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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Brian James O’Connell

Starring:
Noah Key
Martin Moakler
Whitney Powell

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What's it about
Snuffed is a pseudo-documentary styled film that involves a journalist who is interviewing a serial killer who is still at large, under the condition that the serial killer remains anonymous. The footage is 'found' footage which was recovered after the death of the interviewer.
Is it good movie?

Wow. I'd like to go ahead and say that Snuffed was awesome, and is the perfect example of a low-budget film that completely works. The homemade look and feel of the movie perfectly suits it, and on top of all of this, the acting's great too.

Often, when watching 'indie' horror films, I find myself gritting my teeth through the first half an hour or so, until becoming used to the fact that the film basically has one or two neat things going for it, but that's about it. Right from the outset of Snuffed, I was pulled in and couldn't look away.

The film is basically a narrative, with our southern-twanged serial killer named Ben (real name unknown, of course) essentially discussing his life's work. Now, I know, you've seen things like this before, but trust me, you haven't seen a film like this. As opposed to the drooling monster type, or the batshit insane crazy type, the killer in Snuffed seems just like anyone you'd ever meet, except he happens to enjoy killing people. He's rational, he doesn't fly off the handle, he's very smart, and really does seem like the guy next door.

The difference between Snuffed and other films of this nature is that the other films show the serial killer acting normal (generally too normal-phony normal) and then absolutely losing it when the time comes to dice up their victims. In Snuffed, the killer doesn't suddenly twitch and start going crazy- he remains cool, calm and collected virtually the entire time.

As the film goes on, we learn that the killer videotapes his murders and distributes them to (usually) wealthy buyers who are interested in seeing that kind of stuff. So, as viewers, we're treated to clips of one of the killer's murders of a cheating husband, his wife and his mistress. These clips are interspersed throughout the interview, and really pack a punch. They carry a true sense of inescapable horror and inevitable death, and really are quite tense and terrifying, because they seem so real.

We learn plenty about the killer, from his first thoughts of killing, to who he wants to be caught by, to what he takes from the scene, to his motives (think Saw- he does his homework on the immoral, and makes them pay). The fleshing out of this main character is vital to the story and keeps you simply glued to the screen. The man seems so normal that you almost find yourself rationalizing his behavior as he has done. Only when you see the clips of his killing do you begin to feel uneasy and truly realize how dangerous he really is.

Snuffed was fantastic. Difficult to watch, but nearly flawless. The idea of letting the viewer know that the interviewer is killed at the beginning of the movie helps to build a slow, uneasy suspense that really keeps you wondering what's going to go wrong. All of the acting is top-notch and super-realistic, with special props going out to the actors who play the victims, great great job there.

When you get a chance, make sure you see this film.
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What can I say? This is arguably the best use of a low-budget I’ve ever seen, and one of my favorite indie flicks ever. I thought everything about it was great, and it reeled me in throughout the entire runtime. Find it, watch it.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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