Remy Couture is hardly the first horror filmmaker/special-effects artist to have his work examined by authorities under the misguided belief that it might be real, but he is the latest to go on trial because Montreal authorities have decided his creations are “obscene.”
Following in the footsteps of men like Ruggero Deodato and Lucio Fulci, Couture finds himself facing trial in Montreal after a years-long investigation into images he posted online showing his work on website Inner Depravity (the site has since been removed). When Austrian officials received complaints about the images in 2006, they consulted with a pathologist who said the photos “might” be real.
Eventually, it was concluded that they weren’t, but the police case didn’t end there. Rather than try to arrest Couture for murder, they instead brought him in for violating obscenity laws – citing the graphic images of violence mixed with sex as crossing a line.
Crown prosecutor Michel Pennou called the images an attack on “fundamental Canadian values” in his opening statement, then revealed that he plans to trot out the standard dog-and-pony show about how these images might inspire people to commit the crimes depicted. That ought to be fun to watch.
Couture’s trial is currently underway and expected to last two weeks. If convicted, the FX artist (who worked on The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) could face up to two years in prison for making a movie. Meanwhile, the people who posted the video of Canadian killer Luka Magnotta dismembering Chinese student Lin Jun (which was real…) online have never been arrested. Funny how that works.
If you'd like to contribute to Couture's defense fund, you can do that here.
[via National Post]