Well this little bout of…madness, was introduced to me a couple of weeks back by a regular to this site (Marek). When he suggested it for review he gave very little away about the subject matter behind the film.
Okay, before we go any further, I should point out that this film is a bat-shit crazy mess but at the same time…it sort of works (lord knows how!).
If you like your Found Footage horror ‘straight-down-the-line’ then this is probably not for you…I even struggled to keep watching after the first 15 minutes or so!
I figured I’d better give you a little heads up on this movie because it is…not for everyone!
Yeah I REALLY wouldn’t know where to start with writing a bio for this madness so it’s back to stealing what the director/producer wrote on IMDb…
“Snuffet is a found footage snuff film with a psychotic twist. The victims are all puppets. Imagine a world exactly like our own except for one crucial detail… puppets are real and they coexist with humanity. Just like our world there is a seedy underbelly beneath the surface. Puppet racism, puppet hate crimes, puppet civil rights issues, and of course puppet serial killers. Human serial killers who hunt puppets to be specific. Our story follows a maniac’s video diary as he hunts, mutilates, dismembers, and violates poor hapless Puppet Americans. Watch as they scream, bleed, and beg for mercy as a masked psychopath dismantles them one stitch at a time.”
Yeah I know, I know, what the f##k is all this about – it won’t get any better when you start watching the film either!
This IS as mad as it sounds…but it does have some sort of substance to it (worryingly).
It’s true that I nearly turned this off several times during it’s run time but something kept my finger off that big stop button on Exodus.
It was because of this that I decided to check out the filmmaker, Dustin Mills, after the movie had finished it’s twisted journey.
After reading about his career to this point the film actually made a little more sense to me – it echoed the problems we have with hate in our society at the moment.
It was something I certainly didn’t think about during the film…but something that stood out like a sore thumb after watching it.
Well, where to start really? This is the first time I’ve been this confused over a review on this site!
This article is going to be relatively short because I really can’t explain much about this film – it’s something you have to watch yourself to experience.
What I will say is that it has an undercurrent that is rather clever – as I pointed out above – this film kinda tackles the hate mentality we have going on in society these days.
Okay, so we are watching tortured puppets…but these puppets could very easily have been gay victims or a current minority – it works very much in the same way when you think about it.
On top of that, the acting was excellent…which was a real shocker for this type of film.
Mills is known for casting an indie actor named Brandon Salkil in his films and boy does this bloke have an on-screen presence!
He didn’t disappoint here – he was excellent.
I think it’s important to understand that this underground horror film is a satire. It may seem like a childish prank but there is a degree of intelligence behind it.
All that’s left for me to say is…try it out for yourself…and see (I’m laughing as I type this!).