New revenge horror movie is so scary people are fleeing movie theaters
When you make the decision to watch a horror movie, you've essentially become a willing participant in your own anxiety - that is, if gore and suspense even make you anxious in the first place.
It goes without saying that if the movie terrifies you, then it has achieved its primary goal as far as nailing the genre is concerned. So, you can hardly complain if said film triggers the most brutal nightmares you've ever had.
But it turns out that some people are, in fact, complaining about a particular horror flick - The Nightingale - for being too scary.
Being fair, even the trailer for The Nightingale is terrifying:
The Nightingale was screened last night to a sold-out audience of over 1000 people at the Ritz cinema as part of the Sydney Film Festival.
The horror flick centres around a 21-year-old Irish convict who spends much of the movie in pursuit of revenge for the horrifying treatment she had been forced to endure at the hands of a group of men.
A graphic rape scene plays within the first half hour of the movie, and shows one of the characters being preyed on by said group of men.
But despite having paid to see a rape-revenge horror movie, some of the moviegoers left the screening a mere 20 minutes into the screening.
At one point, a woman could even be heard shouting, "She's already been raped, we don't need to see it again!" News.com.au reports.
But the brutality only seemed to get more extreme, with scenes showing violence towards very young children - some of them babies.
And there were more rape scenes shown later on in the movie, in addition to close-ups of faces being beaten. These sorts of scenes, led to even more viewers leaving the cinema.
And the critics haven't exactly been tight-lipped on what they perceived as gratuitous and needless scenes of torture.
"Vacuum-packing a non-stop supply of rapes, deaths and beatings into more than two hours is needlessly punishing and comes at the expense of character and story," Johnny Oleksinski, an entertainment critic at the New York Post writes. "Constantly having to shield your eyes from horrible imagery - as the Sundance audience was - would seem to defy the whole point of watching a movie.
"Kent subjects us to a disturbing frequency of rape scenes to the extent that it soon stops feeling like a jolt of brutal honesty and quickly becomes indulgent.
"If we weren't aware of the historical atrocities committed by British soldiers across the colonies already, we certainly are by the fourth rape scene. What, then, of the fifth or the sixth?"
But not everyone was appalled by the film's barbaric sequences.
"The Nightingale is essential Australian viewing. Breathless. Jennifer Kent is one of our great filmmakers," one viewer gushed.
"Jennifer Kent's #TheNightingale is unflinching, brutal and sadly the sort of ugly, human story that most period dramas try to ignore," another added. "Here's a still-shaken (and career best) Sam Claflin talking about how making the film has all but scarred him for life."
Jennifer Kent, the film's director, is under no illusions that the piece is an easy watch, revealing that it was equally as difficult to make.
"It really pushed me to my absolute limits as a human being," she told First Showing. "Anyone who was on that set will tell you."