Title: Snuff

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Year: 1998

Genre: Short / Horror / Gore

Language: Italian

Runtime: 13 min

Director: Roger A. Fratter

Writer: Paolo Wendell, Maurizio Quarta


A man hires a woman from an escort service and when she shows up to his place, he sets the mood by playing a snuff movie from his collection.

Our thoughts:
In one of my excursions of acquiring random crap simply because it was obscure lead me to obtaining a copy of Roger A. Fratter's "Snuff". While he's mostly known for his documentaries about Joe D'Amato and his own sleazy-gore flick, "Anabolyzer", "Snuff" appears to be one of his early short films. Hard to say since I couldn't find much info on "Snuff" and it's hard to find any information regarding Fratter that is in English.

Anyway, "Snuff" is a simple gore short about a man who hires an 'escort' to come over, and like all creepy bastards with ponytails. He starts playing a home movie that contains nothing but scene after scene of people being killed and mutilations. Of course, playing in the world of reality, the prostitute gets hot-n-heavy and wants to get busy while the guy continues to watch his snuff movie. Things turn grim when the girl realizes it's his home movies, but by that time it's too late, and you guessed it, she becomes the next star in his movie.

Really, there isn't much of a point to "Snuff". In fact watching it I felt like I was watching a mixtape as most of the killings and mutilations that you see are of varying degree of quality -- some of the effects look great, others look like junk. A majority of the footage also looks like they came from someone's home-video horror movie. Roger Fratter's early home movies? Possibly. To give "Snuff" some credit, the movie is actually well made for what it is and even more surprisingly is that it actually contains quite a bit of nudity from a couple good looking women. Fratter definitely deserves a pat on the back for stuffing more gore (even if some of it looks like shit) and nudity in a 13 minute short film, than what most people have in a feature length. "Snuff" isn't for those who are looking for a poignant horror short but rather for the gore and obscurity aficionados.

Positive things:
- Surprising amount of nudity.
- Some good gore.
- A shot of "Nekromantik" and "Nekromantik 2" tapes sitting on the guy's shelf.
Negative things:
- Pointless.
- Some bad effects.

Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 3/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0/5

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