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13th Aug '13 7:49:12 PM Willbyr
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Behold: the snuff film, a film where a person's death, the gorier the better, is captured on celluloid (or digital data in these internet-connected times) for someone else's...prurient interest. The snuff film has captured American imagination since the days of the [[CharlesManson Manson Family]]; in the aftermath of the cult's killings, the author of a true crime book on the Family put forth the rumor that they had videotaped their killings, inadvertently creating the term "snuff film." It wasn't true, but when American producers brought the Argentinian horror stinker ''Slaughter'' (based loosely on the Mansons) over to America they retitled the movie ''Snuff'', tacked on a new and gorier ending, and launched a viral campaign that someone had actually been murdered on film as part of the movie.

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Behold: the snuff film, a film where a person's death, the gorier the better, is captured on celluloid (or digital data in these internet-connected times) for someone else's...prurient interest. The snuff film has captured American imagination since the days of the [[CharlesManson [[UsefulNotes/CharlesManson Manson Family]]; in the aftermath of the cult's killings, the author of a true crime book on the Family put forth the rumor that they had videotaped their killings, inadvertently creating the term "snuff film." It wasn't true, but when American producers brought the Argentinian horror stinker ''Slaughter'' (based loosely on the Mansons) over to America they retitled the movie ''Snuff'', tacked on a new and gorier ending, and launched a viral campaign that someone had actually been murdered on film as part of the movie.



To reiterate, snuff films exist in the realm of myth and legend. While many petty criminals have been known to film their own crimes, none have been so foolish as to film a crime for which they could be executed only for the purpose to film and distribute it (save for a possible exception), and [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/snuff.asp no such film has ever been commercially distributed.]][[hottip:* :Note that this article hasn't been updated in several years, though]]

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To reiterate, snuff films exist in the realm of myth and legend. While many petty criminals have been known to film their own crimes, none have been so foolish as to film a crime for which they could be executed only for the purpose to film and distribute it (save for a possible exception), and [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/snuff.asp no such film has ever been commercially distributed.]][[hottip:* :Note ]][[note]]Note that this article hasn't been updated in several years, though]]
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