Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.
The success of films such as Saw and Hostel paved the way for a glut of extremely gruesome horror films in a post-9/11 America, dismissively dubbed “torture porn” due to their graphic depictions of brutality. Some achieved their own success by capitalizing on the trend, while others failed to make any kind of mark.
Released in 2006, director John Stockwell’s Turistas falls into the latter category; the film, clearly inspired by Hostel, made just $7 million at the domestic box office.
Maybe the single most notable thing about the Brazil-set Turistas is that it was boycotted in Brazil due to its not-so-favorable portrayal of the country!
In the film, starring Josh Duhamel, Olivia Wilde and Melissa George, a group of American tourists find themselves in the clutches of an underground organ harvesting ring.
Cue the rated R brutality.
There’s no shortage of bloodshed in Turistas, but one scene in particular has always stood out to me. After being captured by the aforementioned organ harvesters, a young woman makes a bold attempt to escape, running for her life through the jungle. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she’s running out of land.
She literally runs directly off a massive cliff in her attempt to escape her captors, brutally hitting her head on the side of the cliff before slamming to the ground below.