Come on, You know that any intro to a Bruno Mattei review will be something that plays along on the lines of me saying he was the true master of cheap exploitation fare, and a misunderstood genius… well I still stand by that point, and it’s all true. Because as other masters of Italian genre cinema where making cheap TV movies, trying to rehash their old flicks or even worse doing nothing at all, Bruno Mattei boldly stuck to his crusade against the moral majority! You have to hail Mattei as the real entrepreneur of sleaze and cheap thrills, because he never stopped making these movies… Never! From 1970’s Armida, il drama di una sposa, to 2008’s Zombi: La Creazione (Zombies: the Beginning), Mattei just kept on delivering the goods, and who would have believed that there would have been such quality sleaze capturing the aura of all that wonderfully seedy period of Italian low budget filmmaking being made in 2003?
Production value! Mattei knew everything about production value, and there are a number of shots of Carla Solaro walking across famous locations all around Europe in her search for her daughter. Yeah, just walking through a familiar place in an exterior shot gives Mattei the opportunity to cut right back to the sleazy set, createing the illusion that the movie takes place all over Europe, and all most likely for the cost of a weekend round-trip through cities of Europe. I’ve never seen a movie where the leading character walks through, stops and has a little pose to signal a little think, before walking out of shot again in so many known places, but, it works and I’m writing it up as yet another sign of Mattei’s brilliance.
Snuff Trap is a grimey and fascinating movie, which Mattei scripted, directed and edited. Shot by Luigi Ciccasere who shot several of Mattei’s later movies including L’isola dei morti viventi (Island of the Living Dead) 2008. The movie even features stunts supervised by legendary Italian stuntman Ottaviano Dell’Acqua, who has a very small cameo in the movie. To think that Mattei was getting away with stuff like this without really getting any attention is an outrage. This is potent stuff, at times it even predates Srdjan Spasojevic’s Srpski Film (A Serbian Film) 2010 in its topics, themes investigation plot and shock twists. Snuff Trap is a movie you should be watching right now if you like the work of Bruno Mattei!