Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Monday, 1 June 2020
I was recently interviewed by Zafer Yilmaz (Hacettepe University) about the snuff phenomenon. The interview is published here on the SineBlog in Turkish
Below is a translation into English:
Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Posted by Dr Steve Jones at 01:55
Monday, 25 November 2019
Saturday, 29 June 2019
My new chapter "Spierig Brothers' Jigsaw (2017) - Torture Porn Rebooted?" appears in the new anthology Horror: A Companion (2019, Peter Lang) edited by Simon Bacon. Read my chapter here, or find more information on the book here.
After a seven-year hiatus, the Saw franchise returned. Critics overwhelming disapproved of the franchise’s reinvigoration, and much of that dissention centred around a label that is synonymous with Saw: ‘torture porn’. Numerous critics pegged the original Saw (2004) as torture porn’s prototype. Accordingly, critics characterised Jigsaw’s release as heralding an unwelcome ‘torture porn comeback’. This chapter investigates the legitimacy of this concern in order to determine what ‘torture porn’ is and means in the Jigsaw era.