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The controversial "video nasty" that brought a little known film term into the popular lexicon, Snuff! The makers of Snuff, an exploitation splatter film, marketed it as a real snuff film. Even though it was exposed as the obvious hoax that it was in 1976 by Variety magazine. And which was totally obvious to anyone that had actually bothered to watch it and its low-budget special effects. The urban myth still surrounded it for years, propelled in many ways by the tabloid press in the UK, who berated it as one of the corrupting "video nasties" of the 80s.
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The concept of the "snuff film" didn't begin with the movie Snuff, but it is the movie that most people associate with the urban myth of snuff films.
The movies actually started out as a low-budget movie called Slaughter, made in Argentina in 1971. The movie wasn't successful, it wasn't until 4 years later that it was picked-up and re-released with a new ending, the actual "snuff" part of the whole film. It was filmed in a vérité style, to look realistic. A woman appears to be killed by the film crew of the movie Slaughter, which appears to just be spliced on the end of the movie, and suddenly and abruptly ends. Thus creating the urban legend.