|Directed by||Bernard Rose|
|Produced by||Donald Kushner
|Written by||Bernard Rose|
|Music by||Matthew Schultz|
|Running time||92 minutes|
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 was brutally murdered by a Manson-like gang of hippy psychopaths during the 1960s. Because of this he has become a recluse, until, several years later, he makes a come-back and invites some actors to a large mansion in the English countryside to 'audition' for his new film. But unknown to them they are being filmed by hidden cameras linked to a 'snuff' website.
Snuff-Movie features two film-within-films, the first being a Hammer Horror like production by Boris Arkadin, the second being amateur home-movie type footage 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 appears to be an allusion to the similar killing of horror film director Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate by the Manson gang. 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. As the film progresses questions of voyeurism, sex, violence, exploitation, what is real and what is 'just a movie' are explored: one scene shows a naked actress being 'crucified' in front of a crowd of film extras, others show an actress being tarred and feathered and in another an actress has the word 'whore' tattooed on her forehead against her will.
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