Another dive into violence porn

October 1, 2014 2:30 PM

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Another dive into violence porn

That's pretty much all you'll learn tonight about the person who sets CBS' Stalker (10 p.m. ET/PT, * out of four), a cynically disturbing exercise in violence porn, in motion: a young woman who is chased by a masked assailant, doused in gasoline, trapped in a car that is likewise drenched and set on fire. She is then sent careening to a horrible, explosive death (because shows like this thrive on explosions) — as we watch her struggle and hear her scream.

There's no doubt the scene is nightmare-inducing: creator Kevin Williamson, the man behind Scream and The Following, knows his way around a primal fear. And there's also no doubt the scene is far less shocking than it should be: Gruesome, meticulously re-created acts of violence are increasingly a T...

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