Snuff (1976/Blu-ray/Blue Underground) Review

What do you get when you take a shitty movie and add a fake snuff scene ending? Well you get a film called Snuff. The original film was called "Slaughter" and was based on the Manson Family murders and was so bad it could not get distributed. A few years later it was bought up by Allan Shackleton and a newly made "snuff" ending was tacked on and was re-titled Snuff. Just changing the name was a genius idea because it brought attention to it that it would of never gotten otherwise. Also what helped was the protests and controversy that was supposedly started up by Allan Shackleton which caused droves of people to go to theaters to see what was so bad about this film. Sadly all they got was a really badly made film with an overly unrealistic tacked on ending.

I really do enjoy the occasional bad film that is so poorly executed because it can be enjoyable to sit back and view the train wreck that it is. One of the most shining parts of this film is the horrible dubbing that makes a Godzilla films dubbing seem amazingly well done and in sync. That does add an interesting charm to the film. The pacing and editing of the film really is poorly executed and actually becomes annoying quite a bit. Also the dialogue is horrendous as well and is simply just bad. To top it off they actually named the cult leader Satan which is uninspiring and unoriginal. To add to bad of this film the tacked on ending is so badly done and so fake looking it does not help to try and redeem the film, for example when the girls hand is cut off it still moves which would not happen it would simply lay there once removed.
There is one thing that saves this film and that is the presentation on this release. For such a poorly made film they did a good job on the restoration. The film does still have it's ruff and rugged look, but the detail is way better as well as they did clean up the damage and debris a bit. The audio is quite good as well and is very clear. Unlike the older DVD release from Blue Underground this release actually has some special features which includes 3 interviews, US Trailer, German Trailer, a featurette called "Snuff: The Seventies and Beyond", and much more! Overall this is really well put together release of this controversial cult film that if you love this film it is well worth the upgrade and is a good purchase for those who have been curious to see what this film has to offer!
Oh and I just wanted to mention that this release will also come in a blood red case in the first pressing of this special edition release! So if you want to get that blood colored case then I suggest you pick this one up now before they are all gone! I give this release a 5 out of 5, and I give this film a 1 out of 5!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

 Director: Michael & Roberta Findlay (original directors), Allan Shackleton (added the "Snuff" ending)
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Genre: Exploitation
Blu-ray Release Year: 2013
Theatrical Release Year: 1976
Time Length: 80 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Region Code: All Region
Release Company: Blue Underground
Website:  blue-underground.com

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