Киномифология снаффа и ее прагматика
In this article Saltykov problematizes the pragmatics and reputation of "snuff films", which depict violence toward a victim who will allegedly die a real, not cinematic death at the end of the film. Urban legends offer various rumors about films made "on special order" that record people being maltreated in real time. Saltykov discusses the genesis of these notions and the mythology of snuff film overall. He also suggests a short historical survey of the subgenre's development as it is understood by viewers (primarily those who have not seen the films, but who think of theme as representing a possible extreme). The basic hypothesis of the article lies in an explanation of the specifics of the snuff genre through the figure of the client, who in hyperbolized fashion brings about the logic of late-capitalist market relations: the product can be anything, including the human body and human life.