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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
Recommended for devolved primates only!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

SNUFF (1976)

 This is a movie I've watched several times since first being disturbed by it as a young fella watching late one night on a shitty-looking VHS.  It's attempts to simulate an actual snuff film lingered in my head for a while after viewing .  That's only the last scene though and the rest of the movie isn't very good  but for some reason I keep getting drawn back to it.  Maybe it's the Charles Manson-esque tale of a cult of biker chicks led by a kooky character or maybe it's just knowing that the fake-snuff footage is coming that keeps me watching.
  By far the most interesting thing about this film is it's history which started out as a movie called SLAUGHTER made by legendary sleaze-movie couple Michael and Roberta Findlay.  This is where all the death-trippin' biker stuff comes from.  Then in the last few minutes you get a girl(who isn't in the 1st part of the movie at all) cut up and disemboweled for the camera.  This scene seems to still be a little bit of a mystery from what I can gather.  Like who the hell are these actors?  From what I've read it was shot in porn-director Carter Stevens studio so maybe he has the answers.
 After this film was released the guy who had the idea to make this thing in the 1st place, Al Shackleton, hired some protesters to picket the film(always a brilliant plan!) and then attracted real protesters and the rest is history.  Reported in newspapers and on TV as possibly a real snuff movie now in theaters!  What better advertising could you wish for?  Whispered about from then on(mostly by people who never saw it, I'm sure, since the actual killing looks about as fake as possible!) and freaking out uptight citizens anywhere it was mentioned.
 Sadly, I think if something like this was seriously tried today the producer might end up in jail on some made-up terrorism charge.

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