Snuffet (Uncut) (2014) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Dustin Mills
Starring: Allison Egan, Matthew Goodfriend, Janet Jay
Rated: UR/Region: 1/1:77/Number of disc: 1 (DVD-r)
Available from TLAvideo
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.
A lot of folks are into the recently released American Guinea Pig, a movie that is basically effects driven with people being dissected on-screen. Snuffet is like the bizarro world version of that movie in a lot of ways. Here, we have a man who hates puppets and right out of the gate we see one taken apart in a somewhat gruesome but amusing fashion. In the world of Snuffet, puppets are a thing, meaning they are living things that don’t just spend their time on the end of someone’s hand. They live, they don’t breath, but they have organs and they also live with and make porn with humans. This movie shows us all of this in a rather quick time, as we follow a man who is a puppet racist and wants to kill as many as possible. Old puppets, new puppets, kid puppets, and even some humans all make his list, as he does this and finds time to find a love interest all in the duration of the movie. I was worried at first it would just be all about cutting up puppets, but the movie won me over and offers up a lot more than just that.
There is also some really neat kills in this thing. We see some computer effects, as well as more practical ones as these puppets are killed off. I found it all to be highly amusing and I also think if you really break things down here, this is a lot more of an accomplishment from the creative side of things than many might want to give credit for. The movie also offers up a bit of a twist at the end once we are done with our nudity, human/puppet sex scenes, and puppet home invasions. I found the twist to be pretty neat, even if I somewhat expected it from how our leading man was presented throughout the film. I can safely say I’ve never seen anything like Snuffet, anything that even comes close is also movies by the same director. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it is different and stands out for the creative choices involved in making it. Seeing puppets killed can be pretty amusing and seeing as how it is puppets mostly, you don’t feel the “been there, done that” feeling you get with most movies that has real people being chopped up on-screen.