One may not think that something as deplorable as snuff films would have such a rigid definition, but snuff aficionados hold their nightmare videos to high standards. Technically, a snuff film has to feature the slaying of an actual person or people and be made for the express purposes of financial gain. Some wonder if there really is a snuff market out there and who would spend their hard-earned money on that kind of footage. If the popularity of films and video games that feature plot lines based on such gore are to be believed, people are at least willing to entertain the idea that these films are out there, and people are buying them.
So are snuff films real? It’s a valid question. While there’s incidental footage of people being attacked and taking their own lives online, that doesn’t technically make them snuff films. With the way online content is repackaged and uploaded on less-than-trustworthy sites that are covered with ads, one could argue that all content may be used for financial gain, even cell phone videos. Snuff films play into our fear of the unknown, and as we enter into an ever-expanding digital realm where we can access virtually all knowledge on any topic, they play the part of the boogeyman lurking just a few keystrokes away. Keep reading to discover what’s inside a snuff film hoax.
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