Last month, I reviewed a film titled GUT that dealt with a man’s descent into hell after watching a snuff film. As I mentioned in that review, the concept of snuff films has been around for a long time, but much debate still exists in regard to their authenticity. Director Mariana Peralta does not try to convince us SNUFF 102 is real, but instead spins a tale outside of the film while showing us the snuff video footage within it. This unique perspective makes SNUFF 102 a horrific and unforgettable journey into voyeurism hell.
If you are not familiar with SNUFF 102, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Massacre Video:
When a young journalist decides to investigate the macabre world of “snuff films”, the worst of destinations awaits her as she becomes the next on camera victim. Gagged, beaten and terrified; she will do anything to survive! Mariano Peralta’s controversial Argentinian gore film has been deemed one of the sickest and most depraved films ever made. What are the limits of screen violence? Is it moral to keep watching? You be the judge.
I have to confess: I was a bit squeamish going into this one. Given the film’s reputation for its brutality and gore, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was hoping for an entertaining experience, but I was honestly not prepared for what I was about to see. Many of the scenes in the film are hard to watch, and I had to look away a couple of times. This is a testament to the amazing talent of the production team; they do a stunning job in creating realism here.
SNUFF 102 is shot on low-budget cameras, which creates a grainy picture and an almost throwback feel to the film. I was put off with this at first, but quickly embraced this concept, as it actually lends credibility to the movie and the atmosphere it is trying to create. After a short while, I had no problems believing I was actually watching a snuff film (inside of the actual film). My sole complaint about this is that there are some scenes that are TOO grainy and dimly lit to be impactful.
The acting is really good, with the three tortured women giving outstanding performances as they endure unspeakable acts at their tormenter’s hands. I have never seen any of them prior to this film, but I would daresay they will do well with any future roles they procure.
The special effects in SNUFF 102 are ruthlessly good. Gore-hounds will certainly be satisfied with this one, as there’s plenty of carnage to go around. The three woman are tortured mercilessly and subjected to horrors that can barely be described. The special effects team is to be commended and praised for their efforts, as they create a hellish nightmare that will haunt your mind for many sleepless nights to come.
I do not want to say anything else, other than beware of this film if you are sensitive in any way. One of the women is pregnant, therefore the scenes with her are especially difficult to watch. But the whole concept behind the film is difficult. In addition to the torture, it addresses the concept of society’s view-for-fun mindset and how messed up this is making us.
SNUFF 102 is a win for me, but make sure you can stomach its contents before you give it a look. It is definitely not for everyone, but it’s an amazing piece of cinema if you can make it through. The 2-Disc Special Edition contains much more than just the film; the Special Features include:
* Reversible GORE Cover
* Spanish Language With Removable English Subtitles
* Audio Commentary With Director Mariano Peralta
* Extensive Cast Interviews
* Interview With Director Mariano Peralta
* Bits And Pieces Making Of Featurette
* Deleted Scenes
* Stills Gallery
* Trailers For Upcoming Massacre Video Releases
The film is available now if you want to check it out.