Don’t misunderstand me, I didn’t mean to say that this catholic roots angle was the only explanation for the phenomenon; there were of course other forces at work: macho behaviour, cavalier attitute towards rape, objectifying women, deglorifying the old west etc.
Furthermore rape and most other kinds of violence used towards women was used for shock reasons
So when Ennioo asks if it was a matter of supply and demand, since these things were transported to other genres, the answer most probably is yes. The Italian crime movies were made in the same cultural context and the characters of those movies showed exactly that behaviour Phil and BL have described. But if you want to reach the same shock level after a while, you have to come up with something stronger, more explicite. In horror movies things finally got out of hand.
Haven’t seen Waterhole #3, but it’s odd that I didn’t think of High Plains Drifter yesterday, certainly a very tasteless scene
It maybe true that we don’t see too much of this stuff anymore in the movies (I’m not absolutely sure), but the macho/cavalier behaviour is omnipresent in rap-music, that is often critisized for these things