Great grandfather to the modern slasher film, the posters of Grand Guignol seem to promise something more than blood soaked massacres as entertainment
These posters would never fly today as advertisements for legitimate theater. Frankly, I'm surprised they were accepted in the 1920s, when Grand Guignol was at its brief height.
The point of Grand Guignol was extreme, realistic violence. They had all manner of graphic violence, and showing the violence was something that wasn't at all common---especially with the realistic, buckets of blood approach. The Elizabethans had their go at it, but they were restrained by comparison to Grand Guignol, who really went balls to the walls with this. As the quote below explains the experiences of one actress in the company:
From 1917 to the 1930s, [Paula Maxa] performed most frequently as a victim and was known as "the most assassinated woman in the world." During her career at the Grand Guignol, Maxa's characters were murdered more than 10,000 times in at least 60 different ways and raped at least 3,000 times.
The posters, however, suggest there was something more than just blood lust and seeing realistic violence on stage, for an audience who had never experienced such a thing in their entertainment before.
It was sexual: in particular, it was overt sexual violence toward women.
There's something about a Death Fetish that makes perfect sense to me. And it has nothing to do with the concept of the orgasm being a Little Death (petit mort).
There is something intimate between a killer and his/her victim. To kill someone, theoretically, can be the greatest form of intimacy: the victim has a last person they see, the last person who knew them, the one person who took their life. It's a form of virginity, where the person "taking" the "first" event becomes elevated made all important. The ultimate, infamous Romantic lover.
The above Redditor limits his definition of Death Fetish to male/female scenarios, but it can be more complex than that. Going to Fetnoir.com, you'll discover how complex this can be. There are various forms of death, those involving crimes and rape, executions, movies and anime and all forms of art work. Femme fetales fit into this universe, as do the traditional masked burglar who appears in stereotypical rape fantasies. Sex can occur before, during or after the death. And, of course, there is quite a lot of it on the internet.
I went to psycho-thrillers.com, mentioned by the Redditor above, and found quite a long list of movies involving death fetish. I pulled the following images, the ones that struck me the most because of all the fetishes included in this one film:
Priests, murder, sexual predators (I'm assuming that this means that the priest is a pedophile, and the woman pictured is, by implication, underage. Of course, because of the pornography laws in the US, portraying such things is illegal). For me, this is a fetish jackpot. And it's just the beginning.
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I've been extraordinarily open minded about sex ever since my first year in college, when I learned women could have orgasms. (I was a late bloomer in high school.) Nothing shocks me. All of it interests me. I can never get enough of it.
All of the pics in my blog are stolen/borrowed from other websites. I consider myself not really a thief, but a pirate. Arrrrrrr!!!
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