Warning: triggering material
I couldn't bring myself to watch the trailer for the movie Dead Girl. And I don't particularly feel I need to see a preview of a horror film about rape, torture, violence and murder of women to conclude that it's a vile piece of shit. Contexts, a sociological website, links to reviews of the film and gives a plot synopsis. The plot alone was enough to make me feel ill.
Favourable reviews of Dead Girl have included words like 'audacious'. Language like this dignifies the utter misogyny of this sort of shit - and the fact that those who enjoy it are the same kind of people who like the idea of snuff films. Cheap thrills for the lowest common denominator, contemptibly dressed up with words like 'edgy' to insult the intelligence of women, and give a veneer of respectability to the men who watch and enjoy.
The timeless irony applies. You complain about crap like this, and you give it publicity. But is that worse than allowing brutalisation of women to persist as a form of entertainment?