iRock films released the trailer for their upcoming film Kill the Rapist?, set for theatrical release sometime in 2014. There’s a question mark in the title because the studio is soliciting votes from the public to determine the film’s ending. It’s a clever gimmick that taps into the widespread feelings of helplessness that stir whenever a particularly vicious rape makes headlines.
The trailer footage raises an awful lot of red flags. Nearly half of the trailer is devoted to scenes of the rapist torturing his victim. Is the movie more about the rape or the victim’s revenge? I get very little vicarious satisfaction from revenge movies, anyway, but I have no interest in watching a film that makes a spectacle out of a heinous crime. Maybe a future trailer will better define what kind of movie Kill the Rapist? really is.