Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ripped Posters, The Aftermath of the Banning of 'Dead Hooker in a Trunk' by the Roxy Theater in Saskatoon

Sole surviving poster. Hope she's still up tomorrow. Probably not.

Torn poster. Ignorance couldn't rip through heavy duty tape.

More destroyed posters. The sad reality that people take things for surface value rather than what's actually there in front of them. Ironically, the film is facing the same-close mindedness from these individuals as the people they are 'protecting' do.

The more things change the more they stay the same
The more things change the more they stay the same
The more things change the more they stay the same
The more things change the more they stay the same

-Bon Jovi, lyrics from The More Things Change

My sincerest and most heartfelt apologies to John Allison for all this misdirected community outrage. After reading account after account of authorities 'not taking the problem seriously' in regards to actual murder victims, I am surprised that these efforts are being focused on the creative expression of independent artists rather than where it actually belongs.

Actually, not surprised. Just deeply saddened.



  1. People don't really give a shit about the dead. They only care about fiction, because they know they can't do anything about real murder. Because it has existed since the dawn of time, and so far, no one has come up with a good solution as to how to prevent it, other than, don't go where a murderer is. The only problem with that is, what if murderer's are just people like you and me, and what if a movie title has nothing to do with people getting killed?
    Suddenly, these idiots realize what rational, sane human beings have known all along. You can't stop violence, and it has nothing to do with art.

  2. reposted: I haven't seen the film. That said, I have only an opinion about the Title and the Subject Matter.
    I personally think the title is extremely appropriate, when I think of satirical, over-the-top, stereotypical exploitation-film name for a grindhouseesque film... "Dead Hooker in a Trunk" kinda sums it nicely, well done on the title.
    Let's look at some other popular 'grind-film' names: Cannibal Holocaust, Death Race 2000, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, I Spit on Your Grave....
    notice something here?
    death and shock
    hell there's a whole subgenre of exploitation films called "Rape/Revenge" in which "a woman is raped, left for dead, recovers and then subsequently exacts a typically graphic, gory revenge against the person/persons who raped her."
    Carol J Clover, a feminist and a Professor in film studies at Berkeley has given support to these films. "Although these films seem to offer sadistic pleasure to their viewers, Clover argues that these films are designed to align spectators not with the male tormentor, but with the female victim—the "final girl"—who finally defeats her oppressor."
    I know it strays a little from the subject... but these films are usually for a little absurd adult entertainment... and yet a professional has taken the time to write a book about how they can be culturally beneficial??