Torture flick “Saw IV” was not screened for critics, probably because of its incredibly sick content.
The abhorrent movie from Lionsgate brought in $32.1 million last weekend, the second highest opening of the “Saw” films, which have been released every Halloween weekend since 2004.
Hollywood will no doubt continue to churn out more of the big-screen garbage. “Saw” (2004) opened with $18.2 million, “Saw II” (2005) $31.7 million and “Saw III” (2006) $33.6 million.
In stark contrast, “Bella,” a life-affirming movie from Roadside Attractions, opened with the second highest per-screen take, with more than $8,000 per theater.
“Bella” was only on 165 screens.
That number should swiftly expand if Hollywood execs are paying attention.
In torture of the terrorism related kind, the Fox hit “24” has alarmed critics on the left with its counterterrorist characters and their willingness to use extreme measures when dealing with terrorists in trying to save countless lives.
The show appears to be taking its critics head-on.
In scenes from a trailer promoting the show’s seventh season, Kiefer Sutherland’s character, agent Jack Bauer, appears in front of a governmental panel that is investigating his past actions, including harsh treatment of terrorism suspects.
“Don’t expect me to regret the decisions that I have made, because sir, the truth is, I don’t,” Bauer says in the scene.
In another segment, Bauer is preparing to interrogate a suspect when a female official gives him free rein.
“Do whatever it takes. Torture him if you have to,” the woman says.
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