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Killing for Culture: Death Film from Mondo to Snuff (Creation Cinema Collection) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-10: 1871592208
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A captivating read...Creation's most accomplished film publication so far. This study on the way death has been treated on film is cleverly structured, well researched and lucidly written. It comprehensively covers films made as fiction - e.g. "Peeping Tom", "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" - films purporting to be real - e.g. "Faces of Death" series - and material that is all too real, such as car-crashes, autopsy films and news footage. -- Shivers

A definitive study...thoroughly examining both traditions - mondo and snuff - and picking apart the myths surrounding the latter. -- Sight and Sound

The definitive guide to the history of snuff. -- Empire

Utterly unputdownable. -- Melody Maker

Well-researched and highly readable, Killing for Culture is a must-have. -- Film Threat

About the Author

Editor of Headpress and co-author of Killing For Culture and See No Evil, David Kerekes likes old horror comics, in particular he likes Skywald, which he came to understand at an early age were quite unlike anything else in the literary world.
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Product Details

  • Series: Creation Cinema Collection (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Creation Books; 3rd edition (October 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871592208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871592207
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Manfred Zeichmann on April 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Autopsies. Car crashes. Suicides. Executions. Horrible accidents. Human remains. Assassinations. Welcome to the horrifying and disturbing yet often weirdly fascinating world of death in film. Face it, most people are strangely attracted by images of violence and death - just like stopping and watching when an accident has happened.
KILLING FOR CULTURE concerns death in films. The book starts with the story of an obscure movie named SNUFF in 1976. Originally titled SLAUGHTER, this 1971 ultracheapo horror flick about a MANSON - style murder spree was considered unwatchable and remained unreleased for several years until movie producer Allan SHACKLETON got an idea: He shot a new ending, where an actress was seemingly "killed" on camera for real (though the basement special effects clearly proofed otherwise). Cleverly promoted with the slogan "shot in South America, where life is cheap" SNUFF turned out to be a huge success. This was how the concept of snuff movies (where people are killed for real) was introduced. Other feature films like EMMANUELLE IN AMERICA or LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET further elaborated on this concept. The authors review the above mentioned films and many more in great detail and with much knowledge.
Further chapters revolve around the socalled "mondo" (shockumentary) film and how this genre evolved, starting with MONDO CANE in 1962. Writers KEREKES and SLATER show in a very detailed way, how mondo directors faked and re-enacted death footage, which was allegedly "real". I found this making - of approach particularly interesting. Many of the horrifying mondo films (like THE KILLING OF AMERICA and the infamous FACES OF DEATH series) are dealt with in lengthy reviews. Considering the subject matter one might expect that the book is written in an exploitative way.
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If you are sickly curious, this is a fabulous book. One of the best I've ever read, it is a very thourough documentation on "snuff" films (the murder of someone on camera for the purpose of selling for entertainment). It's chapters completely cover the subject of snuff in ficticious films, mondo, or "shockumentaries," and the actual myth of snuff. So good, it prompted me to write a research paper on it. If you can find a copy of this book, by all means read it, especially if you are fascinated by taboo films, don't have access to these films, or simply don't have the stomach for them.
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CREATION books has taken over the world of publishing books about cinema and this is the best one the have released. A very thourough, well researched and fascinating journey into the subterrainian world of the Mondo movie. David and David approach the subject with abject skill and make every word count even when describing films that would send the average person into a coma for years to come.
This book breaks the barriers and dispells the myths makig it an essential purchase for anyone interested in the darker regions of cinema.
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Weird movies, splatter movies, mondo documentaries, snuff films, and psycho films are profiled and detailed with cast, credit and plot summaries. The focus is on movies which seem to glorify killing, or justify violence. The graphic descriptions and many photos are hard to stomach but written in a clever, dispassionate style with minimal judgements over the content. To their credit, the authors reveal their suspicions about many on-screen death and violence scenes, often revealing how the carnage may have been faked.
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A much-needed, carefully researched book that looks into the darkest of cinematic shadows. I especially like that they debunk the snuff film industry. Also commendable are the copious footnotes and the exhaustive index that lists movies by their alternate titles, directors, and years of production--very helpful when scouring the video stores for "Guinea Pig 2," "Man Behind the Sun," or even "Gimme Shelter." Certainly it gets into some stomach-churning descriptions, but I appreciate the dispassionate approach to a topic usually dealt with by pandering, slavering idiots. These Creation books, man I love 'em.
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This book is very well researched and often shocking. It dispells many myths that have been spread about death films. A good read even for those who are not interested in film.
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