Snuff (1976)

Snuff (1976) movie poster

directors Michael Findlay, Horacio Fredriksson, Simon Nuchtern
viewed: 08/04/2012

This “notorious” exploitation film is really two films in one.  The main part of the film, shot by Michael and Roberta Findlay, is a garbled story of female bikers, drug enthusiasts, a Charles Manson-like leader, and a whole lot of confusion.    Shot in Argentina and originally planned to be titled “Slaughter,” it’s a very low-grade of low-grade movie.  And it’s a wonder if it would earn any notoriety on its own.

Some time later, a final sequence was shot, in which the film pulls back from the final scene to reveal the film-makers shooting the flick.  And then one thing leads to another and the crew turns on a woman, binds her, chops off her fingers and then disembowels her.  Like a “Snuff” film.  And the film was then marketed against that schtick.

Like other films that eventually fall into the “faux found footage” genre like Cannibal Holocaust (1980) to The Blair Witch Project (1999), the film’s only real powerful calling card was in fooling anyone to believe that this was indeed real, not a fake. It’s hard to imagine anyone believing it.  Except for the disemboweling (gruesome-looking intestines) and the rough cut sudden ending, it doesn’t scream of verity.  And then you had to sit through the rest of the other part to even get to it.

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