Friday, February 29, 2008
English-subtitled trailer for Art of the Devil 3
How can this film be shown in Thailand? I mean, this is the place where Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was censored, because it was deemed to be too gruesome.
Well, I think the 1:22 minutes of this trailer is far more graphic and stomach churning than all the blood-letting (not to mention Johnny Depp's attempts at singing) in Sweeney Todd.
I guess it is all in the editing. Where Tim Burton did not flinch from showing the razor slice a man's neck, and gallons of blood flowing out, Art of the Devil 3's Ronin Team cuts away at the very last microsecond before the scissors slice through a man's tongue, leaving it to sound and stylization techniques to heighten the impact.
I have mixed feelings about the Art of the Devil films, which I am struggling to put together, because, well because I'm a big scaredy cat, and I haven't seen any of them.
I will say I am not enamored by this particular genre of torture porn that seems to be growing more in popularity and becoming more and more explicit. I saw Saw. That was enough for me; haven't seen the sequels. Nor have I seen Hostel. But there are other of these kinds of films I've liked, such as Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, which I think have a broader, less sinister appeal.
Art of the Devil 3 (Llong Kong 2) opens in Thailand cinemas on April 3.
(Via 24 Frames per Second, Five Star Production)