The film started out as a low-budget gore film titled Slaughter which was written and directed by the husband-and-wife grindhouse filmmaking team of Michael Findlay and Roberta Findlay. Filmed in Argentina in 1971 it depicted the actions of a Manson-esque murder cult. The film financer Jack Bravman received an out of court settlement from AIP so the latter could use the title for the 1972 Jim Brown film of the same name. The Findlays’ film enjoyed a very limited theatrical release.
Independent low-budget distributor and sometime producer Allan Shackleton later released the film with a new ending, unbeknownst to the original filmmakers. Having read a newspaper article on the rumor of snuff films produced in South America, he decided to cash on the urban legend. He added a new ending in which a woman is brutally murdered by a film crew, supposedly the crew of Slaughter. Filmed in a vérité style by Simon Nuchtern. The new footage purportedly showed an actual murder, and was spliced onto the end of Slaughter with an abrupt cut suggesting that the footage was unplanned and the murder authentic. This new version of the film was released under the title Snuff, with the tagline “The film that could only be made in South America… where life is CHEAP”. —wikipedia
Michael Findlay, along with his wife Roberta Findlay, directed and produced numerous sexploitation movies. They have been described as “the most notorious filmmakers in the annals of sexploitation”.
In the mid-to-late 1960s, Findlay was prominent among a small group of underground New York filmmakers (including Joseph W. Sarno, Joseph P. Mawra, and Lou Campa) that produced exploitation “roughies” (a mix of sex and sadism) for the grindhouse theater market. Sometimes he would direct under the alias Julian Marsh and act in his own films billed as Robert West. His wife Roberta (aka Anna Riva) was the cinematographer, co-writer, and supporting actress for many of their films together. They also employed the same actors repeatedly, most notably Uta Erickson, and Marie Brent, aka Janet Banzet.
The Findlays were friends with George Weiss, producer of Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda and a series of fetishistic Olga films (Olga’s House of Shame, Olga’s Girls, et al.). In 1964 Weiss encouraged… read more