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SNUFF: A Documentary About Killing on Camera is a feature film examining the existence of films in which people are murdered on camera and the culture surrounding them. Through interviews with former FBI Profilers, Cultural Academics, and Film Historians the documentary delves into the disturbing history and myth of Snuff Films. The FBI claims there is no evidence to prove the existence of Snuff and, therefore, Snuff Films are a myth. This documentary analyzes the relationships between war, cult films, serial killers and pornography to prove whether or not this pervasive myth is, in fact, reality.

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Product Details

  • Directors: Paul Von Stoetzel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Westlake Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AYPST8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,181 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tristan on February 3, 2012
Format: DVD
Man, what a piece of junk this documentary was. Being someone who has somewhat of a slight interest in the idea of the existence of snuff films, I watched this expecting something that would maybe talk about the legend, where the legend came from, what the idea of snuff films say about our society, the numerous instances in which the urban legend came close to being a reality, and perhaps an investigation on these so-called pieces of evidence. Instead, what I got was one of the most numbskulled documentaries I've seen in a while. I'm not sure whose idea it was to put out this cheap piece of sensationalism, but on the plus side at least this isn't as bad as Buried in the Sand.

The documentary starts off alright. The first big question is asked. "What is a snuff film?" the definition of which, people to this day have a difficult time understanding. A snuff film is a picture in which a person is killed for the film as a means of profit or commercial distribution. Before I get into what this film does wrong, I want to say that I do believe that snuff films exist. I don't think that they exist in the mainstream, and I think the idea of their possible availability in the world of underground pornographic films (like in the Joel Schumacher film 8mm) is very limited. I think that the Paul Schrader picture Hardcore features a much more realistic possibility of how a snuff film can exist. As cheesy as it sounds, I do think that somewhere in some small little screening room in some shady apartment building, a rich person is paying a high amount of money to have a snuff film screened, personally, to them. The reason why I think this is happening is simple.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jesse A. Corder on September 17, 2008
Format: DVD
Being somewhat of a horror film fan, I was in the mood for some nice splatter and fun gore. However, I found, to my pleasant surprise, this film doesn't have any of those things. Why that is so pleasant is because what it did deliver was a disturbing view on the human psyche. It goes all over the map in terms of range of films covered, from early seventies "real snuff" to war footage. If any one is interested in an intense psychological look into the darkness that is the human experience, this is never to be looked over. Watch it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Frederick on May 11, 2012
Format: DVD
I should have known I would hate this. Even if the directors and movie critics and even FBI agents on camera assure me they are fakes, I don't like horror movies, so what made me think I could stomach this?

Dinner will be late tonight.
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A rather sloppily slapped together documentary about the possible existance of real snuff films, explores the myths as well as the reality. There are some extremely disdurbing moments within some of the footage. Most of it is from films that have already been dismissed as fake but were once thought to be real because some people thought they might be real snuff movies, such as Itallian director Deodatos very graphic and realistic film Cannibal Holcaust. But the most disturbing moments involve real video shot of actual death such as the beheading of an american soldier by Iraqi terrorists. That is indeed pretty horrific even though this documenjtary cuts away just as the beheading begins. Also the footage serial killer Charles Ing and his partner shot of their captives before they abused then murdered them is very terrible to see. By the grace of God we are not subjected to having to see the actual deaths of any of their victims, but it is still pretty horrifying none the less. Though this documentary has some very disturbing moments it is still tame compared to another far more disturbing film I recently saw about real death called Death Scenes, which is so disturbing it makes Faces of Death feel like Peter Pan. None the less this film did manage to get under my skin even if it was rather poory produced.
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