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Sunday Night Horror 103: Black Devil Doll Controversy

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This Sunday on the HorrorMovieFans.com Radio Network’s Sunday Night Horror my guest will be Steve Persall. Recently, Persall panned “Black Devil Doll” without seeing the film. Basing his criticisms solely on the trailer it raised a stir with the makers of “Black Devil Doll” and horror fans. HorrorMovieFans reported on it on May 14th and since then the blog has culminated 86 comments — a blog that appears to rarely reach double digits in comments. The comments for the most part weren’t very nice on either side but Persall and myself plan to have a respectful, interesting and thought provoking discussion. A couple major issues that will come up are “freedom of expression” and the issue of “racism” in “Black Devil Doll”. Persall wrote “I believe that the freedom of expression that so many BDD supporters cited doesn’t necessarily mean freedom of exhibition, especially in a community like St. Pete where racial division simmers each day.” And Persall also wrote “An independently produced movie is playing in St. Petersburg tonight. I won’t tell you where because that would just send more people to see or protest it, and that might lead to trouble that, honestly, the city doesn’t need, in light of its history of racial unease.” I’ll hit on the fact that direct to dvd market with limited theatrical showings is perfect for “Black Devil Doll” since the film doesn’t hit the mainstream audience that would find this film objectionable. Also of note is that warning people of a film and disallowing it to play in venues is censorship. The danger of racial unease really boils down to the importance to cater to the average person rather than catering to racist, backward thinking folk. HorrorMovieFans.com writer Kelsey Zukowski gives her review of "Drag Me to Hell" then squares off against HorrorMovieFans.com writer Havok as they debate "original vs remake" with My Bloody Valentine.