Deathgasm censored by Walmart

DecayMag.com DeathgasmDeathgasm released in October of 2015.  The film won a total of 8 awards that includes the Audience Award and Special Award. Accolades include;

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Gore
  • Best Kill
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Music
  • Best Trailer
  • Best Title Sequence
  • Best Film to Watch With a Crowd

Jason Lei Howden’s Comedy-Horror “Deathgasm” is available on DVD. The film received a title change by WalMart. What’s more? WalMart even changed the cover art of the DVD. This according to various news sources on the Horror genre. The title“Deathgasm” changed to “Heavy Metal Apocalypse” to fit within WalMart’s sensitive standards. Also reported is that the DVD cover artwork has also changed, replacing the pentagram with a gun. This is the message that Walmart issued: 

“Satan is evil and cannot be promoted in any way, shape or form”.

This isn’t the first time WalMart has changed a movie title.  Grant Harvey’s film “A Christmas Horror Story” changed to “A Holiday Horror Story”.

“A Christmas Horror Story” Synopsis

Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil.

“A Christmas Horror Story” was released on October 2, 2015. The film earned awards for 

  • Best Monster/Creature
  • Best Fight
  • Best Canadian Feature Film
  • Best Villain

This is WalMart’s attempt to 

“not offend anyone”

reports Dread Central. I don’t understand what’s the difference between the titles. The exception being that one has “Christmas” and one has “Holiday”. Could the “offense” have something more to do with the term “Christmas”?  Not everyone celebrates Christmas. Some cultures celebrate Kwanzaa, while others don’t celebrate the holiday at all.

In my opinion, changing a movie title to fit within society’s standards is unethical. It robs the creative team the freedom to express themselves and be who they are. It also robs the work of art the freedom of being what its meant to be. If something as minor as a title “offends” society, then I wonder what else offends society. This is one reason the entertainment industry cannot excel or prosper. The fact holds true in the horror industry.

Sources:

  •  1428 Film
  •  Bloody Disgusting
  • Dead Central
  •  Horror Film Central
  •  Scream Horror Magazine
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