My take on this is; Absolutely not.
I understand the wide scope of material that art can embrace. I also detest censorship of any art whatsoever. I just fail to see the worth in filling one’s mind with graphically detailed images of ultra-violence and (more commonly) predation upon women.
What purpose do they serve, other than pandering to some of the most base and crass impulses people can possibly have? What valid purpose does endless footage of people being turned into pulp and mincemeat serve towards the end of elevating our spirits and minds? I comprehend that one’s entire life need not be spent in pursuit of that which uplifts. Yet, it remains incomprehensible to me how or why people would willingly seek to fill their brains with such repellent and lurid imagery.
I enjoy being able to recollect stirring or inspirational experiences from my past. Knowingly arranging it so that my mind should be occasionally flooded with remembrance of such twisted and psychotic material goes well beyond what I consider acceptable. I fully understand that some might argue how such media serves to sublimate socially taboo urges or inclinations. Still, I consider pandering to them in the first place as (at least) minor validation of such tendencies.
It would be too easy to compare slasher movies to soft core pornography. I find this inappropriate, as soft core pornography serves some sort of useful and benign function by comparison. A more apt resemblance might be found in “snuff” flicks or Hentai rape animation. Many valid arguments could be made showing that numerous books also deal with such questionable subject matter. I find that slasher films represent an enormous diversion of resources compared to printed material. There is also an element of “realistic” simulation involved in movie making that begins to place a societal stamp of approval upon such productions.
In an age of increasing violence and especially violent juvenile crime, I am obliged to reconsider the worth of such glorified savagery. To paraphrase Michael Nesmith:
“It’s unbelievable that grown men and women would stoop to such depths to make a few lousy million dollars.”[ul]Elephant Parts[/ul]