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Kill of the Week: Forced Off a Cliff in ‘Turistas’

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.




  • Necro

    Yeah this movie was pretty bad IMO!

  • Biscoito18

    I remember all the controversy with this movie here in Brazil. It was the first time I saw the TV news talk so much about a horror movie. It only increased my interest. Unfortunately, the film is completely forgettable, so much that I didn’t remember this scene.

    • Matt-fBR

      I remember that too. It was so ridiculous how ‘Fantástico’ was feverishly campaining against this movie when most people here weren’t even aware of it.
      The movie is mostly subpar save from some great cinematography and a couple of memorable scenes. The underwater chase scene in particular is pretty good.

      • Khy

        “I remember that too. It was so ridiculous how ‘Fantástico’ was feverishly campaining against this movie when most people here weren’t even aware of it.”

        I love how people attempt to rally against a film and attempt to keep people from seeing it when honestly, nobody even cares In the first place. Touristas was a complete bomb at the box office and was almost pulled out of theaters quicker than it was released. There was no rallying needed lol.

  • Grimphantom

    Not being killed yet but the guy who tried to save her….when he gets chopped with the machete…yikes.

  • Mr. Red Right Hand

    only 7 million? yikes

    • Khy

      Now THAT’s scary.

  • Christopher Nickerson

    “torture porn” wasn’t because of the depictions of brutality, it was because a lot of these movies emphasized the brutality and gore over an actual plot.

    • Mr. Red Right Hand

      isn’t that the same thing lol

      • Jon Mcgreevy

        No, certainly I don’t think so! Christopher has it correct (IMO). The whole “torture porn” thing led to the “New French Extremism” movement, which was altogether more artistic and had uncomfortable issues to deal with other than extreme violence. I do like my grue, but I also like to be challenged too…

  • Alanmac

    At least that first hit knocked her out, (or killed her), before she hit the bottom. If I had to do it, that’s what I would’ve preferred.

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  • Trying to run from your captors and you end up running straight off a cliff. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

  • Silhouetters

    This was done way better and much more brutally in Hannibal.

  • gjk2012 .

    My mom recommended this movie to me a few days ago and she hates horror movies. Going to have to watch it.

  • RiseCowthulhu

    Torture porn deserves to be dismissed. Not scary. Merely sadistic.

  • I’m from Brazil (unfortunately) and I think this movie is very nice.

  • SVSLee

    Wasn’t this film “Paradise Lost”?

  • Khy

    It’s a pretty movie to look at that I’d imagine would be even more breathtaking re-mastered on blu-ray, but other than that it’s not that great or memorable of a film. Truly forgettable. Definitely one of those movies you watch, you forget a day later, and then you come across it years later and be like “Uh…I remember seeing this but I don’t remember anything else.”

    That’s basically this movie. It was just made to cash in on the torture porn craze of the mid 00s. This kill was pretty awesome though and there’s an opening with a bus that was pretty rad- but other than that, it’s a film you can go the rest of your life without seeing.

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