Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media

Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media

By: Thomas Joseph Watson (editor), Neil Jackson (editor), Shaun Kimber (editor)Paperback

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The phenomenon of so-called 'snuff movies' (films that allegedly document real acts of murder, specifically designed to 'entertain' and sexually arouse the spectator) represents a fascinating socio-cultural paradox. At once unproven, yet accepted by many, as emblematic of the very worst extremes of pornography and horror, moral detractors have argued that the mere idea of snuff constitutes the logical (and terminal) extension of generic forms that are dependent primarily upon the excitement, stimulation and, ultimately, corruption of the senses. Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media brings together scholars from film and media studies to assess the longevity of one of screen media's most enduring cultural myths. Thorough, provocative, and well argued, the contributions to this volume address areas ranging from exploitation movies, the video industry, trends in contemporary horror cinema, pornography and Web 2.0.

About Author

Neil Jackson teaches Film at the University of Lincoln, UK, and has published on popular cinema in various books and journals. He is currently preparing a critical study of Hollywood's representation of the adult film industry. Shaun Kimber is Senior Lecturer in Media Theory at Bournemouth University, UK. He is the author of Controversies: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (2011) and is currently working on the co-authored book Writing & Selling Horror Screenplays. Johnny Walker is Lecturer in Media at Northumbria University, UK. He is the author of Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society (2015) and founding co-editor of the Global Exploitation Cinemas book series (Bloomsbury). Thomas Joseph Watson lectures in Media Studies at Teesside University, UK. His research investigates the role of film form in the depiction of violence in contemporary audio-visual media. He has published on pornography, documentary film, and experimental video-art.

Contents

List of Figures Foreword: A Culture of CHange David Kerekes (Owner of Headpress and author of Killing For Culture) Acknowledgements Introduction: Shot, Cut and Slaughtered Neil Jackson (University of Lincoln, UK) Part I - The Changing Meaning of "Snuff" Chapter 1: The Way to Digital Death Julian Petley (Brunel University, UK) Chapter 2: The Affective Reality of Snuff Misha Kavka (University of Auckland, New Zealand) Chapter 3: Animal Snuff Simon Hobbs (University of Portsmouth, UK) Chapter 4: Breathing New Life into Old Fears: Extreme Pornogrpahy and the Wider Politics of Snuff Clarissa Smith (University of Sunderland, UK) Chapter 5: From Snuff to the South: The Global Reception of Cannibal Holocaust Nicolo Gallio (University of Bologna, Italy) and Xavier Mendik (University of Brighton, UK) Chapter 6: A Murder Mystery in Black and Blue: The Marketing, Distribution and Cult Mythology of Snuff in the UK Mark McKenna (University of Sunderland, UK) Chapter 7: Traces of Snuff: Black Markets, Fan Subcultures and Underground Horror in the 90s Johnny Walker (Northumbria University, UK) Chapter 8: SNuff 2.0: Real Death Goes HD Ready Mark Astley (Independent Scholar, UK) Part II - "Snuff" Across Film and Television Chapter 9: Unfound Footage and Unfounded Rumours: The Manson Family Murders and the Persistence of Snuff Mark Jones & Gerry Carlin (University of Wolverhampton, UK) Chapter 10: Wild Eyes, Dead Ladies: The Snuff Filmmaker in Realist Horror Neil Jackson (University of Lincoln, UK) Chapter 11: The Mediation of Death in Fictional Snuff: Reflexivity, Viewer Interpellation and Ethical Implication Xavier Aldana Reyes (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) Chatper 12: "Why Would you Film It?" Snuff, Sinister and Contemporary US Horror Cinema Shaun Kimber (Bournemouth University, UK) Chapter 13: Cinema as Snuff: From Pre-Cinema to Shadow of the Vampire Linda Badley (Middle Tennessee State University, USA) Chapter 14: Affect Tina Kendall (Anglia Ruskin University, UK) Chapter 15: A View to Kill: Perspectives on Faux-Snuff and Self Steve Jones (Northumbria University, UK) Select Bibliography Contributors

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  • ISBN13: 9781628921120
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9781628921120
  • weight: 526
  • ISBN10: 1628921129

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