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Friday, March 03, 2006

Real Life Horror Can't be Turned Into Movie

From the Beeb...

Cannibal film banned in Germany
A German court has banned the screening of a film based on the case of self-confessed cannibal Armin Meiwes.

The state court in Kassel upheld a complaint from Meiwes, 44, against the film Rohtenburg, which was due for release in Germany on 9 March.

The court ruled that Meiwes' rights as an individual outweighed artistic freedom and that he should not become the object of a horror film.

Meiwes, jailed for eight-and-a-half years in 2004, is facing a retrial.

He admitted that in March 2001 he killed a 43-year-old man and partially ate him. He was jailed for manslaughter.

Meiwes says he simply carried out a willing victim's instructions.

But last year, an appeal court ordered a retrial after state prosecutors argued Meiwes was guilty of murder.

If found guilty, Meiwes could face a life sentence.

Meiwes, a computer technician, killed and ate Bernd Juergen Brandes after posting an advert on the internet asking for a willing victim in 2001.

The film Rohtenburg, directed by Martin Weisz, stars Thomas Kretschmann in the leading role.

Well, we must be sensitive to the desires and individual rights of a psychopathic killer, mustn't we? I mean, if we can't protect his right to not have his real life horror scenario dramatized into a fictional horror movie, who will be next? slippery slope and all that, I'll tell you...

In case you don't recall, this is the Kraut that put out a classified ad for someone who'd be willing to be his dinner - literally. Several people answered, but many asked him to stop before he went too far - and he did. The last guy kept egging him on, as Meiwes began to cut away the guys body parts and put them in stews & such... while the guy was alive. Meiwes filmed the whole process - and if I recall, submitted much of the tapes as evidence that the victim was a willing participant. So, the guy can shoot his own horror movie for his own personal twisted purposes, but no one else can make a horror movie out of the concept.

Oh, and I'd like to point out that this is the SECOND news story today which prominently featured single sentence paragraphs. It's almost as if they've given up on the concept of tying their ideas together into a coherent whole.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler