Snuff Takes a Holiday

In this week’s Los Angeles Times, critic Joe Queenan celebrates the silver lining at the multiplexes this summer: the “laughable box-office performance” of sadistic torture movies (what David Edelstein of New York magazine has dubbed “torture porn”). This trend, Queenan writes, “nurtures a slender hope that mutilation (and its kid-sister, self-mutilation), binding, unauthorized coed kidney excision, immolation and general depravity may be going out of fashion.” Alas, Bratz remains.