If you’ve been spending some time on the site today (oh hai!), I hope you managed to check out my essay The Horrifying, Controversial and Secret History of the Snuff Film. Of course, I’d totally understand if you’re afraid to read that one, because there’s some real nightmare fuel in there… but maybe now we can lighten the mood surrounding the snuff mythology. We’ll try, anyway.
As it turns out, the latest feature film project by Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores, a.k.a. The Butcher Brothers (THE HAMILTONS), tackles the urban legend of snuff cinema from a darkly humorous angle… which is a pretty daring approach, if you ask me.
THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SNUFF stars Joey Kern (CABIN FEVER) and Luke Edwards (JEEPERS CREEPERS 2) as a pair of brothers and would-be film auteurs who decide to create the most convincing pseudo-snuff film ever made… and in order to elicit a totally realistic performance from their actress (Bree Williamson, TRUE DETECTIVE), they kinda decide not to tell her the whole thing is staged. As you’ll see below, their plan goes south hard; they definitely picked the wrong victim.
We just received word that the film is on track for its World Premiere next month at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA. But in the meantime, get your cinéma vérité on with the official trailer!