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S&man (2006)

R | | Horror | 10 March 2006 (USA)
An exploration of voyeurism in cinema, from Psycho and Peeping Tom in 1960 to the low-budget underground genre films of recent years.

Director:

J.T. Petty

Writer:

J.T. Petty (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Elizabeth Cartier Elizabeth Cartier
Carol J. Clover Carol J. Clover ... Herself
Debbie D ... Herself
Freddie Dingo Freddie Dingo ... Himself - Owner of Dingo's Den & Dingbatz
Michelle Glick ... Jasmine
Julie Katz Julie Katz
Erik Marcisak Erik Marcisak ... Eric Rost
Carlina Salemi Carlina Salemi
Fred Vogel Fred Vogel ... Himself
Bill Zebub Bill Zebub ... Himself
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Storyline

S&MAN begins with footage from Michael Powell's exploration of voyeurism, "Peeping Tom." Director JT Petty uses this footage as a starting point to examine the classic comparison between filmmaking and voyeurism, particularly within the horror genre. He goes on to investigate this connection further, but rather than looking to classic horror films, Petty explores the seedy underground genre of fetish films. These movies are basically simulated snuff films where victims are raped and murdered in a variety of fantasy scenarios. The most notorious of these is a series called "S&Man," where voyeurism takes center stage as people are unknowingly followed with a camera. Petty plunges headfirst into this world of bizarre fetish films, and comes up with mesmerizing interviews with the producers and actors of these movies. Much of the footage from these videos will shock and disturb even the most seasoned horror veteran. However, the connection that Petty draws between these films and ... Written by Brian Clark

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Rated R for sequences of strong disturbing horror violence and aberrant behavior including graphic dialogue, sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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English

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10 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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A week before S&man was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of 2006, then-independent movie news website Twitch published an investigative report that publicly exposed it as a hoaxumentary rather than a documentary, which it was being promoted as. See more »

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Misogynistic Neo-Snuff
5 December 2012 | by AquarientSee all my reviews

When the narrator/director of the film begins with praising a neighborhood peeping tom for "getting away with it" you can pretty much guess what this is all about. Ostensibly an attempt to uncover the world of proto-snuff and other depraved 'underground film making', it becomes a numbing vehicle for it- tarting itself up with intellectual deconstructions and interviews with the participants of these movies and and ultimately revealing itself as another sad exercise of the... form.

Bitter, sociopathic white males acting out their inner rage by staging graphically detailed depictions of the murder of one woman after another may be a lot of things, but one thing it will never be is *art*. Gaspar Noe's movies are better-produced versions of the same thing, and just as unworthy of your time. Proceed accordingly.

2 Stars for genre fans' ability to harvest anecdotes/background information on these movies and that's about it.


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