Snuff Trap / Snuff killer - La morte in diretta (2003)

3.5 out of 5

Step aside 8mm, move over Tesis, Bruno Mattei is on the snuff case and tackling the deadly world of the dark underbelly of the adult entertainment industry with straight to video flair and a seedy dwarf, himself a bit of a mini-me dead ringer for Minty in Eastenders, who takes the art of Killing For Culture very seriously.

More torture themed than actual torture porn the film itself is silly and great fun for both all the right and wrong reasons. Far from being shocked the viewer may find the effect of the actual money shot is to smile along with the daftness of it all rather than recoil in the intended horror.

At a time when many of the exploitation filmmakers of the golden age had either shuffled from this mortal coil, or simply folded up their director chair for the last time in the wake of the ascent of television and the age of the Italian romcom, dear Bruno just kept going and going until the very end and the world of cinema of dubious taste and quality was all the richer for it.

Sod Hostel, this is better.

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