Title: The Great American Snuff Film

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Year: 2003

Genre: Horror / Torture / Independent

Language: English

Runtime: 87 min

Director: Sean Tretta

Writer: Sean Tretta

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0471726/

Two pretty young women are abducted to be the featured stars of a snuff film produced by a couple low-life goons. The ladies are bound, gagged, tortured, burned with cigarettes and forced to dig their own graves.

Our thoughts:
So I decided to toss this in at four in the morning, and in the process, got myself a bowl of cereal. I have eaten said bowl of cereal without flinching or so much as belching, or stopped for a "What the fuck was THAT?!" moment. The whole premise is a serial killer, that liked to tape his killings, and the events have all been "re-enacted". I think it's bullshit to begin with... a lot of movies use "based on a true story" bullshit tag... it worked on "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", it apparently worked for that goddamn "Blair Witch" movie, but it couldn't save this one.

First of all, the production sucks: I'm sure this was someone's baby, but facts are facts: the video transfer isn't that good, the plot is threadbare at base (the killer has a partner. who seems to like men), it tries a Quentin Tarantino tactic of moving time frames around, to poor effect in this case.

Acting by the "killers", the sound quality (and lack thereof), the retardation of most of the "victims" in their acting, the video quality, is all utter fucking SHIT! Which might not be an issue, if there was a story or a likable (or even tolerable) character. The killers are, honestly, annoying: white trash in a way that would have Rob Zombie taking notes on how not to make "The Devil's Rejects II". I take a real issue with homosexual serial killer rednecks. If this were a Troma film, I'd surely be laughing, but this... The problem is simple: IT TRIES TOO HARD.

The victims are somewhat sympathetic when they're gagged, but you know that in a movie like this, they won't escape. The killers come back as they come to, and brutality ensues, in the form of a sucker punch to the stomach, more sedation, whining from the victims (which gets really irritating) - and then we're told that the killers are going to take their time. Back to scenes of a junkyard, dogs and the trailer with the girls. There is a scene where they drink what one is supposed to believe is urine. Great. This would be disgusting if it was believable. On chapter 8 it already felt like I've watched the fucking "Titanic". Twice. At the end we see a two-minute (supposedly) real snuff film. Sorry, I've seen real death, and this ain't it. Nice try, but this isn't real: not by a long shot. Honestly, I could keep writing, but any more writing would be pointless. If this is the best they could do, they needed a bigger book of ideas.

So, to summarize: if you like bad acting, bad writing, bad direction, bad music, and fake "real" premises, and the promise of a movie that will ultimately suck, then by all means, get this. If you like horror films, and have an interest in serial killers, I'd steer you to the far superiour "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" (loosely based on Henry Lee Lucas and Otis Toole: embellished, of course), or "The Last Horror Movie". Both far superior to this undercooked serial killer exploitation, and ones that are far more graphic, cruel and (at times) more of thinker films. I would rather have the hair on my balls pulled out, one by one, than watch this horseshit again.

Positive things:
- I suppose this will be shocking to some Christian right fucknut.
Negative things:
- The movie itself, and the fact that a copy of The Last Horror Movie could have been on it as opposed to the tripe.

Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 1/5
Story: 0/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 1/5
EXTRA: Sleepability Factor:
You can safely nap to this.

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Reviewed by:
Shawn Tumor (Guest reviewer)


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