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The Bloodiest Thing That Ever Happened In Front Of A Camera

Conservative Politics, ‘Porno Chic’ and Snuff

How porno chic became porno hell. The true, startling and hideously exploitative story of how conservative politics and ‘porno chic’ melded to form the so-called ‘snuff’ film.

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“An intelligent, sociological look at US politics that forces readers to reappraise landmark organizations. Its extensive footnotes and index also make it a useful reference point.” — Carol Anne Davis, Children Who Kill

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!

Stephen Milligen

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.

The Bloodiest Thing That Ever Happened In Front Of A Camera

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