The Death of Revulsion
The success of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Kill Bill: Volume 1 prompted this comment from a Denver Post columnist in the Fall of 2003:
"Once-unspeakable violence has moved from the unbalanced fringe into the middle of our surround-sound home theatre systems". We've gone, he said, from the "post-September 11 death of irony to the postmodern death of revulsion".
The Saw "torture porn" franchise is a perfect example of that.