All Hallows' Eve Countdown: Mainstream Gore


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Before the Internet took off, snuff content was the ultimate taboo in entertainment. In 1999, the Nick Cage film, 8mm (see the trailer here), treated snuff as the most frightening subculture - the darkest underground beneath many undergrounds. Then the Web made it possible for almost anyone to visit these sub-basements, anytime, anywhere. What happens when that material goes mainstream, becomes part of a lifestyle, and hovers between the disconnected safety of the virtual, and a terrifying reality? There's a line in the movie, 8mm. Joaquin Phoenix's character says: "You dance with the Devil, the Devil don't change. The Devil changes you."
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