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The UK Prepares to be Tortured on DVD





One film that has been kicking around forever is Twisted Pictures' latest foray into revenge and darkness, Rob Lieberman's The Tortured. Luckily for all parties concerned the flick finally has a DVD release date in the UK, and we've got a look at the DVD artwork to prove it!

The Tortured concerns an upper-middle-class couple (Jesse Metcalfe and Erika Christensen) who seize the opportunity to kidnap a ruthless pedophile (the ever-so-menacing Bill Moseley) after the person kidnaps and kills their only child.

There's no release date for the flick here in the States as of yet, but The Tortured will be debuting across the pond on August 30th. Look for more soon.

Check out the artwork below courtesy of Play.com!

The UK Prepares to be Tortured on DVD

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FireRam's picture

You gotta love a spouse that will get on board for a little basement torture. If something happened to a family member of mine and my wife (if I ever get married) turns to me and states "I want him dead" my only reply would be "I have never loved you more than I do right now".


Submitted by FireRam on Mon, 04/12/2010 - 7:56pm.
LMFAO! Touche
Terminal's picture

LMFAO! Touche FireRam.
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Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 04/12/2010 - 8:49pm.
Terminal's picture

Sounds like a cheap excuse to torture someone for ninety minutes and call it edgy entertainment.

Films like "Hard Candy" have already been there and done that quite well. And that Masters of Horror episode "Family" did it great as well.
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Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 04/12/2010 - 5:21pm.
Vanvance1's picture

I don't know, Hard Candy started off strong and then wussed part way through. I was very disappointed.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 1:11am.
Terminal's picture

Wussed? Nah, you're probably thinking about another movie. "Hard Candy" was essentially a payback film with a girl torturing a pedophile. Except it didn't have gore.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 1:23am.
Vanvance1's picture

She didn't actually castrate him.

Then the film gets weaker as it goes along.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 1:34am.
Terminal's picture

Who says torture has to involve bloodshed? You're missing the big picture. The whole part of the torture was humiliating him, berating him and reducing him to a whimpering, simpering little pussy begging for his balls from a little kid. That's torture. That's true torture.

Look up torture methods and you'll find half of it isn't reliant on physical pain and blood shed. Sleep deprivation, humiliation, sound and sight abuse, waterboarding, etc.

But I guess horror fans these days need actual blood to be satisfied. Oh well.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:16am.
Vanvance1's picture

I appreciate psychological torture and the nature of how she broke her victim down. But, yeah I admit I wasn't satisfied. It wasn't just the failure to be graphic (and yes, I prefer that because film IS a visual medium); it was how the film reached a conclusion that I just didn't buy. If she had physically mutilated him maybe the last few choices would have played more believably.

(Avoiding spoilers here for those who haven't seen it.)


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 4:00am.
Terminal's picture

She'd torn him down so the ending was completely logical. And just because it's a "visual medium" does not mean we need splatter to have a good horror film.

This still looks like a cheap excuse to have torture for ninety minutes. Lame.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 11:40am.
Vanvance1's picture

I read several books a week. Books are a more intimate medium than film and here you are using your imagination to interpret the writer's work.

Film is visual. That means most of the time I expect to SEE what is going on. If I don't get to see it I feel the director isn't making proper use of the medium.

As an example: 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' here we have a slasher film with no blood. Is that satisfying? I don't think so, I equate it to a porno with no sex.

Yes, I do like torture. I've read my Marquis de Sade. Torture is extreme and logically connected to fear and pain, thus horror. That doesn't mean it alone will satisfy me if there isn't an entertaining hopefully intelligent context to support it.

A great example is a film I recently saw called 'Penance'. It's full of torture but is absolutely asinine and unsatisfying on every level.

In conclusion: Show me the pain! Or money.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 12:58pm.
Verdugo's picture

I dunno, I thought Silent Scream and Cold Prey were great slashers, and they hardly had an ounce of blood. They were all about building atmosphere and giving you believable, very likable characters, and they both did that really well, I thought.


Submitted by Verdugo on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:40pm.
Vanvance1's picture

It could be I'm approaching this subject with a closed mind or more likely a preset expectation. I watch a slasher for the kills (gore), but if a movie forgoes the gore but offers me a strong story and great characterization in it's place I'll embrace those reason to like it.

I haven't seen 'Cold Prey' and I barely remember 'Silent Scream'. I'll take a look.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 4:02pm.
Terminal's picture

"I read several books a week."

Really? Where do you find the time? What kind of books? What topics? Why point that out in a discussion about torture in movies? Just curious.

"Books are a more intimate medium than film and here you are using your imagination to interpret the writer's work."

I learned that in grade school, what does that have to do with the topic at hand? Just curious.

"That doesn't mean it alone will satisfy me if there isn't an entertaining hopefully intelligent context to support it."

And the entertaining hopefully intelligent context is... what exactly? So far it seems like people are reveling in the prospect of a pedophile being tortured for ninety minutes, which I think is a con on the part of the filmmakers. If a regular man was being tortured people wouldn't care too much, but if it's a pedophile people seem to WANT to see it.

Again: Sad.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 1:08pm.
Vanvance1's picture

To answer your questions:

I read fairly quickly. The majority of what I read is fiction (horror, SF. fantasy). Most of the non-fiction I read at the moment is exercise/fitness related.

I point out the difference between books and movies so I can focus on how a movie being VISUAL means I want to see what is happening on screen (in this case the torture).

I haven't seen the movie yet so I don't know if it's an intelligent context for torture or not. I can tell you that people want the world to be a just place (we all know it isn't) and the vast majority would feel no sympathy for a pedophile.

Personally I love movies centered around revenge (the topic of most Westerns). It's often an emotionally satisfying ride.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:25pm.
Terminal's picture

I love revenge movies, too. I can watch them and just appreciate them when no one else can. I loved "The Final" and "Death Sentence" but this movie sounds like a cheap excuse for sadism.

Movies are an artistic medium and just because it is visual doesn't mean it has to solely rely on visuals to tell a story. You can do a lot without resorting to splatter. Horror doesn't have to have blood to be good.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:32pm.
FireRam's picture

FireRam loves revenge (yes, I spoke in first person for the firs time in life). Fuck biting your tongue, fuck being a bigger man (so it's said), fuck taking a higher road. REVENGE TRULY IS SWEET!!!!!
Wait, what was my point. Oh yeah, I like revenge flicks also.


Submitted by FireRam on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:32pm.
Terminal's picture

Pardon the bragging, but I love revenge stories so much my first novel was basically a revenge story told in almost 900 pages. I love to see the bad guys get their just desserts.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:34pm.
FireRam's picture

I've always been fond of, and in most stories can relate to, the one depicted as the "anti-hero".
DEATH SENTENCE was a great flick (to agree).


Submitted by FireRam on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:42pm.
Terminal's picture

I thought Death Sentence was good, personally. I rarely hate revenge stories.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:52pm.
FireRam's picture

I know you thought Death Sentence was good. That's why I typed (to agree). You just stated a few replies up you loved it. lol


Submitted by FireRam on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 3:03pm.
Terminal's picture

I was just re-iterating my point and I tend to repeat myself sometimes.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 3:06pm.
PelusaMG's picture

I tend to repeat repeat myself too,


Submitted by PelusaMG on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 5:28pm.
Vanvance1's picture

I never said horror has to be bloody to be good. One of my favorite sub-genres is the ghost story. Rarely bloody. I'd rank The Changeling as one of the top 3 horror flicks ever made.

P.S. 900 pages of revenge? That's it? Hell, I'm not picking it up until you put in the detail (like Tolkein did). Talk to me when it's 1600 pages.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:39pm.
Terminal's picture

LMAO! Will do! You'll be the first person I talk to.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:49pm.
FireRam's picture

I'm assuming you speak of the original(1980) and not the garbage we we given in 2008.


Submitted by FireRam on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:44pm.
Terminal's picture

I never bothered to see the 2008 Changeling (I'm assuming you speak of the one with Angelina Jolie), it looked like another desperate attempt by her to win an Oscar.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:50pm.
FireRam's picture

You didn't miss anything. Save that time and do something productive like seeing how many nails you can drive into your hand before you pass out. I got far enough into it that I felt obligated to see it through to the end but on the other hand was hoping it would do just that VERY soon, END!


Submitted by FireRam on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 2:54pm.
Terminal's picture

LMAO damn you're on fire today FireRam.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 3:41pm.
Vanvance1's picture

No, no.. The Changeling the ghost story starring George C. Scott.

Much as I admire Clint Eastwood I haven't managed to watch the Angelina Jolie (overrated strange looking poor actress) movie.

P.S. I also really enjoyed Death Sentence. Terminal: If you haven't seen it yet 'Harry Brown' is great.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 3:37pm.
Terminal's picture

Thanks! Now there's another movie I have to add to my list. Damn you Vavance!!

P.S. Yeah I fucking hate Angelina Jolie. Laughably bad actress.
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Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 04/13/2010 - 3:40pm.

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