Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera (2008)





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Everyone has heard rumors of this vicious brand of murder cinema, but do snuff films really exist or are they simply a shocking urban legend fueled by decades of rumors and carefully crafted tall tales. In this documentary, director Peter von Stoetzel speaks with Film Historians, Cultural Academics, and FBI Profilers in order to expose the disturbing legend of the so-called "snuff film." The FBI claims that there is no concrete evidence to support the claim that true snuff films have ever been produced. Could the relationships between war, cult films, serial killers, and pornography have somehow melded to create the ultimate movie myth? Von Stoetzel shines some much needed light on the very darkest film mysteries.
Documentary , Horror , Special Interest , Television
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There's an interesting documentary to be made on the topic of snuff films, and the film titles simply "Snuff" touches on a few fascinating points. I liked seeing the film clips and there are enough tantalizing moments to peak your curiosity enough to keep you watching. It doesn't answer any hard-hitting questions, and some of the film's "expert" panelists are highly suspect. In fact, R.P. Whalen gives this the sensationalistic quality it was so desperately trying to avoid. He's animated enough, but he doesn't really seem to know what he's talking about. He even goes as far as to call "Bowling For Columbine" a snuff film, which is pretty far from factual. Almost as bad is the over-emotional Mark Rosen, who is particularly unconvincing in the film's finale telling of an "actual" snuff film from the Philippines he witnessed in the 1970's. He can't even convince us of how much it disturbed him. But there are some people here I related to, especially Julie Wilson who discusses her love of all things gory. Frankly, I was disturbed by the was portion of the movie however. It doesn't feel like it belongs here, and it comes to close to showing an actual beheading of an Iraqi hostage. That really does go too far. But there is enough here to like and recommend, and even though it never gives the viewer any concrete answers I was intrigued more by not knowing. Clearly "Snuff" will not get the respect that other documentaries get, but that doesn't make it any less valid. It crosses the line one time too many to be taken completely seriously, but there are moments here that will intrigue you.

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders

On netflix streaming. Not for everyone since it shows clips from faces of death and canibal holocaust. I also watched another movie S&man that on streaming about fake snuff movies. Disturbing tuff but intriging.

Jeff Heruth
Jeff Heruth

A fairly dull doc that shines absolutely no new light on the urban legend of snuff film. Skippable.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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