The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA), with sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has unearthed director Dusty Nelson’s circa 1978 film adaptation of William H. Mooney’s novel titled, “Snuff” — which was retitled for the screen as Effects — for a 4K restoration from the only 35mm theatrical print known to be in existence.
The Blu-ray debut will take place on Aug. 22.
Director George Romero had wrapped both Martin and Dawn of the Dead in Pittsburgh and members of his film crews decided to try their hand at producing a genre film of their own. They had caught the filmmaking bug!
Included in this group were Tom Savini (he handled the make-up and f/x on Martin and had a small role as a drug dealer; and, was part of f/x team on Dawn of the Dead … plus a bit part), Pasquale Buba (bit parts in both Martin and Dawn of the Dead) and John Harrison (bit part in Dawn of the Dead). Another Pittsburgh local, Dusty Nelson, would handle the direction of their opus.
It is a little sketchy after that — whether it actually got any theatrical exposure, or was just screened around here and there. Eventually, those who participated in the production moved onto other things.
It really doesn’t matter what happened to Effects and its story about a film crew tricked into making a snuff film with themselves as the victims, AGFA — which has been formed to focus on the preservation and promotion of genre films that have slipped through the cracks over the years — has this baby ready for fans to enjoy on Aug. 22 on Blu-ray.
Bonus goodies include a commentary track by John Harrison, Dusty Nelson, and Pasquale Buba, two short films — UBU and Beastie — and the behind-the-scenes documentary titled After Effects (with optional commentary).