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Forgotten Frights, Oct. 5: Turistas

Posted on the 05 October 2011 by Cinefilles @cinefilles
Forgotten Frights, Oct. 5: TuristasPhoto: impawards.com
Section of the cinematic cemetery: Vacay slasher for a twisted take on a greater good

Cause of (premature) death: This film was released in December 2006, while Hostel was released in January of the same year. Both featured a story of a group of young people travelling abroad get lured from their path by strangers, winding up in gruesome territory, fighting to escape. Pair that with a supposed poster quote from Fangoria dubbing Turistas Better and scarier than Hostel,” not to mention poor reviews from mainstream critics, and youve got a recipe to repel Hostel fans. (P.S. Hostel and Turistas were filming at the same time.)

What its tombstone would read: A good time in Rio turned gory made for new definition of escape.

Why it should be revived: Not only is this a relatable, potentially possible scenario, founded on common somewhat-rational fears, but this film also presents a very warped view of ethics. Im not talking about an ethical foundation like I kill because people deserve it, but rather, Im making a necessary sacrifice for the greater good of humanity. Its truly disturbing.

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