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SNUFF-MOVIE

Director: Bernard Rose

U.K.| 2005. COLOUR. DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO. 92 MIN.


The latest instalment in the weird career of writer-director Bernard Rose (Paperhouse, Candyman), the DV-shot Snuff-Movie is not a conventional horror picture but a deliriously daft, breezily gory post-post-modern comedy-ofterrors, packed with smart-alecky cinematic in-jokes. Jeroen Krabbe plays Boris Arkadin (first name a nod to Karloff, surname a nod to Orson Welles’ Mr Arkadin), a horror movie director who invites a quartet of attractive young thespians to his country mansion where they are to be ‘auditioned’. The actors realise they’re under constant surveillance from hidden video cameras, the results being broadcast on a payper- view website. Bloody—and increasingly demented— shenanigans ensue. Rose is aiming to have his cake and eat it with this exercise—mocking the genre’s conventions while milking them for all they’re worth—and while he’s clearly enjoying the feast, the fare won’t be digestible to all. As Rose himself admits, this is made for ‘genre aficionados’ rather than general audiences.

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