Jaycee Dugard >shudder< Horror Film?

I was horrified to discover that a low-rent actor/writer/editor/producer by the name of Shane Ryan is planning to make a film about the capture and imprisonment of Jaycee Dugard.

That’s right, Ladies, the wonder-boy of such low-class cinematography as:

  • Sex Kids Party (a/k/a The More, the Better)
  • Amateur Porn Star Killer 1, 2, & 3
  • Big Boobs, Blonde Babes, Bad Blood
  • So, We Killed Our Parents
  • Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go

Is hoping to release Abducted Girl: An American Sex Slave through Alter Ego Films, in Spring 2010, according to Sacramento television station CBS13. Even though Ryan’s above-noted movies have been described by viewers as:

  • “[W]hat a homemade snuff film might look like with a bit of what the director thinks is artistic” [1]
  • “[B]ad blood feature that is sheer in-your-face violence with a comedic ingredient inserted for your perverse viewing” [2]
  • “The girl is supposed to be 13 years old, who (in their right mind) would find the gratuitous kidnapping, rape and eventual beating of a 13 year old girl entertaining?” [3]

He’s “trying to figure out a way to do that so it’s not exploitative,” he told a reporter from CBS13 in a telephone interview. He also told the reporter, “We want to capture how sad this story is, but also how interesting.”

On the film’s website, Ryan writes that “this film is not about Jaycee Dugard,” that it was in pre-production prior to authorities rescuing Dugard, and he continues with “Instead of doing a movie about human trafficking they instead decided [because of the Dugard case] to focus on just one victim and her captor and explore the idea of what it would be like for an 11 year old to be kidnapped and live in captivity for the next 18 years.” He clearly states, “This is a fictitious film we were planning on making with a few friends in hope to make an interesting story,” and he also says that this is nothing but the media “cashing in on another Jaycee story.”

So, to recap, According to Ryan:

  • This film is not about Dugard (even if a pre-production movie was re-drafted as the direct result of Dugard’s recovery)
  • Alter Ego Films is not a porn company (regardless of what they create and sell)
  • The “reporters” are the Dugard exploiters, not his film (while he’s gabbing about the film’s lack of exploitativeness with the CBS13 reporter and thereby co-opting as much publicity as possible).

Sorry, jackass, you just don’t get to have it both ways: Either the flick is about Dugard or it isn’t. You don’t get to accuse the free-publicity pipeline of being vultures when you’re planning to bring a film to market that you admit was significantly altered by the events of the Dugard case because that means your film feeds at that same trough of pain.

If the reporters are the vultures, I hereby call you out for catching a ride on the vulture’s wing simply to save the time and effort of walking over to feast on the carcass yourself.

I have to say that I agree with the Dugard family’s spokesperson Nancy Seltzer’s statement that this project is “breathtakingly unkind.”[4]

You, Sir, are a Very.Bad.Man.



Middle-aged, life-long Texan with a substantial chip on her shoulder.

Posted in abuse, adult, loss, rape

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