Posts Tagged: The Walking Dead


20
Mar 15

Has The Walking Dead Become Mere… ‘Torture Porn”?

I always did enjoy well crafted horror, but, despite my having written some extreme fiction, I don’t have the stomach for some extreme imagery in film and television. This last episode of THE WALKING DEAD…well…I keep starting to swear off The Walking Dead but then they do something that makes me curious. They’re very clever at that. And the actors are good, direction is good, dialogue is good…So I grudgingly start watching again. I think they may finally have pushed me too far. They seem to have crossed a line into torture porn. Watching two characters get eaten alive, in one episode, up close and personal, drawing the process out…showing most of it…and one of them a beloved character … the whole bit with the revolving door was very clever…But…

And the recent sequence about the horse being eaten alive was altogether too cruel, to say the least. And it wasn’t long ago that the production terrified a baby–actually terrified it–in order to get it scream in fear on camera.

Probably as there are, if I recollect rightly, just two more episodes in this season, I’ll watch them, having watched all the others. Curiosity mostly. But I doubt I return next season. I mean, I had feelings akin to PTSD, from watching this latest episode. The show’s all misery, all the time. Not that it probably wouldn’t be like that if it played out in the world, given the premise. But it’s just depressing. And now this latest–I’ll have distressing memories of that imagery every time I go through a revolving door. They really didn’t have to *show* that stuff happening. Up close.

Also it seemed to me there were other solutions to the character’s dilemma…

And here’s more about the infant-child abuse that–arguably–took place on the set of The Walking Dead, all for your entertainment: http://www.john-shirley.com/blog/?p=2459


14
Oct 14

Child Abuse on the Set of The Walking Dead? Quite Possibly So.

Saw the season premier of The Walking Dead which was well directed, edited, well made– and played out exactly as I assumed it would. It was a pretty disturbing episode but what disturbed me most was not the fiction but the real life bit: there’s a baby in the show, right? They showed a bad guy grabbing the baby, threatening to kill it unless someone disarms. Right. Okay but this was *a real baby* and the real baby was genuinely frightened by the actor. Really frightened. Really small baby. Parents? Off camera, watching. Hey, a paycheck is a paycheck. Baby harmed? Perhaps not. But was it right to *actually* terrify an *actual* baby for your entertainment?

It was not. I’ve often seen really small children on various shows, and you can see they’re unhappy and pressured. They are looking out of shot at their parents…

But this is the worst I’ve seen. That baby was terrified by that actor and what he was doing.

I think they should be called on this.

That baby was terrified and *terrified is hurt*.