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Intro from Wikipedia
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.
(aka ROSSO SANGUE aka HORRIBLE aka THE MONSTER HUNTER)
Priest comes to small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own
ANTHROPOPHAGOUS THE BEAST (1980)
(aka ANTROPOHAGUS aka THE GRIM REAPER)
A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town’s former residents.
(aka CALIFORNIA AXE MASSACRE aka LISA LISA)
Three criminals on a murder spree arrives at a farmhouse, where a girl is living with her paralyzed grandfather.
THE BEAST IN HEAT (1977)
(aka SS HELL CAMP aka SS EXPERIMENT CAMP 2)
This is one of many so called Video Nasties about fictionalized World War 2 Nazi POW camp atrocities. A beautiful, nefarious senior female SS officer/doctor (Magall) creates a genetic, mutant human Beast (half man/half beast). The Beast is a rapacious, squat, mongoloid sex fiend which she uses to torture and molest female prisoners while the Nazis watch. The vertically challenged beast is kept on a diet of mega-aphrodisiacs. There is plenty of sadistic titillations, gore and nudity in this Nazi sub-genre exploitation flick.
THE BEYOND (1981)
(aka L’ALDILA aka SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH)
A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where after a series of supernatural ‘accidents’, she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.
(aka A BAY OF BLOOD aka TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE)
An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing field, complicated by some teenagers who decide to camp out in a dilapidated building on the estate.
BLOOD FEAST (1963)
An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective try to track him down.
BLOOD RITES (1968)
(aka THE GHASTLY ONES)
Three married couples are forced to spend the night in a Victorian-era house where they start getting killed off by a deranged psycho who’s bent on claiming an inheritance they are all entitled to.
BLOODY MOON (1980)
(aka PRO FONDE TENEBRE aka COLEGIALAS VIOLADAS)
Girls are killed at a language-school in Spain.
THE BOOGEY MAN (1980)
(aka THE BOGEYMAN)
Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother’s boyfriend’s murder.
THE BURNING (1981)
A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.
CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE (1980)
(aka CANNIBALS IN THE STREETS aka INVASION OF THE FLESHHUNTERS)
Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.
CANNIBAL FEROX (1981)
(aka MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY aka WOMAN FROM DEEP RIVER)
Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge.
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980)
During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.
THE CANNIBAL MAN (1972)
(aka LA SEMENA DEL ASESINO aka THE APARTMENT ON THE 13TH FLOOR)
A young man, Marco, working as a butcher, accidentally kills a taxi driver. His girlfriend Paula wants to go to the police so he has to kill her too. He then has to kill his brother, his brother’s fiancée and his father, who have become suspicious. He gets rid of the bodies by taking them to a slaughter house..
CANNIBAL TERROR (1981)
After botching a kidnapping, two criminals hide with their victim in a friends house in the jungle. After one of them rapes the friend’s wife, they’re left to be eaten by a nearby cannibal tribe
(aka ALIEN 2 aka ALIEN CONTAMINATION)
A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.
DEAD & BURIED (1981)
A suspense horror film set in a small coastal town where, after a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses begin to come back to life.
DEEP RIVER SAVAGES (1972)
(aka MAN FROM DEEP RIVER aka SACRIFICE!)
After a photographer is captured by a native tribe and put through several trials, he must fight to protect the village and his new love interest, the chief’s daughter
(aka PSYCHO PUPPET)
An ex-soldier is hired by local right-wingers as a vigilante to clean up criminals and street people. However, he freaks out and starts killing off everybody.
DEVIL HUNTER (1980)
(aka SEXO CANIBAL)
A Vietnam veteran heads to an island inhabited by cannibals to save a kidnapped model not only from her kidnappers, but also from the cannibals’ lurking Devil god.
DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE (1979)
A disturbed young man who was burned as a child by his sadistic mother stalks women with a flamethrower.
DON’T GO IN THE WOODS (1981)
(aka DON’T GO IN THE WOODS…ALONE!)
Young campers trek through the mountains, while someone is slaughtering tourists in the dense forest.
DON’T GO NEAR THE PARK! (1979)
(aka NIGHT STALKER aka CURSE OF THE LIVING DEAD)
After being cursed by their mother, a caveman brother and sister are forced to live their lives by preying on young people in a park and devouring their entrails in order to stay young. After 12,000 years of killing they attempt to lift the curse and become immortal by finding a virgin’s soul they can sacrifice, with the brother fathering a daughter for that purpose.
DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (1973)
(aka THE FORGOTTEN)
A young psychiatric nurse goes to work at a lonesome asylum following a murder. There, she experiences varying degrees of torment from the patients.
DRILLER KILLER (1979)
An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.
EATEN ALIVE (1976)
(aka DEATH TRAP aka STARLIGHT SLAUGHTER aka HORROR HOTEL)
A psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.
THE EVIL DEAD (1981)
The Evil Dead is a 1981 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker.
An outcast military cadet taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.
FACES OF DEATH (1978)
A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means.
FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE (1977)
(aka I HATE YOUR GUTS aka BLOODBATH AT 1313 FURY DRIVE)
A mean trashy exploitation picture about three convicts who escape from jail and hole up at the house of a black minister. There’s a few nasty scene’s where the ministers family are being repeatedly terrorised by the thugs. In the end the minister turns the tables on the 3 convicts and gives them their just desserts.
FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN (1973)
(aka ANDY WARHOL’S FRANKENSTEIN aka IL MOSTRO E IN TAVOLA… BARONE FRANKENSTEIN)
In Serbia, Baron Frankenstein lives with the Baroness and their two children. He dreams of a super-race, returning Serbia to its grand connections to ancient Greece. In his laboratory, assisted by Otto, he builds a desirable female body, but needs a male who will be super-body and super-lover. He thinks he has found just the right brain to go with a body he’s built, but he’s made an error, taking the head of a asexual ascetic. Meanwhile, the Baroness has her lusts, and she fastens on Nicholas, a friend of the dead lad. Can the Baron pull off his grand plan? He brings the two zombies together to mate. Meanwhile, Nicholas tries to free his dead friend. What about the Baron’s children?
FOREST OF FEAR (1980)
(aka TOXIC ZOMBIES, aka BLOODEATERS)
After drug crops are sprayed with a chemical by a passing airplane, the growers of the crop are poisoned by the chemical and turn into zombie-like mutants.
FROZEN SCREAM (1975)
Mad scientists turn people into frozen zombies and the zombies wreak havoc and kill people
THE FUNHOUSE (1981)
Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask.
THE GESTAPO’S LAST ORGY (1977)
(aka L’ULTIMA ORGIA DEL III REICH, aka LAST ORGY OF THE THIRD REICH)
Lise Cohen is taken to a special prisoner-of-war camp for female Jews, a camp run as a bordello to entertain the German officers and troops going in to battle. The camp is run with an iron fist by Commandant Starker and his minion Alma. Starker becomes frustrated when Lise demonstrates no fear, and devises cruel experiments to scare her, to no avail. Once she realizes her guilt is unfounded, Lise begins to play Starker’s game, but even though she begins living a better life, she doesn’t forget the atrocities she has seen and experienced.
HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD (1980)
(aka INFERNO DEI MORTI VIVENTI aka VIRUS aka ZOMBIE CREEPING FLESH)
A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle whom are fighting flesh-eating zombies.
THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981)
(aka QUELLA VILLA ACCANTO AL CIMITERO)
The Boyles (Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni) of New England have mad Dr. Freudstein in their basement.
HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK (1980)
(aka LA CASA SPERDUTA DEL PARCO)
Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem.
HUMAN EXPERIMENTS (1979)
(aka BEYOND THE GATE)
A demented prison doctor performs gruesome shock therapy experiments on inmates.
I MISS YOU HUGS AND KISSES (1978)
(aka DROP DEAD DEAREST, LEFT FOR DEAD)
A woman is murdered and her millionaire husband is accused. But is he guilty?
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978)
(aka DAY OF THE WOMAN)
After a young writer (Camille Keaton) is brutally raped and left for dead by four men, she systematically hunts them down one by one to exact a terrible vengeance
(aka HORROR INFERNAL)
A young man (Leigh McCloskey) returns from Rome to his sister’s (Irene Miracle) satanic New York apartment house
ISLAND OF DEATH (1976)
(aka ISLAND OF PERVERSION aka A CRAVING FOR LUST)
A couple of perverted and maniac killers get loose on a Greek island
THE KILLER NUN (1979)
(aka SUOR OMICIDI aka DEADLY HABIT)
A demented nun sliding through morphine addiction into madness, whilst presiding over a regime of lesbianism, torture and death. Sister Gertrude is the head nurse/nun in a general hospital, whose increasingly psychotic behavior endangers the staff and patients around her.
THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972)
(aka KRUG AND COMPANY aka SEX CRIME OF THE CENTURY)
Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one’s birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts
NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS (1975)
(aka L’ULTIMO TRENO DELLA NOTTE aka LAST STOP ON THE NIGHT TRAIN
A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy.
THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE (1974)
(aka DON’T OPEN THE WINDOW aka LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE)
A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by chemical pesticides being used by area farmers.
LOVE CAMP 7 (1969)
(aka CAMP 7: LAGER FEMMINILE aka CAMP SPECIAL NO.7)
Two female Army agents go undercover at a Nazi prison camp to get information from a scientist being held there.
(aka THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL aka AND WHEN SHE WAS BAD)
A hideously deformed escapee from a mental institution prepares a morbid birthday surprise for her twin sister.
MARDI GRAS MASSACRE (1978)
Police try to capture someone who is commiting ritual murders of women during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES (1968)
(aka HORROR Y SEXO aka GOMAR, THE HUMAN GORILLA)
This cheap Mexican horror film is a remake of Cardona’s Doctor of Doom (1962), spiced with nudity, medical footage, women wrestling, and cheap gore shots. Female masked wrestler Lucy (who looks like the devil) beats the stuffing out of an opponent – a wrestling lady with a red costume like Catwoman. Lucy finally hurls her opponent from the squared circle and knocks her out cold. Although Lucy’s cop boyfriend tries to convince her that it’s all part of the show, Lucy can no longer handle the stress of wrestling. Meanwhile, a mad scientist (Dr. Krellman) attempts to cure his son’s leukemia by doing the first ‘ape-to-human’ heart transplant. He decides to put a gorilla’s heart into the lad and orders his flunky to “prepare the gorilla!”. There is actual footage of a graphic open heart surgery inserted in the ape operation scenes. This of course causes the boy to turn into a big stinky man-ape. He becomes deformed and mutated, as he sprouts excessive facial hair and takes on the characteristics of the organ’s donor, who immediately goes on a bloody rampage, tearing clothes off women and faces off men.
NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
Professor Nugget and his students try to track down Bigfoot, but end up uncovering something more sinister at work.
NIGHT WARNING (1982)
(aka BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER aka NIGHTMARE MAKER)
Since the death of his parents fourteen years ago, Billy Lynch has been raised by his over-protective aunt Cheryl. But once he turns seventeen, he is soon set on planning his life…without her. He’s planing on going on to college and is dating local girl Julie. None of which sits well for his aunt, who’s lost everyone else in her life and now with her nephew ready to leave, ensures she starts on a campaign to keep him with her…forever.But as her plans misfire she becomes swept up in a cycle of psychosis and frenzied violence all being blamed on Billy by everyone else…including a homophobic detective, who’s anti-gay prejudice is steadily reaching its zenith…leading to an unforeseeable outcome.
NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN (1981)
(aka NIGHTMARE aka BLOOD SPLASH)
A drug-treated schizophrenic (Baird Stafford) plagued by horrible nightmares escapes from the hospital and goes on a killing spree.
NIGHT SCHOOL (1981)
Who’s been decapitating the innocent girls at a local night school? The police are baffled
A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister
(aka THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD aka DEATH DORM)
Four college students are stalked by an unknown assailant while staying on campus over the Christmas holidays to help clear out a dormitory which is to be demolished.
PRISONER OF THE CANNIBAL GOD (1978)
(aka THE MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD aka SLAVE OF THE CANNIBAL GOD)
A girl and her brother fly to New Guinea to look for a lost expedition, led by her husband, which has vanished in the great jungle.
REVENGE OF THE BOOGEYMAN (1983)
(aka BOOGEYMAN II)
…Ulli Lommel’s fairly needless sequel to the first ‘bogeyman’ movie. Pretty lazy stuff- it seems that the entirety of the first film is flash-backed to at some point (hence it joining it on the ‘nasties’ list). The only interesting thing is the semi-parody of Hollywood, in which Lommel himself plays a director attempting to make a fictionalized version of events in the first film. …Removed from the DPP list,but not re-released.
SHOGUN ASSASSIN (1972)
(aka LONE WOLF AND CUB: BABY CART TO HADES)
Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.
THE SLAYER (1982)
Siblings, Eric & his surreal artist sister Kay, her doctor husband David, her sister-in-law Brooke along with pilot Marsh become stranded on a rugged isle face off against a supernatural beast drawn to Kay who dreams of its killings.
A so-called “snuff” movie involving the exploits of a cult leader leading a gang of bikers in a series of supposedly real killings on film.
SS EXPERIMENT CAMP (1976)
…Yet another title where the lurid cover artwork invited controversy. Its title became a by-word for depravity in the tabloids during the early 80’s. Quite some achievement for yet another mildly incompetent Italian sexploitationer with some of the most risible, and hilarious dialogue in trash cinema. …Remains well and truly banned.
(aka TENBRE aka UNSANE)
…Dario Argento’s brutal giallo, which gives a slight nod to the stalk-n-slash film (then) popular in US cinema. Someone is imitating the killings in a crime writers novels. Packed with the cruel and lush visuals that make the majority of his work such a treat. The version that was banned in England was, in fact, the same cut version that had played at British cinemas. …There have recently been hopes for a legitimate re-release of TENEBRAE after SUSPIRIA was finally released widescreen and totally uncut, however it appears that the continuing position on what the BBFC sees as “sexualized violence” may prohibit this.
THE TOOLBOX MURDERS (1978)
A ski-masked maniac kills apartment complex tenants with the contents of a toolbox.
(aka THE HOUSE ON STRAW HILL aka EXPOSE)
A paranoid writer (Kier) is unable to get started on his second novel. He hires a secretary (Hayden), and then his troubles really begin.
Terry, Nancy and Gloria wreck their car on an isolated road but are taken in by the Penrose family. Their relief is short-lived when they discover that the family has a dark and murderous secret
VISITING HOURS (1982)
(aka THE FRIGHT)
A slasher (Michael Ironside) finds the hospital where a TV newswoman (Lee Grant) is recovering from his attack.
THE WEREWOLF AND THE YETI (1975)
(aka NIGHT OF THE HOWLING BEAST)
Waldemar, the renowned adventurer, joins an expedition to find the Yeti in the Himalayas. While hiking the mountains, he’s captured by two cannibalistic demon nymphets guarding a remote Buddhist temple and becomes their sex-slave. They transform him into a werewolf setting him loose to roam the mountain where he encounters a sadistic bandit.
THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA (1976)
A disturbed woman is haunted by memories of childhood abuse, which culminates in a murder spree.
WOMEN BEHIND BARS (1975)
A small-time hood brings the attention of the law with an insurance scam and diamond theft, but things become even more interesting when his moll murders him and is slammed behind bars where she faces all manner of electric shock treatments to various parts of her anatomy
A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively.
(aka ZOMBIE FLESH-EATERS aka ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD)
A New York reporter (Ian McCulloch) follows a woman (Tisa Farrow) to an island where a doctor (Richard Johnson) faces an epidemic of the undead