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* In the episode "The Devil of Christmas" of ''Series/InsideNo9'', a short horror film is featured, with narration by the unjustifiably proud director who is being interviewed. In the final scene of the film, the main actress is murdered, and the interview is revealed to [[spoiler: take place in a police station following the director's arrest.]]
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* ''Manga/DeadTube'': A variant on the concept, but at its core it's still people making money from homemade videos of sex and murder.
* ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'': The plot of "Innocent As a Human" revolves around these being distributed on the internet -- the fact that they involving filming humans being eaten by vampires is what gets Hellsing involved.

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* ''ComicBook/BackToBrooklyn'': Paul makes these with young boys which are recorded by [[spoiler: Penny]].
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Some gangs in Mega City One kidnap people off the streets so they can record how they torture them to death and then sell the stuff as holographic "VI-Zines".
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': Modesty and Willie bust up a snuff film ring in "Milord".

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* ''Film/EightMM'': A private investigator is hired by a rich widow and her attorney to find out whether an apparent snuff film discovered in her late husband's safe is the real thing. Welles can find no proof that snuff films are anything other than an UrbanLegend. [[spoiler:It turned out that Longsdale discovered this, too, so he hired Velvet to create one.]]
* ''Film/{{Carver}}'': Bobby Shaw's passion, though he is also fine with killing people sans camera.
* ''Film/ColdInJuly'': [[spoiler: Freddy, who's under a Witness Protection program, films himself killing illegal immigrant prostitutes and sell the tapes with such labels as [[UnusualEuphemism ''Batting Practice'']].]]
* ''Film/TheDen'': [[spoiler: The ultimate goal of the killers is to create snuff films, which they sell online.]]
* ''Film/{{Detention}}'': Principal Verge refers to the tape from the party as this, given how it caught [[spoiler:Billy's]] death at the hands of Cinderhella.
-->"Who taught you how to make a snuff porno? Music/LadyGaga?"
* ''Film/{{Hardcore}}'': Jake has to look through one to see whether or not the victim in the video is his daughter. [[spoiler: It isn't, thankfully]].
* ''Film/TheHillsRunRed'': The killings shown in Concannon's movie are discovered to be real.
* ''Film/HomeMovie'': [[spoiler:The kids probably recorded themselves murdering their parents, even if we don't see them do so.]]
* ''Film/LaidToRest'': [=ChromeSkull=] records the murders he commits with a shoulder-mounted video camera.
* ''Film/{{Marebito}}'': Masuoka kills two women while recording with his camera.
* ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes'': It's about a prolific serial killer who recorded every single one of his murders, acquiring a collection of '''over 800 tapes'''.
* ''Film/{{Sabotage}}'': Breacher gets one - of his family being tortured and killed by a cartel thug.
* ''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo'': The Yakuza bad guy captured his decapitation by katana of a woman on camera, then later shows it to one of her friends as a threat of what he might do to her.
* ''Film/Snuff102'': The film critic states that it is highly improbably that there is a secret market dedicated to snuff, but it is entirely possible that an isolated individual could produce his own films, and share them.
* ''Film/StrangeDays'': "Blackjack" vids, in which the user jacked in actually experiences the SQUID wearer's death. Lenny has a marked distaste for them and refuses to deal in them. The movie opens with him being annoyed at Tick for bringing him a tape of a robbery that ended with the robber's death, because he's going to have to edit the last bit out.
* ''Film/SharkNight'': The main villains are making these by feeding people to sharks with Frickin' Video Cameras strapped to them.
* ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'': Videodrome is snuff ''television''. When Max starts watching it, having hacked into the Videodrome signal, he initially thinks that it's faked, but none of the "participants" who are tortured onscreen ever return. Or that's how it appears at first... [[spoiler:the twist is that the MoralGuardians are actually responsible for it.]]

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* ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'': Patrick sometimes films himself torturing women to death. He once shows one of these videos to a woman before killing her.
* ''Literature/AnitaBlake'': Anita investigates weres making these.
* The ''Literature/DalzielAndPascoe'' novel ''A Pinch of Snuff'' has the characters investigating a violent porn film that a doctor who watched it thought looked too realistic to be faked.
* ''Literature/DistantStar'': A weird non-film example. Wieder kills people and uses them as "inspiration" for his art. At one time he even organizes an photography exposition; all the photographs are of some of his victims.
* A snuff-movie racket is one of the plot elements of Joseph Wambaugh's crime novel ''The Glitter Dome''.
* Robert Campbell's novel ''In La-La-Land We Trust'' has a private eye investigating a snuff movie operation.
* The Literature/MatthewScudder novel ''A Dance at the Slaughterhouse'' begins with somebody discovering a video cassette showing two serial murderers torturing and killing a victim in the case of a copy of ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'' at a video rental store. By the end of the novel, it's still unclear whether the leaking of the tape was a mistake on the part of the killers or a deliberate act of trolling by them.
* ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'': Dread likes to record his "kills" on camera for his own private amusement. This ends up being a ChekhovsGun.
* ''Literature/RedDragon'': Part of Dolarhyde's M.O. in the book. He films the deaths of his victims and films himself having sex with the woman's corpse. Later he masturbates to it and fuels his obsession with being looked at.
* ''Literature/ShootToKill'': The plot is kicked off by them discovering the film reel Dan "borrowed" is actually footage of a man being tortured by gangsters. And it's one of a series...

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* ''Series/BeingHumanUK'': Some vampires create homemade pornography ending with the murder of their victims, then pass it round.
* ''Series/BeingHumanUS'': Aidan receives a DVD from Rebecca which features her having sex with a man and then killing him.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': A number of [=UnSubs=] ("Hopeless", notably) have a habit of recording their murders, sometimes for... [[ADateWithRosiePalms later use]]. In the book ''Jump Cut'', the [=UnSubs=] planned on making "the best horror film ever" by using real murders, and were insane enough to believe it will make them rich and famous once they show it at film festivals and the like.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': "Snuff". The [=CSI=]s investigate a snuff film featuring the murder of a young woman that was anonymously sent to a pornographic film developer.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': The Barrel Girl Gang recorded their own rapes/murders of young women for their own viewing pleasure. Of course, this leads to a mountain of incriminating evidence for the police to sort through once their crimes are exposed.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Vengeance on Varos" is about a [[CrapsackWorld deeply messed-up]] space colony whose regime, among other charming habits, sells recordings of the public torture and execution of dissidents to underground perverts on other planets as snuff movies.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'': "Performance". Briscoe and Logan investigate a possible snuff film, but it turns out to be faked when they find the girl on the tape is still alive. This does, however, expose an underground sex club at a prestigious high school.
* ''Series/TheLastDetective'': The plot of "Dangerous Liasons" revolves around a 20-year-old snuff film and the murdered man who apparently recorded it.
* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': Kirby visits a Snuff director called Dalibor while searching for the film, while ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' features the torture and mutilation of [[spoiler:an angel]]. Dalibor explains that this was the secret to Bakovic's success -- [[BloodMagic blood spilled on film grants it supernatural power]] and Bakovic took this to the ultimate extreme by doing so to a [[spoiler:sacred being.]]
* ''Series/Preacher2016'': Characters appear to be watching one in "Possibilities", and there's a glimpse of a poster for Houston's Fourth Annual Snuff Film Festival. In what can be called Snuff Audio, Odin listens to animals being slaughtered.
* ''Series/RipperStreet'': Sir Arthur Donaldson in "I Need Light" is attempting to create the world's first snuff film.

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* Music/{{Bongripper}}: The title of their song, "Snuff Film," tied with the song, "Sex Tape," which gives off some [[FridgeHorror unsettling vibes]].
* Music/NineInchNails: The ''Broken'' movie was filmed (very convincingly) to look like one in its wraparound story.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Blackout}}'': [[spoiler:TheReveal involves finding out that the PlayerCharacter works as the CleanupCrew for a local mob that makes these kind of films. That is the reason why there was a headless body in his apartment at the beginning of the game; he was working his macabre trade when the memory loss suddenly kicked in.]]
* ''VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution'': Dom records himself and his cronies torturing staff members when they turn mutinous.
* ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'': The entire plot of the first game. Seen in the second game with the hidden cameras in the torture rooms of the sex club. Additionally at a turning point in both games the protagonist [[spoiler:is shown a video of his family being murdered]] shifting their motivation from survival to revenge.
* ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'': You can uncover a medieval version of this: a troupe of actors performs plays where unsuspecting extras are murdered for the amusement of noble patrons.

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* ''Literature/OneNationUnderJupiter'': While not a film, Diagoras watches a play called ''The Death of Hercules'', with the title role played by a captured member of the Sons of Horus. It ends with the prisoner being burned alive.
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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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