I first saw this movie back in 2000 and it really shook me. The greatest quality of 8MM is the fact that it’s delightfully subversive in almost every aspect. By pulling the veil it exposes this whole new world that you never thought existed. The truly frightening moment comes later, when you realize that this secret, “taboo” world is actually interwoven with the real one so seamlessly that we cannot be talking about two different things. Dealing not only with the murder of a young girl but also pornography, 8MM ventures into the dark without a light to illuminate it. It doesn’t want to do that because it would serve no purpose. Better get on with it, before I get all suicidal on ya.8MM [1999] Movie Review Recommendation Poster

A private investigator is hired to find out is the footage of a young girl being murdered real or not. His investigation will lead him into an underground world of pornography and snuff movies. Snuff movies contain actual footage of a person being murdered, they are not the same as the movies in which a killer records his murder, because snuff movies are explicitly shot for distribution to other people. To that twisted world will take him none other than Joaquin Phoenix. As they investigate further, their lives will be endangered and their minds irreversibly changed. Great story, great acting and a very disturbing theme. If you pay attention towards the end you will see a poster of Danzig on the wall of the Machine`s room. Not to reveal too much, enjoy this great movie.

Director: Joel Schumacher

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Peter Stormare

Fun Facts: The enema porno film seen at the porn swap meet is a genuine S&M film that was heavily edited for inclusion in the main movie.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134273/

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