A report on Snuff film

Scene from Cannibal Holocaust

Genre of video that purports to show scenes of actual homicide.

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Snuff (film)

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1976 splatter film directed by Michael Findlay and Horacio Fredriksson.

1976 splatter film directed by Michael Findlay and Horacio Fredriksson.

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It is most notorious for being marketed as if it were an actual snuff film.

Italian theatrical release poster

Cannibal Holocaust

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1980 Italian found footage cannibal horror film directed by Ruggero Deodato and written by Gianfranco Clerici.

1980 Italian found footage cannibal horror film directed by Ruggero Deodato and written by Gianfranco Clerici.

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Director Ruggero Deodato
Carl Gabriel Yorke and Francesca Ciardi
The film's impalement scene was one of several scenes examined by the courts to determine whether the violence depicted was staged or genuine.
Ruggero Deodato with Eli Roth on the set of Hostel: Part II (2007)

Yorke described the shoot as having "a level of cruelty unknown to me" and was initially unsure if he was taking part in a snuff film.

Michael Findlay (filmmaker)

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American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter.

American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter.

In 1976, Findlay's distributor/producer Allan Shackleton decided to use the film as a means of exploiting then-growing rumors in New York City about snuff films—movies purporting to show the actual murder of a human being, filmed for the sole purpose of being sold and exhibited for financial gain.

Ruggero Deodato at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival

Ruggero Deodato

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Italian film director, screenwriter, and sometime actor.

Italian film director, screenwriter, and sometime actor.

Ruggero Deodato at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival

Deodato created massive controversy in Italy and all over the world following the release of Cannibal Holocaust, which was wrongly claimed by some to be a snuff film due to the overly realistic gore effects.

Sayenko (left) and Suprunyuk (right) with a dead animal

Dnepropetrovsk maniacs

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The Dnepropetrovsk maniacs (Дніпропетровські маніяки, Днепропетровские маньяки) are Ukrainian serial killers responsible for a string of murders in Dnipro in June and July 2007.

The Dnepropetrovsk maniacs (Дніпропетровські маніяки, Днепропетровские маньяки) are Ukrainian serial killers responsible for a string of murders in Dnipro in June and July 2007.

Sayenko (left) and Suprunyuk (right) with a dead animal
Suprunyuk photographed with a hammer; the court described the motive of the killers as "morbid self-affirmation".
Suprunyuk waits at the road-side before the murder of Sergei Yatzenko on 12 July 2007. The yellow plastic bag conceals the hammer used in the attack. A longer version of the Yatzenko-murder video was obtained by the Chilean TV-documentary-series Aquí en Vivo.

This was corroborated by a former classmate who claimed he often heard Suprunyuk was in contact with an unknown "rich foreign website-operator" who ordered forty snuff-videos, and would pay much money once they were made.

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Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood

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1985 Japanese horror film written and directed by Hideshi Hino.

1985 Japanese horror film written and directed by Hideshi Hino.

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Jason Wojnar of Screen Rant called Guinea Pig 2 the "most notorious" of the Guinea Pig series, noting that those who have seen it "wouldn't fault" someone for thinking it was an actual snuff film.

Down in It

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Debut single by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on September 15, 1989.

Debut single by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on September 15, 1989.

The farmer later handed it to the FBI, who began investigating whether the footage was a snuff film portraying a person committing suicide.