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March 20, 2007

Public Arousal Causes Elisha Cuthbert Bondage Posters To Be Yanked Off

Smell the glove:

In the wake of a public outcry against Los Angeles billboards and New York taxicab tops advertising the upcoming movie "Captivity" with images of the abduction, torture and death of a young woman, the film's producer said it will take down the offending ads Tuesday.

After Dark Films, its theatrical distribution partner Lionsgate Films and the Motion Picture Assn. of America (MPAA) received a barrage of phone calls objecting to the gratuitous depiction of the film's star Elisha Cuthbert being tortured and killed.

The billboards, first posted March 13, feature four frames with captions above each one. "Abduction" shows Cuthbert with a gloved hand over her face; "Confinement" features the actress behind a chain-link fence with a bloody finger poking through; "Torture" depicts Cuthbert's face, covered in white gauze, with tubes shoved up her nose; and "Termination" shows her with her head thrown back, seemingly dead.

One of the withdrawn posters:

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Wait, no, that's from my private collection. Here's one of them:

Which I find a little creepy, especially because just last night I was reading about the vile murder of a Japanese schoolgirl, culminating in dumping her body in concrete. (I got there looking up Grindhouse, the movie, which led to Grindhouse, the term/exploitation movie, which then led to "video nasties" (banned videos in Britain), and then to that horror.)

Anyway, the idea of this movie does seem inspired by that Japanese crime, as well as J-horror films which are really quite sadistic fake snuff-films.

I know it's hard to make it as an actress, even if a very fetching actress, but is this really the best Elisha Cuthbert can do? She seems to be in nothing but exploitation movies of one kind or another.

Maybe she should angle to become Chloe's assistant again on 24. I dunno -- are her looks actually keeping her from getting better projects?



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