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Snuff-Movie FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Bernard Rose
Produced by Donald Kushner
Peter Locke
Written by Bernard Rose
Starring Jeroen Krabbé
Hugo Myatt
Lisa Enos
Teri Harrison
Alastair Mackenzie
Lyndsey Marshal
Music by Matthew Schultz
Edited by David Gamble
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release dates
  • 23 August 2005 (2005-08-23)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United Kingdom

Snuff-Movie is a 2005 gothic horror film by British director Bernard Rose. It stars Jeroen Krabbé as a horror film maker named Boris Arkadin, whose pregnant wife, Mary, was brutally murdered by a Manson-like gang of hippy psychopaths during the 1960s...or was she? An eccentric recluse, Boris makes a come-back when he invites some actors to a large mansion in the English countryside to 'audition' for his new film. But unknown to most of them they are being filmed by hidden cameras linked to a 'snuff' website.


Snuff-Movie features several films within the film, the first being a Hammer Horror like production by Boris Arkadin, the second being amateur home-movie type of the killings of the hippy psychopaths, filmed by one of their number. The apparent butchery and murder of horror film director Arkadin's pregnant wife is an allusion to the similar killing of horror film director Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate by the Manson gang.[1] Amongst the cinematic in-jokes on display in Snuff-Movie is the very name of the manic film director: 'Boris' being a reference to Boris Karloff and 'Arkadin' being a reference to Orson Welles's Mr Arkadin.[2] As the film progresses questions of voyeurism, sex, violence, exploitation, what is real and what is 'just a movie' are explored: one scene shows an actress being 'crucified' in front of a crowd, another show an actress being tarred and feathered with the word 'whore' tattooed on her forehead. At the very end we learn that Boris' wife Mary was in on it, playing one of the actors he invited to his house, and that nobody died after all…or did they?


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