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Reason.tv: Writer-Director Marcus Dunstan on "Torture Porn," Censorship, and His New Film Saw VI

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Reason.tv's Ted Balaker sat down with filmmaker Marcus Dunstan who, along with his writing partner Patrick Melton, wrote the last three Saw films, including Saw VI, which hits theaters October 23. This summer Dunstan made his directorial debut with The Collector, which he and Melton also wrote. (Disclosure: Balaker's wife was a producer on The Collector.)

In this eight-minute interview, Dunstan and Balaker discuss Saw VI, censorship, red band trailers (which cannot be shown on television), how new media outlets like Ain't It Cool News are challenging traditional tastemakers, and whether calling a film "torture-porn" is actually a compliment.

Reason.tv's Marcus Dunstan interview was produced by Ted Balaker. Director of Photography: Alex Manning; Set Designer: Hawk Jensen; Editor: Zach Weissmueller; Associate Producer: Paul Detrick.

For podcast and downloadable versions of this video click here.

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  1. I thought “Red Band” trailers could be shown in theaters, but only before “R” or “NC-17” movies.

  2. Red band trailers CAN be shown in theaters. However, they rarely are because they can only be shown before R- or NC-17 rated films. I saw one recently on the Art House circuit. The big chains almost never show them.

  3. I actaully saw a red band trailer before the movie Election, at a big chain theaters, but that was the only time I’ve every seen one.

  4. Torture Porn? Nah, that is what Nutrasweet does.

  5. Why is “torture porn” in quotation marks? It isn’t torture porn?

  6. While it certainly be legal to make movies like the Saw franchise, if you are a fan of such movies there’s something seriously wrong with you.

  7. Thank you very much. I am wonderring if I can share your article in the bookmarks of society.

  8. Oh, man, he hints it’s about health-care reform. That’s torture.

    1. Well, to be honest, I wouldnt say that he is talking about healthcare reform folks.

      All the best, Mike
      The belly fat dude.

  9. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets..

  10. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp.

  11. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets

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