By Edin Cosovic
Also called splatter films and gornos, these nasties were, and still are, the worst of the worst. The exact definition varies, as it’s a broad term, but the shortest and the one closest to summing it all up is saying torture porns are a category of horror films mainly focusing on violence and gore.
Anguish was present on screen from its earliest days (the first “murder” ever filmed being Thomas Edison’s 1895 short “The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots”), but the first movies really fitting the statement given above were Herschell Gordon Lewis’ cheesy works from the 60s and 70s like “Blood Feast,” “The Gore Gore Girls,” “Two Thousand Maniacs” (which can be considered as the first hixploitation, too), etc.
As time passed, less and less of those were coming out of studios in the US where it started, but started coming out on the other side of the ocean. They came most notably from the UK and Italy, and further east in Japan, a decent number was coming into the theatres every year.
However, they were a touchy subject to talk about. The situation changed in the last couple of decades: with the speed of light, what was a taboo topic became a trend among the creative minds of the industry, from the Land of the Rising Sun to Los Angeles.
10. High Tension (2003)
Alexandre Aja’s breakthrough, featuring the talented Cécile de France and Maïwenn Besco as college best friends; and the veteran of the Seventh Art, Philippe Nahon as the unnamed killer, was the one that redefined modern French horror and paid homage to the classics.
Though the ending was not the best idea, the ambient of the old farm was way creepier than it is in many similar movies. The tension was unbearable, the
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