Video Nasties

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Video nasty" was a term coined in the United Kingdom in the 1980s that originally applied to a number of films distributed on video cassette that were criticized for their violent content by various religious organizations, in the press and by commentators such as Mary Whitehouse. While violence in cinema had been subject of censorship for many years, the lack of a regulatory system for video sales combined with the claim that any film could fall into children's hands led to new levels of concern. Many of these "video nasties" were low-budget horror films produced in Italy and the United States. The furore created by the moral crusade against video nasties led to the introduction of the UK's Video Recordings Act 1984 which imposed a stricter code of censorship on videos than was required for cinema release. Several major studio productions ended up being banned on video, falling afoul of legislation that was designed to control the distribution of video nasties.

Film Review: Anthropophagus (1980)

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A group of friends on a sailing trip end up trapped on an abandoned island, and just when they think that things couldn’t get any worse they discover that a crazy, vicious killer has wiped out (and eaten) all of the people who had previously inhabited the island. Unfortunately the crazed killer is still on the island and he’s still hungry. Will anyone make it off the island alive?

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Video Nasties

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‘Video Nasty‘ was a term coined in Britain around 1982 which applied to certain films distributed on video cassette that were criticised by the media and various religious organisations for their violent content. While cinema violence had been regulated by the British Board of Film Censorship for many years, the lack of regulations for video sales (combined with the claim that any film could be viewed by impressionable kiddies) sparked a massive … Continue reading

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Film Review: Night Train Murders (1975)

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A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy.

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Upon release “Night Train Murders” was advertised as the “Second House on the Left” referring to the Wes Craven exploitation film (“Last House on the Left”). It took on a few names such as “Xmas Massacre” and “Last Stop on the Night Train” before being known … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blood Feast (1963)

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Egyptian caterer busies himself collecting body parts from young maidens in order to bring Ishtar, an ancient goddess of good and evil back to life. When he has prepared enough parts for the ceremony, he hypnotizes a woman giving an engagement party for her daughter, at which he plans to perform the ancient rites of summons, using the daughter as his final sacrifice.

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Film Review: Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

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Censored in several countries for its gratuitous violence, this controversial faux documentary from director Ruggero Deodato presents footage from a team of New York University filmmakers mysteriously lost in the Amazon jungle. The film, allegedly recovered by Professor Harold Moore, reveals the deplorable treatment of a tribe of suspected South American cannibals and, ultimately, the fate of the crew that initially set out to film the natives.

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Film Review: The Funhouse (1981)

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Two young couples on a double date go to a mystifying carnival. For fun, they decide to spend the night in the funhouse. When they witness a vicious murder, they suddenly find themselves in terrible danger.

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The film was momentarily banned in the UK and labeled as a ‘video nasty’. This was because the movie was mistaken for “The Fun House”, one of the countless alternate titles for … Continue reading

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Video Nasties: The Covers – part 3 – A Visual list

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Video Nasties: The Covers – part 3
Presenting the entire legendary collection of Video Nasties Box cover art.
At one time the most disturbing horror titles on the market (and off)

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Film Review: Cannibal Ferox (aka Make them Die Slowly) (1981)

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New York grad student and anthropologist Gloria, her brother Rudy, and their friend Pat, travel to a remote part of the Amazon jungle to find and disapprove the local theory of cannibalism among the local tribes when they run into something far worse: a cruel and sadistic, streetwise drug dealer, named Mike Lawson, and his partner, Joe, hiding out in the jungle from murder and drug-dealing charges in back in … Continue reading

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Video Nasties: The Covers – part 2 – A Visual list

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Video Nasties: The Covers – part 2
Presenting the entire legendary collection of Video Nasties Box cover art.
At one time the most disturbing horror titles on the market (and off)

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Video Nasties: The Covers – part 1 – A Visual list

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Presenting the entire legendary collection of Video Nasties Box cover art.
At one time the most disturbing horror titles on the market (and off)

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Video Nasties: The Legend, The Myth, The Films

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“Video nasty” was a terminology fabricated in the United Kingdom in the 1980s that formerly correlated to numerous films distributed on video cassette that were denounced for their violent content by various religious organizations, in the press and by commentators such as Mary Whitehouse. While violence in cinema had been subjugated of censorship for many years, the insufficiency of a regulatory system for video sales merged with the possibility of any … Continue reading

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Film Review: Video Nasties – The Definitive Guide (2010)

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Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – one of the most extraordinary and scandalous eras in the history of British film. For the first time ever on DVD, TRAILERS to all 72 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions are featured with specially filmed intros for each title in a lavish three-disc collector … Continue reading

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