10 Horror Movies That Are Basically Just Torture Porn

10. Snuff (1975)

Credited as the picture that helped mythologize the snuff film, Snuff began life as Slaughter (not to be confused with the Blaxploitation movie starring Jim Brown), a 1971 gore film that depicted the depredations of a Manson-like cult. Filmed on the cheap in Argentina, it was the first horror picture from Michael and Roberta Findlay, the husband and wife team that had hitherto made primitive sexploitation movies. After playing in only 3 theaters, Slaughter would€™ve fallen into well-deserved obscurity but for a producer named Allan Shackleton who, sensing an opportunity, changed the title and added a brief epilogue. In Shackleton€™s footage, a young actress (she€™s supposed to be the female lead in Slaughter, but looks nothing like her) is murdered while the camera keeps rolling, but the sequence is so badly handled that it has an unintended comic effect. Bad acting aside, the gore is so obviously fake that it ruins the intended shock when the screen goes black and the cameraman is heard announcing that they€™ve run out of film. Still, it was enough to fan the flames and before long, the existence of snuff films became an acknowledged €œfact€.
 
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