Alison, the UFVA "Journal of Film and Video," Vol. 45, Nos. 2-3, Summer-Fall
1993, featured an article entitled "Soft Core/Hard Gore: _Snuff_ as a Crisis in
Meaning," by Eithne Johnson and Eric Schaefer. This is a study of a specific
film of 1970 called _Snuff_, which was purported to be the real thing. The
authors describe it as essentially the same as a film called _The Slaughter_,
with a clearly fake "snuff" murder scene tacked on at the end. It's an
interesting article, mostly about reactions to reports of snuff films, and
this one in particular. The authors note that "despite the mythic status of
the snuff film, no agency, from the FBI to the Adult Film Association of
America (AFAA), has been able to authenticate the existence of the genuine
article." It seems the AFAA even offered a $25,000 reward if someone could
produce an authenticated snuff film, because they were concerned about this
bringing down the heat on their industry.
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