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Snuff (1976)

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1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Director's Cut, NTSC, Limited Collector's Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: X (Mature Audiences Only)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E6KIFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

"Snuff is the film that sparked the urban legend of the "Snuff" film, and one of the most legendary grindhouse films. Originally called "Slaughter", the new name came about when one of the original distributors added new scenes to the film that supposedly showed a woman being murdered by the film crew. Gaining new status, Snuff strongly inspired contemporary directors such as Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino.

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what you're thinking June 26, 2003
Like many films that appeared in the early 70s and raised a stink for one reason or another - the publicity surrounding the Findlay's film Snuff is more interesting than the film itself. In fact, this film - which supposedly depicted the actual dismembering of a young girl - caused such a fuss when it played in New York that the mayor demanded that the perpetrators be captured and prosecuted. That is, of course, until the producers admitted that the film was a fraud and produced the dead actress for all to see. The thing is, Snuff films have always been the stuff of urban legends - and still are (that's probably a good thing). Clearly a reaction to the urban legend, this film is nothing more than a late 60s Hell's Angelsish biker movie with a tacked on ending in which the film's director disembowels a young blond girl. Not sexual, and hardly interesting - the snuff bit of the film is hardly impressive as far as either shock or special effects. Of course, you have to sit through a turgid tale of bikers and drug smuggling to even get to this bit - and it just isn't worth it. Maybe a movie to have in your collection as a conversation piece - but then you run the risk of a friend wanting to watch it, and you won't want to.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Life is Cheap - but this DVD sure ain't.... July 29, 2003
SNUFF - The legendary 1977 grindhouse favorite! Remember that great marketing campaign? - "The movie they said no producer could make, no distributor would release, and no audience could stomach. This is the one and only original legendary atrocity shot by Monarch Films in South America and New York, where human life is cheap! The mystery and controversy surrounding this vicious and violent venture remains clouded to this day. Many of the actors and actresses who dedicated their lives to making this film were never seen or heard from again. SNUFF is the film that went too far - it contains scenes of sadism, bondage, bloodshed and mutilation too real to be simulated, too shocking to be ignored. Are the killings in this film real? You be the judge!" Hahhahahahahhaha!
This classic 42nd Street favorite is anything but real (at least in my opinion - you be "the judge"), but whatever you decide, there is no denying that it is an HILARIOUSLY campy, ridiculously-dubbed south-of-the-border exploitation flick! If you don't know it's history, the producers had bought a bad, sleazy 1971 Argentinian revenge flick called "The Slaughter", cut off the ending, added a terribly fake newly shot unrelated "snuff" sequence at the end instead, changed the title to "Snuff" and released it to unsuspecting crowds in 1977. I'm sure it caused a few riots at the time. Is there any snuff in it? No. Is it even about snuff? No. But who cares, it's all in the marketing, right?
This hilariously marketed "limited edition" disc from Blue Underground is as bare-bones as you can get. The keepcase is a replica of a crinkled paper bag. No mention of actors, cast, crew or Blue Underground. Just a UPC code and the limited edition # printed on the back.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needed more July 30, 2003
"Snuff" is a film that "those in the know" regarding early seventies exploitation and horror should see at least once. Its main claim to fame was that it was nothing more than a cheap Manson cash-in that was found to be unreleasable. This prompted an enterprising producer to insert a graphically violent ending and then claiming that it displayed an actual murder. Of course, this was proven to be false but the publicity regarding this scene brought much noteriety to the film. The main problem with the DVD is the lack of any extras as it tries to replicate the original viewing experience. The package resembles a brown paper bag with only the title and tag-line displayed, there is no insert card and no information on what the film is about. There is no menu and the movie just starts and after the ending scene simply loops to start again. This is unfortunate as, if one film required a "special edition", this one is it. Why there was not a commentry track illustrating the various trials and tribulations the film went through is beyond me. Seriously, the film itself sucks but the history behind it is amazing. It is too bad that an opportunity to really make a bad film worthwhile with the addition of extras has been lost.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
When sitting down to review this film I was torn between whether it deserved one or five stars. I had known about "Snuff" for quite some time and was very excited when I found that it was availble on DVD. I originally read a great deal about the subject matter for a paper I did on horror movies reflecting cultural fears for a film class, but never got around seeing the film (it was not readily available at the time). This movie is so bad that it truly is a work of art.

"Snuff" was filmed in Argentina (apparently originally to be titled either "El Angel de la muerte" or "American Cannibale") in 1971 or 1972 with out sound and dubbed in America. The premise of this film is loosely based on the Manson murders, although the Manson character named Sataan looked more like a 70's teen hearthrob (like Bobby Sherman) with 5 o'clock shadow. There are plenty of attractive 70's women including a "Sharon Tate" type character who looks like a cross between Jane Birkin and Astrud Gilberto. Everything about this movie is truly wretched, with the exception the music which is in much the style of the Velvet Underground, Brainticket, Amon Duul II and Can playing sort of a "Born to be Wild" themed jam. The dialogue is quite humorous including the leading lady's excellent line, "Please forgive me of my ignorance, but I am facinated by it..." when speaking to her supposidely German (he looked latin, although you would think they could find some Germans somewhere in Argentina) lover's father about his weapon manufacturing business.

The original director (A.Bochin?!?) realized this film was too lousy to release, scraping it before it was complete, sitting on the shelf until 1976 when Michael Findlay added the "snuff" ending to it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This was funny
I give this movie 3 stars, for unintentional humor. I'd say it's a cult movie, But not a good movie about snuff films.
Published on December 20, 2008 by Belial
1.0 out of 5 stars All the hype conceals a very, very bad movie.
Snuff (Michael and Roberta Findlay, 1976)

So I finally got around to seeing Michael and Roberta Findlay's infamous Snuff, the movie that coined the term "snuff film" for... Read more
Published on July 18, 2008 by Robert Beveridge
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very entertaining
I love cheesy movies. I love terrible acting, terrible direction, terrible scripts, everything. However, I have little patience if the movie as a whole is boring. Read more
Published on July 10, 2006 by Steward Willons
Published on September 16, 2005 by Nicole L. Perricellia
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh the humanity!
Have you ever seen a film so bad, so cosmically awful in every single one of its gutter level, rotten attributes that you gaze in open mouthed awe at the idiocy of it all? Read more
Published on December 11, 2004 by Jeffrey Leach
2.0 out of 5 stars PT Barnhem WAS right!
Everbody who's into "underground" horror films knows about "Snuff" but few have actually seen it. And, much like an infamous propaganda film made in Nazi era Germany (ie "Jud... Read more
Published on August 19, 2004 by L Salisbury
1.0 out of 5 stars 0 stars sounds more like it - DO NOT BUY
This movie has to be one of the worst made of all time. It does a very lousy job living up to its name. The acting is at best unemotional, extremely dry and just plain boring. Read more
Published on January 18, 2004 by Rob J.
1.0 out of 5 stars confused!!
I went to see this movie way back when, First showing It was theaters long! and i got to say I think half of it is missing.I watched this new release and im 99. Read more
Published on November 1, 2003 by jim
2.0 out of 5 stars overhyped sadly,but good idea
With a title like this you can see why this movie sounds scary,but it is not that good in my opinion. Read more
Published on October 27, 2003 by Dave B
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