Monday, April 30, 2007

The Eli Roth backlash begins?

I've yet to hear a serious connection between movies and/or games and the Virginia Tech shootings. Violent images certainly may have exacerbated the shooter's mental illness, but blaming media directly seems a stretch. But with the new cultural climate (and declining box office), studios are a little nervous about "torture" horror films. (NY Times)


Damian said...

Although my own distaste for Eli Roth was reaching "critical mass" well before the shootings at Virginia Tech occurred, I did predict that something like this might happen (and I don't say that to in any way create a sort of "I told You so" impression; that's not my point at all). Just as people's appettite for high-octaine, explosion-laden action movies all but halted in the wake of 9/11, I figured there might be a lack of enthusiasm for extremely violent films for a period. We are starting to see, I think, the results of that now.

Simon Crowe said...

I read your earlier posts a little while ago, and you accurately predicted the cultural situation....I do get frustrated with the offhand way that the media is blamed for things, especially in a case like this where the shooter was so clearly emotionally and mentally disturbed.

But, I'm happy to see what does feel like the end of the torture horror vogue. I avoid horror in general, so maybe some flops from Eli Roth & Co. will get a some different kind of films out there.

Jason Comerford said...

There's a pretty interesting article at Slate that makes a good case for a quantifiable connection between video game violence and real-world aggression:

Simon Crowe said...

Hmmm... Good article, although the study that proved kids are more aggressive playing video games after already having played other video games doesn't do much for me.

There are two things that bother me here, neither of which is likely to change anytime soon. a. The way the media jumps to violent video games & movies without any justification. and b.The fact that kids who are "different" in some way but definitely not homicidal may get unfairly painted with a sociopathic brush.....What do social scientists have to say about that?