Texas Chainsaw 3-D takes No.1 spot in movie box office, followed by equally violent Django Unchained

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  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    Violence? Smells like money to me.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    Based on that other article a couple days ago about gun show sales Americans still relish real guns. Last I checked nobody has ever beaten someone to death with a DVD case.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Jan. 7, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    When I go to see even a family movie, I need only to watch the trailers for coming features to have my senses jarred. A typical two-minute trailer of an action film is packed with rapid fire sequences of violent moments and villains with steel-cold eyes that let us know that these guys can only be stopped by 'good' guys with guns.

    When those films are released, they often are the box office blockbusters that haul in a hundred million bucks the first week. The studios and distributors obviously know to pitch their product. But what does that tell us about us?

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    Jan. 7, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    That people can respond to the murder of 20 children by making the producers of maximally violent movies the big winners is very disturbing.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Hollywood is worse than the NRA when it comes to profiting from and dehumanizing violence. Let's see who wins the constitutional debate between freedom of speech or right to own firearms.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    I don't waste money on movies and haven't for years. It's amazing to me that anyone would spent the exhorbitant price of a movie ticket to go watch the violence, blood and gore associated with far too many movies. Why would anyone want to fill their mind with such garbage, all in the name of entertainment, and think they are making a good choice?

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    The problem is deeper than I think most people let on... we live in a culture that views death as the solution to most problems. Rather than cherishing life, reaching compromises and mutual understanding, we opt for death as the way to fix things.

    Media is particularly guilty of this. How many times have you cheered when the bad guy is finally killed in a decisive way--such that you know they're not going to come back and kill the good guy?

    The fear that's preached is that if you don't kill your enemy, you won't be able to live.

    I think taking a healthier look at entertainment in all its forms is a healthy step in fixing or reducing the violent outbursts in society as a whole. Not sure what can be done, but I would hope more people would be interested in fixing this, rather than seeing it as an impediment to personal freedom. Perhaps better parental and civil controls could limit the amount of violence in media. Perhaps we should encourage hollywood to produce entertainment that doesn't rely upon lazy storytelling in order to bring about a satisfying movie ending.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    We laud movies like these, so ultra-violent, yet abhor events like Newtown or Aurora and the tragedy that follows. We will continue to suffer tragedy until we decide to view media that equates those same values. What a shame that we're so hypocritical.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    JCS; I agree wholeheartedly with your premise. the way to stop the production of these movies is to not spend money going to see them. as for aggielove; "surely you jest!" and for Mojules: the same.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Jan. 6, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    I think we should ban chainsaws.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Jan. 6, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    This story proves that modern society is continuing to degenerate and an alarming rate. With a general public that is willing to pay top dollar to watch movies which glorify senseless violence, it is no wonder that real-life massacres are becoming more and more frequent.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Jan. 6, 2013 7:46 p.m.

    We need to ban all movies.