Snuff (1976)
By: David Michael Brown on October 4, 2005  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Stomp Visual (Australia). All Regions, NTSC. 4:3. English DD 2.0 Mono. 76 minutes
The Movie
Director: Michael Findlay, Roberta Findlay
Starring: Roberta Findlay, Anna Carro
Screenplay: A. Bochin, Michael and Roberta Findlay
Country: USA
The snuff film is the stuff of legend; the mainstream has made films about them, from Cronenberg's Videodrome to Nicholas Cage in 8mm. Charlie Sheen has reported the Guinea Pig series to the FBI thinking it was real, even Ruggero Deodato got into trouble when authorities thought that Cannibal Holocaust didn't use any special effects. We've had Mondo movies and the awful Faces of Death series but what could be more infamous than the often-banned film Snuff? Well pretty much anything as you will see! Anyone who has seen Findlay's Shriek of the Mutilated will know of the talents involved, a high quality cinematic experience isn't really on the cards. The Findlay's make Doris Wishman look like Stanley Kubrick.

Starting off as a Manson inspired gang film where people will do anything for their next hit, the film quickly descends into farce with its implausible plotting, awful acting and flat direction which leads us onto the moment that made everyone watch this film in the first place. The camera pans back and we see the filmmakers preparing for the next scene. They then proceed to gorily slaughter an actress "for real" but the terrible effects tell you immediately that there is definitely nothing-real happening before your eyes. It was meant to be a shocking scene but really just looks a bit silly. The footage apparently comes from a completely different horror film that was edited onto the end of the Findlay's unfinished project, originally called Slaughter.

The final scene is pretty much all the film has to recommend it apart from the opening that blatantly rips off Easy Rider, even down to the Born to be Wild opening theme. During the actresses bloody demise the filmmakers cut and carve her up with a multitude of power tools and accessories but how anyone could ever have believed this is beyond me. It's a film that doesn't deserve any of its legendary status.
Nothing spectacular, a pretty flat transfer but I'm sure the original negative didn't give them much to work on.
As above, the soundtrack is adequate.
Extra Features
The disc is actually an exact copy of the US Blue Underground release licensed by Stomp Visual for an Australian release so there are no extras. The disc is packaged in a mock brown paper bag, with no reference to the DVD company and is part of a numbered series. I'm not sure if this is part of the limited US numbered release or a new batch printed for Aussie collectors.
The Verdict
A no thrills disc of a no thrills film. There aren't even chapter stops or menus on the disc.
Movie Score
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