The Ever-Growing Prominence of Snuff Films

How the Internet has made gore easily accessible to view, and how a world of graphic gruesomeness is just a click away.


Many of us Internet users have seen 2 Girls 1 Cup. At least in my generation (Generation Z that is),we have seen the grotesque trailer to the even more despicable scat porn film Hungry Bitches (2007). And if you haven’t — for the love of God — don’t look it up.

The ever scarring trailer to the disturbing film Hungry Bitches, features two women defecating into a singular cup, where they then proceed to eat the feces, in which they then throw it up into each other’s mouths. This video has managed to become a staple in pop culture, and is widely known for its shock value and trauma brought amongst children, teenagers and young adults who first experienced the viral YouTube video in 2007.

To make it even worse, there is more content exactly like this that has the same level of accessibility.

All it takes is Internet connection.

Snuff films (alternatively known as snuff), is a genre of content that shows suicide, murder and other forms of graphic events with the claim of authenticity to it. These films only claim to be true, yet have never been proven to be the real deal which causes these videos to go under the radar. Although 2 Girls 1 Cup is not on the level of snuff, it proves how easily accessible gruesome content can be with just a simple Internet search.

The constantly rehashed discussion of the disturbing movie iceberg, originally from Reddit, is a perfect example of how snuff content can be easily searched for.

Featured from top to bottom, is a list of horror movies varying from cult classics to unknown snuff films. The photos following the categories depict the viewer as an average Joe to a person who has reached their full potential and satisfaction depending on the category of movies they have seen.

The top tier (or the top of the iceberg), lists classic horror movies such as Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and many more memorable horror movies.

The list becomes more sinister as the iceberg travels down, featuring horror movies with no purpose other than the fear factor, reaching to the point of films that have been banned in many countries.

When searching for these movies, it’s often that they are easily discoverable in the first few searches, whether it be a direct link or a forum that leads to a link to the film

Death2Kuffar is one of these movies.

Death2Kuffar — although not accessed through a direct Google search — has been discussed in Reddit forums and has been passed around via direct messages in the forum.

One of these forums include MondoGore, a Reddit community that shares gore films and shock content, ranging from ISIS beheadings, freak accidents, snuff films and even real deaths.

In this sub-Reddit community, there are two rules. Firstly, do not share illegal content. Secondly, do not share links. These rules have not been reinforced by the modifiers of this community, leading to both illegal content and links to fly under the radar.

Because snuff films are based around the unconfirmed fact whether these clips are real or not, much of the content remains unreported.

Many non-community members have stumbled upon the Reddit community, and have been curious about the purpose of gore and how these community members seek and actively consume videos like these.

Many “Reditters” have replied with different reasons, whether it’s because of curiosity or using it as a form of entertainment. According to Reddit user SnooGadgets2657, watching gore is therapeutic for those struggling with mental health and the reality of death. “I’ve had suicidal thoughts ever since i was 8 years old and have romanticised the idea of death,” types the faceless Reddit user. “Watching gore videos for me is a way of ‘scaring’ me away from the idea of death — watching mangled corpses and shocking scenes scares me away from my suicidal thoughts and reminds me of how bloody and gruesome death really is.”

Another reason behind the consumption of gore, is dealing with the urge to hurt oneself or others around them. “I like watching gore videos because they help stop me from actually hurting somebody,” adds user i_go_commit_self_die. “ I have really bad intrusive thoughts. Gore videos remind me that death isn’t pretty.”

A great majority of Internet users have shared their opinions on the availability of gore, ranging from condoning or condemning graphic content. To many, enjoyment or seeing someone hurt or someone hurting others will never be fathomed, and those who enjoy gruesome films will continue to search for snuff films regardless of what other Internet-goers think. At the end of the day, the Internet will continue on with giving people the platform to share and view gore films, whether it be through the dark web or even just a Reddit community, which is a singular click away.