminem}} song "3 a.m." was described as this by ''New York Magazine''.
* [[TearJerker "Back Pack"]] by AndrewJacksonJihad invokes this in the second verse to sad and horrifying effect.

* AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho dives into this trope on occasion. The episodes [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho034SpareParts "Spare Parts"]], [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho040Jubilee "Jubilee"]], [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho052Scherzo "Scherzo"]],[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho053TheCreedOfTheKromon "The Creed Of The Kromon"]] and [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho054TheNaturalHistoryOfFear "The Natural History Of Fear"]] (the last three of which follow each other directly) immediately come to mind.
** The Fifth Doctor is a frequent recipient of torture in Creator/BigFinish in general, to the point where it hardly even fazes him anymore. His very first episode had him breaking his leg, being strapped into a torture device and screaming in agony in the background for an entire scene while Seven and Six calmly discussed how to save the day.

[[folder: Theater]]
* 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.
* The Grand Guignol theater in UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, open from [[TheGayNineties 1897]] to [[TheSixties 1962]], was a legendary purveyor of this, especially during its height in the [[TheRoaringTwenties interwar]] [[TheGreatDepression period]]. The name of the theater is still occasionally used as shorthand for graphic, highly stylized and fetishized violence.
* Theatre/OedipusTheKing has Oedipus emerge having learnt of what he's done, [[EyeScream now having gouged out his own eyes]]. Medea features an extremely graphic description of what happened when Glauce put on a dress covered in highly acidic poison, and when her father hugged her body with this skin-dissolving venom still in effect.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Some of the scenes in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' can fall into this, particularly in earlier versions. In more recent history, handlers have been attempting to avert this due to both realism and good taste. However, you still get moments where {{Gorn}} conspicuously comes up in a manner similar to this trope.
* ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob'' reviews some of these films, and even admits the term was just made up by snobs like him so they could look down on modern horror movies[[labelnote:*]]Not that he thinks highly of many older horror films[[/labelnote]].
* WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends