Montreal filmmaker Rémy Couture defended his craft of making gory films after pleading not guilty earlier this week to moral corruption and distributing obscene material online.

The court case is the latest to pit artistic freedom against Canada's obscenity laws.

Couture, a special effects artist for horror films, said in an interview with CBC News on Friday that such laws shouldn't apply to the movies.

His video in question shows a muscular, tattooed man in a mask, appearing to eat a victim's intestines. In another, a barely dressed, blood-drenched woman is strapped to a bed with a large crucifix lying across her.

The images are so realistic that an internet user in Germany alerted authorities.

"It's very graphic, but you have to know it's fictive. When we talk about sexual act, sexual connotations, everything is fake. There is no penetration," he said two days after his court appearance, where he also requested a jury trial.

Couture pointed out that scenes regularly appear on movie screens across Montreal that are just as shocking as the ones he has produced.

He said Montreal police posed as potential clients to lure him out of his apartment and arrest him.

"When I went on the street, a guy and a woman appear, and when I say, 'Yes, I am,' they just took my arms and said, 'You're under arrest for corruption of morals...," he said.

Police and Crown prosecutors say Couture has crossed the line in creating such graphic material.

Site shut down

Under the Criminal Code, it is illegal to publish or distribute materials that combine sex with horror, cruelty or violence. His website has been shut down.  

Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafrenière said "we're talking in some scenes a mix of porn ... and what could be described as violence."

Couture's supporters say his right to freedom of expression is being violated.

A half-dozen men and women demonstrated outside the courtroom dressed as  zombies and dripping in fake blood to protest the charges.

They say Couture's work is art and should be protected by freedom of expression.

Similar cases have tested Canada's obscenity legislation against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms at the Supreme Court level.

In one landmark case almost 20 years ago, the court decided Canada's obscenity laws were an infringement of the charter but a reasonable one.

Couture returns to court on Nov. 1.

With files from CBC reporter Justin Hayward