True Crime Horrifying Snuff Films: Fact or Fiction?  

Jacob Shelton
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You wouldn’t think that something as deplorable as snuff films would have such a rigid definition, but snuff aficionados hold their nightmare smut to high standards. Technically, a snuff film has to be a film that features the murder of an actual person, or people, that was made for the express purposes of financial gain. Is there really a market out there for actual snuff films? Who would spend their hard earned money on footage of someone being murdered? If the popularity of films and video games that feature plotlines based on snuff films are to be believed, people are at least willing to entertain the idea that snuff films are out there, and people are buying. If you’re ready to get dark, keep reading to discover what’s a snuff film hoax, and what films are truly for the worst people in humanity.

Are snuff films real? It’s a valid question. While there’s footage of people being murdered, or committing suicide online, that doesn’t technically make them snuff films. Although with the way online content is repackaged and uploaded on less than trustworthy sites that are covered with ads, you could argue that anything could be used for used for financial gain, even cell phone video of a brutal murder or some coked-up guy cutting up his lover while listening to New Order. Snuff films play into our fear of the unknown, and as we enter into an ever-expanding digital realm where you can know everything about any topic whenever you want, they play the part of the bogeyman lurking just a few keystrokes away. 

Dafu Love


Dafu Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Horrifying Snuff Films: Fact or Fiction?
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Dafu Love, if it even exists, was supposedly made by the very real Peter Scully, a man accused of running an international pedophile ring, and various reports have alleged that it features Scully and another man smashing two babies together as if they're having a pillow fight, or maybe they just torture them to death in a different awful way. While the existence of Scully's snuff film is up in the air, what is known is that Scully's sex crimes in the Philippines were so awful that the country is trying to bring back the death penalty just so they can execute him.  

Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood


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Imagine popping in a VHS and watching as a camera lovingly pans over a table full of wooden instruments and a collection of jars containing something vaguely human. There are black and white photos tacked to a wall and a human head just sitting in some rope. Oh and don't forget the fish tank full of human hands. Flower of Flesh and Blood isn't a snuff film, but you try telling an early 90s (read: high on all the cocaine) Charlie Sheen that he didn't actually see a samurai drug a woman and then chop her up into little pieces. After viewing the horror film (which was given to him by Attack of the Show's Chris Gore) Sheen immediately called the FBI. The FBI investigated, but after realizing that no one was actually murdered in the making of the film, they quickly closed the case.

The Franklin Coverup Snuff Film


The Franklin Coverup Snuff Fil... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Horrifying Snuff Films: Fact or Fiction?
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This film that allegedly shows two young boys in Tarzan costumes raping another young boy in a cage before he's murdered on camera played a large role in The Franklin Coverup, a child sex ring that was allegedly being run by Lawrence E. King, manager of the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union, and a vital member of the Reagan era Republican party. There's no proof that this video exists, but the many deaths of people surrounding this case lend an air of conspiratorial evidence to a story that would otherwise be deemed far-fetched. It doesn't help that the film allegedly takes place at Bohemian Grove, a private, mysterious, secluded camp for the wealthy elite.

1 Lunatic, 1 Icepick


1 Lunatic, 1 Icepick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Horrifying Snuff Films: Fact or Fiction?
Photo: Berlin Police Department

Imagine going on the Internet one day and finding a video of some guy tying another man to a bed and stabbing him to death with an icepick before cutting him open and having sex with the dead body. All of this is set to New Order's "True Faith," by the way. This video is definitely very real, and it was just the beginning of a series nightmarish acts that Luka Magnotta would commit before being arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and being tried and convicted of first-degree murder. In a separate trial that saw the owner of a gore website go on the stand for hosting the film, Canada legally declared 1 Lunatic, 1 Icepick to be a snuff film, stating, "It has death, it has horror, it has cruelty, it has violence, it has dismemberment, and it has sex. This isn't staged. This isn't a person following a script."