My UPDATED questions with answers on ‘Violence in Movies’

As to any of you who may have noticed, I wrote a blog over a week ago of ten questions I used for a Twitter movie discussion known as #MTOS (Movie Talk On Sunday).

It was my first time hosting and it couldn’t have gone more better than I hoped it would. I had a lot of great answers and it generated a lot of hot debate. Below you will find the questions I asked to my Twitter participants every ten minutes throughout that Sunday evening with now an answer to each of them that I consider to be the best responses I received. (I’m doing this purely for my own benefit) It was hard for me to narrow it down to one answer for each as they were all so great but I believe these were the best ones:

Q1) What’s your favourite violent film? Or favourite film containing violence and why?
A1) There’s physical violence – Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer. Emotional violence – Grave of The Fireflies. Or  both – Irreversible. @VoxPopple 

Q2) What is your view on film violence? Is it necessary to see it shown OTT on screen with lots of blood and gore? Or not so much?
A2) It’s not all necessary, you don’t have to see everything on screen. Listening to the characters discuss violence and sound effects can be just as effective as seeing blood and guts. @amebutterfly84 

Q3) Scorsese and Tarantino are notorious for using violence. What is it about their film-making styles that makes it so accessible?
A3) Tarantino’s is comic book and colourful, Scorsese uses it to hit home the reality of it… usually to a Rolling Stones song. @thereelfilmshow 

Q4) Violence can take place anywhere. In prison, at home, on the streets. Where does violent behaviour prove most effective on film?
A4) Somewhere weapons are easily accessible (example: the epic end-fight scene in 13 Assassins) @Guitargalchina

Q5) What type of genre does violence, either physically or verbally, fit better within?
A5) If the point of violence is to shock (as it should always be) then I can’t think of a more shocking place to use it. @popcornaddict

Q6) Revenge movies always feature gratified violence. Does the term ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ ring true with this?
A6) Yes, as long as the injustice feels strong the payback should be cold and relentless. Huge payoff. @ScreenRhetoric 

Q7) Many video nasties banned years ago are now getting the full, uncut release treatment. Is it harder to shock viewers these days?
A7) Absolutely. The world has changed a lot since the 80’s – everything is available on-line at the flick of a switch -storytelling has become more important than ever to come up with new ways to shock us. @filmbuffbaker

Q8) Who is your favourite actor/actress that normally displays violence and punishment to teach the bad guys a lesson and always win?
A8) Sean Connery as old school Mr Bond @AnnaCraig

Q9) What would be your most memorable violent film sequence that really got your heart racing and had your lower jaw hitting the floor?
A9) Thought about saying Drive’s elevator scene, but for some reason, Misery’s ankles scene just came to my mind. Damn, that was crazy. @CaitrinRoss

Q10) Finally, do you think there is a strong link between violence in reality and what we see in movies? What makes it so disturbing?
A10) Yes, but there’s usually other factors in play causing the link. Education, mental health etc. to name a few. @NeonReels 

By Martin White


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