Blue Underground has released the artwork and details for their upcoming release of the notorious 1976 horror film SNUFF, which the company will be releasing on DVD and Blu-Ray in a Special Edition on October 22 2013.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the film, SNUFF was originally called SLAUGHTER, and came to us from husband/wife filmmaker team Michael and Roberta Findlay. Independent low-budget distributor and sometime producer Allan Shackleton took the film and shelved it for four years, but was inspired to release it with a new ending, unbeknownst to the original filmmakers, after reading a newspaper article in 1975 on the rumor of snuff films produced in South America and decided to cash in on the urban legend.
The films' synopsis reads:
Deep in South America, a Manson-like cult leader named Satan cavorts with his bevy of beautiful biker-chick followers while compelling them to kill in his name. When sexy American actress Terry London arrives with producer Max Marsh to shoot a new movie there, the creepy cult targets her and her friends with plans of murder, mayhem and the grisly sacrifice of her unborn baby. Is the final bloody massacre only a movie? Or is it the shocking footage of an actual murder committed before the camera?
Blue Underground releases SNUFF in the two disc formats October 22, each with a “blood red” case available with the first pressing only and a reversible sleeve with the alternate artwork. Produced with the participation of award-winning filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, these releases of Michael and Roberta Findlay’s South American slaughter story (capped by alleged “real murder” footage) feature 1.66:1 widescreen transfers with the original mono soundtrack (in DTS-HD on the Blu-ray). The copious special features include:
- “Shooting SNUFF”: Interview with filmmaker Carter Stevens
- “Up to Snuff”: Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn
- “The Myth of SNUFF”: Interview with retired FBI agent Bill Kelly
- U.S. trailer
- German trailer
- Poster and still gallery
- Controversy gallery
- "SNUFF: The Seventies and Beyond” by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
- Nicolas Winding Refn intro