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David Fresko <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 17 Jan 2009 15:19:08 -0600
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This is a fascinating topic that (broadly) reminds me of two obscure films. 

1) Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Dario Argento, 1971) - Photography is not used to reveal the 
identity of the killer. However, the killer's image is imprinted on the retina of his victim. 
This was a common trope in 19th century crime literature and grows out of the notion of 
the optogram, something like a retinal photograph. Retinal photograph's were also used 
to justify the inclusion of photographs as evidence in courts. More info at FN29, p. 255-
256 in Anne Friedberg's The Virtual Window (MIT, 2006)

2) Island of Blood (William T. Naud, 1982) - This is a forgettable slasher film about an 
on-location film crew being menaced. However, it contains a bizarre twist - the final 
scene reveals that the producers of _another_ movie have been filming all the deaths to 
use in their own exploitation film, implicitly (and clumsily), the film we have just 
watched. I believe that Snuff (Michael and Roberta Findlay, 1976) was re-edited by 
another distribution company at some point and contained a similar film-within-a-film 

On Fri, 16 Jan 2009 14:39:20 +0100, Dorothee Birke <[log in to unmask]> 

>Dear list members,
>This is a question for horror film buffs: we are
>currently trying to compile a corpus of horror films in which
>photography is used in order to show things that are invisible to the
>naked eye. Examples would be The Omen, in which smudges on photographs
>foreshadow the deaths of the people in the picture, or Shutter, in
>which photos reveal the presence of a ghost.
>Can anybody think of horror films featuring photographs or photographers? We would 
greatly appreciate your help!
>With many thanks in advance and best wishes
>Dorothee and Michael
>PS: Other films that already came to mind were Ring, The Shining and The Asphyx.
>Dorothee Birke and Michael Butter
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