LaBruce on Censoring
BY Advocate Contributors
July 26 2010 5:30 PM ET
L.A. Zombie is a difficult and provocative film. It’s made in the tradition of avant-garde and surrealist film in a strongly pornographic style. I made the film as a purely visual and visceral piece with a sparse narrative and virtually no dialogue. This alone will make it unpalatable for many viewers who are not used to watching nonnarrative, experimental film. It’s also a meditation on the homeless situation in L.A. engaging themes of necrophilia, sex magic, and ritual.
Of course, it will be offensive and distasteful to some people. But cinema, and particularly the horror genre, has been dealing with difficult and disturbing imagery since the 1920s. The theme of necrophilia can be traced back to the tradition of Romanticism rooted in the late 18th century. Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire both dealt explicitly — and romantically — with the idea of the necrophile. The film may not be for everyone, but it should be up to those who wish to see it to make up their own minds about it without censorship. It’s never a good idea for the state to make up the minds of its citizens for them. It can be a very slippery slope.