R | | Mystery, Thriller
A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.
The plot is extremely similar to that of Hardcore (1979) in which a man (George C. Scott) hires a private detective to track down his daughter after she runs away and he sees her in an 8mm porno movie. The plot is also very similar to a book called "The Cutting Room" by Louise Welsh, in which an estate auctioneer finds disturbing photos among a client's porno collection and endeavors to find out if the girl in the pictures was actually killed.
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When Tom is going through the cards of the missing people he takes Mary Ann Matthews card out of the North Carolina file. On the card it says that Mary Ann Matthews disappeared from her house in Fayetteville, NC. In the Film Mary lived with her mother in Cleveland, Ohio.
The film was heavily cut before release to gain an 'R' rating. Joel Schumacher's audio commentary on the DVD points out the multitude of MPAA cuts throughout the film. The cuts include:
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