This book examines death in film and whether snuff exists or not.
It starts with fictional snuff in fiction movies, including 'Snuff'(1976), 'Peeping Tom'(1960), and 'Emanuelle In America'(1976). It moves on to death in mondo films, real and fake. Lastly is a section on death in media, snuff films, and the hysteria surrounding them.
The book is meticulous and well researched. There is a ton of info on all subjects included and it's all well written. You can tell the authors put alot of time and effort into this book.
Does this book solve the mystery of the existence of snuff? The authors seem to suggest that it is highly unlikely that it exists.
But then again, if you had seen a real, illegal snuff film would you admit it? Aside for Charlie Sheen (who reported the japanese movie 'Flower Of Flesh And Blood' to the FBI as snuff) I think very few would. And there is the real problem with any study of snuff; sure there are no confirmed snuff films, but.....
That said, this is an excellent book on death in film and media, and invaluable to anyone interested in the subject.
Killing for Culture: An Illustrated History of Death Film from Mondo to Snuff (Creation Cinema #1) review
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