THE BLOODIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED IN FRONT OF A CAMERA: Conservative Politics, 'Porno Chic' and Snuff

THE BLOODIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED IN FRONT OF A CAMERA: Conservative Politics, 'Porno Chic' and Snuff

by Stephen Milligen

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Overview

In the early 1970s, outrageous claims were made of a new blood-spattered cinematic extreme. This was the legend of the ‘snuff movie’, which promoted the inhuman notion that a woman had been murdered to satisfy the sexual appetite of a jaded public. The story was produced by a kind of madness incarnate, but it reflected the desperation of America in cultural turmoil.

‘Snuff’ was a backlash against the naïve liberalism of the counterculture, embraced by people who preferred to believe the worst about their society. Once unleashed the concept was embraced and manipulated by the tabloid media and a variety of political and social crusaders, each using it to further their own cause.

Brutal, evil, ghastly beyond belief, snuff became an iconic urban legend. This book is the true, startling and hideously exploitative history of that legend and how it was created.

SNUFF—THE BLOODIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED IN FRONT OF A CAMERA!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909394087
Publisher: Headpress
Publication date: 04/15/2015
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stephen Milligen has written articles on American history and popular culture for the Irish Journal of American Studies and about the adult film industry for Headpress. Needing a change of scene his next research project in a study of Irish giants in eighteenth and nineteenth century popular culture.

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Author Note:

I became interested in the snuff legend as an off-shoot of earlier research work on serial killers. Planning to write an article about the connection between the two subjects with some additional contemporary material which debunked the rumours. Part of the way through the research I was offered copies of the FBI investigative folder and began to additional material opened up new aspects of the panic and indicated that my work could be turned into a much larger project. As I looked deeper into the subject, the people involved and the political consequences of their crusade it became clear that the rhetoric surrounding snuff films was an important part of a conservative backlash against progressive liberal ideas. Connecting Supreme Court verdicts and appointments, the Manson murders,

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