Documentary on Snuff Films Gets Re-Release from Wild Eye Releasing
I think all diehard horror fans are curious about the possibility of the actual existence of snuff films. For those of you who may not know what a snuff film is, this is a movie that films the actual killing of another human being. The FACES OF DEATH films aren’t technically snuff films because they just show people dying on film who were recorded by others. Like the couple who was on vacation and the woman films her husband getting mauled to death by a grizzly bear he was trying to feed. The death was accidental. But in a true snuff film, the sole reason for making such a film is to kill someone on camera for real.
In 2008, a documentary film was released that explored whether snuff films actually exist. The film, SNUFF: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT KILLING ON CAMERA, didn’t glorify or exaggerate any claims. director Paul von Stoetzel set out to find out if there’s any ground for what many believe to be only urban legends. If you haven’t seen this excellent documentary yet then you’re in luck. Wild Eye Releasing is re-releasing SNUFF with new artwork, the original and full edit versions of SNUFF, the award winning short horror film DINNER DATE, and a 30-minute interview with director Paul von Stoetzel. Check out the press release:
Wild Eye Releasing Resurrects Snuff:
A Documentary About Killing on Camera
Available For the First Time in Years On DVD and VOD
New York, NY – Wild Eye Releasing has announced the April 21st DVD and VOD release of Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera. Long out of print and sought after since its initial release, Paul von Stoetzel’s documentary seeks to uncover the “truth” about snuff films, and how serial killers and horror classics like Cannibal Holocaust, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre play into the pervasive cultural rumors about these taboo and near-mythical films.
Explore the disturbing urban legend of the “snuff” film, an alleged film where someone is purposely murdered on camera for profit. This compelling documentary features interviews with film professionals, FBI profilers and academics, who all help examine the myths and evidence of snuff films, and its relationship to cult horror movies, serial killers and pornography in our culture.
The DVD release of Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera (SRP $12.95) will exclusively include a fifth anniversary interview with the director by author/ radio host Dave Schrader and the short film Dinner Date.
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I saw this documentary back in 2008 and loved it. I thought the material was presented in a very neutral way, and director Stoetzel didn’t have a pre-planned agenda. He seemed as interested and curious to get to the bottom of the mystery of snuff films as I was!! The final interview of the documentary was extremely chilling. I’m not going to give anything away, but I highly recommend SNUFF: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT KILLING ON CAMERA. You can order the film on Amazon. This is one of those documentaries I want in my collection. Here’s the trailer:
What do you think? Do you think somewhere in the deepest recesses of the internet there’s a market for snuff films?