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Torture Porn without the Torture. Or the Porn.

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | August 3, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | August 3, 2009 |

Here’s the trailer for The Killing Room, a nice little Sundance selection that’s getting tossed unceremoniously into the straight-to-DVD pile (it’s out in October), presumably because the marketing folks behind it couldn’t find enough explosions, penis jokes, or fart noises in the film to string together a trailer that might appeal to the movie-going masses.

It’s about four regular folks who sign up for a research study only to discover that it’s actually a secret government program in mind experimentation. It’s kind of like the torture-free Saw movie (if you take out the torture, I actually like the idea behind Saw, just not its execution).

It’s got a pretty neat mid-level cast: Timothy Hutton, Chloe Sevigny, Nick Cannon (the talanted Wayans brother) and Peter Stormare, who is always deliciously evil. It comes from Jonathan Liebesman, who isn’t exactly Mr. Awesomely talented. He directed the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, but everyone has to break into the business somehow. My guess is that The Killing Room won’t find much of an audience until Liebesman’s next film, Battle: Los Angeles (Cloverfield in L.A.) is released.

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