Originally posted by SunChaser
The definition of Snuff film posted by El_Topo is as accurate as you will get. (snip)
Very good post and thanks for the support Sunchaser.
To re-iterate and clarify some points I made earlier (and several months ago!) in this thread:
Those claiming to have seen an actual snuff film have not. I work in the fringes of the film industry, as a critic for horror/exploitation/adult
films. I see a lot things that most people would prefer to think didn't exist and I get a lot of screeners for films that make me want to scrub out
the inside of my DVD player.
Despite the ever increasing brutality of the films, the one thing they have in common is that they are all 100% fake. Companies like
(link is worksafe) produce snuff themed adult features. They are a tame
example, other companies produce rape, torture, and necrophilia theme titles as well. There are films such as August Underground, the aforementioned
Guinea Pig series, and Psycho: Snuff Reels to name a few that would appear very real and disturbing to the average person. That is their goal. Its a
marketing tool, like the Blair Witch Project's assertion that it was "found footage".
I still however believe that "snuff films" as I defined them earlier (films of murder made with the intention of distributing them for profit) exist
in the world and more specifically in the USA today. As several ATSers have pointed out, both a market and a means exist. Whoever I stick to my
claim that there is a high unlikelyhood that anyone has "stumbled upon" one, on the internet or otherwise. An actual snuff film would be so
valuable and rare that it wouldn't be floating around anywhere. Like in the film 8MM, you would have to immerse yourself very deeply in a network of
unsavory characters before you'd even be able to come across someone willing to give you information about a legit snuff film.
To address the issue as to why someone would be interested in such an item as those I've mentioned, so-called death films (called Mondo films by
people like me
), and various other horrible things, I leave you with this:
Did you ever notice when there is a wreck on the side of the road, all the cars slow down and look? Do you think they are all checking to see if they
need to help? Morbid curiosity is unfortunately a very human trait, just like lust, gluttony, and assorted other vices. Some in our society take
their addiction for the morbid too far, just as the junkie takes his addiction too far.