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leftous wrote

I was referring to the new one. I was also watching it with a friend of mine who is a survivor of child abuse and the overt sexualization of the child actors (specifically Sophia Lillis) disturbed them into stunned silence. There were numerous scenes with suggestive content not even halfway through.

I'm seriously surprised there was no outcry about it, but I guess many people are desensitized to it now.

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EVENNN wrote

Hey, it's a while since I watched that film, but wasn't the sexualisation intentional in order to make you uncomfortable? Like the really creepy shop owner who flirts with Beverly etc. I thought that it was there just as another way to make the veiwer creeped out, it is a horror film after all.

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leftous wrote

I see what you mean and I do realize it was trying to remain true to the source material. But it wasn't just that one instance. There is a line between outlining the horrors of pedophilia, and engaging in it.

I recommend you watch it again with this in mind, and you will see there was quite a few scenes early on where the movie is unnecessarily sexualizing the kids (even getting shots of their body).

I personally don't think there's any excuse for that, and even worse this is the toned down version where originally the horrible sexualization was more explicit.