14 items from 2014
Always with one eye on the past and the other on the present, FrightFest ensure an enduring celebration of genre cinema. After supporting director Jake West and producer Marc Morris’ Moral Panic, Video Nasties and Videotape, FrightFest have once again leant their support to the follow-up documentary Video Nasties: Draconian Days, which picks up where Moral Panic left off to look at the fallout of the 1984 Video Recordings Act.
To celebrate the home entertainment release of Draconian Days that continues a comprehensive discussion of a compelling chapter in British film spectatorship and censorship, HeyUGuys turned the tables on West and Morris as they shared their thoughts on censorship past, present and future, the advantages of notoriety and the positive side to the Draconian Days amongst other points of discussion.
What was the genesis of Video Nasties: Draconian Days? Was it your original intention to do a follow-up?
Jake West: »
- Paul Risker
The Flickering Myth Podcast talks censorship…
Released on DVD today, Video Nasties: Draconian Day looks at James Ferman’s time as Head of the BBFC and the censorship rules he created.
You can read our ★★★★ review here.
“Video Nasties: Draconian Days is a brilliant, insightful and masterfully put together look at a troubling period of British history and its attitude to horror movies. And with this kind of censorship and media scare mongering still quite prevalent in discussions of policing the Internet, pornography and even Youtube, a movie like Video Nasties: Draconian Days is more relevant than ever. It should be played everywhere and used as a blueprint to highlight the mistakes made during James Ferman’s run at the BBFC. Video Nasties: Draconian Days is a genius movie that should be watched by everyone.”
- Luke Owen
Directed by Jake West
A documentary that covers James Ferman’s run as the Head of the BBFC and the fallout from the Video Recording Act of 1984.
The sequel to Jake West and Marc Morris’ Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape sees the pair take on the James Ferman era of the BBFC between 1985 and 1999, a time when widespread panic and outrage was placed upon the country because a few horror films were sold on video tape. It’s a fascinating look at a period when, despite claiming to be a free country, we were ruled with an iron fist and films became a censored art form. The documentary is filled with brilliant interviews with those who lived through these times as a horror fan, but also those who worked within the BBFC and politicians who lobbied for “this filth” to be removed from our shores. »
- Luke Owen
The highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorahip & Videotape documentary, director Jake West and producer Marc Morris continue uncovering the shocking story of home entertainment post the 1984 Video Recordings Act with Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days.
A time when Britain plunged into a new dark age of the most restrictive censorship, where the horror movie became the bloody eviscerated victim of continuing dread created by self-aggrandizing moral guardians. With passionate and entertaining interviews from the people who lived through it and more jaw dropping archive footage, get ready to reflect and rejoice the passing of a landmark era.
I was a huge fan of Jake West and Marc Morris’ first documentary on the Video Nasties scandal of the early 80s and it opened my eyes to a period in time I was actually too young to really remember – at the time of »
- Phil Wheat
This month super indie DVD distributor Severin Films are releasing director Jake West's (Evil Aliens, Doghouse) amazing even handed documentary, Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorshop, and Video Tape. To help celebrate that monumentally awesome release (more below), Severin sublabel Intervision Picture Corp. are releasing a pair of classic Nazisploitation films from the infamous Dpp list, Cesare Canvari's Gestapo's Last Orgy, and Rino Di Silvestro's Deported Women of the SS Special Section. All three of these releases are essential for exploitation fans around the world, and here's why:...
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Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.
For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.
And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The »
- Phil Wheat
The moral panic associated with 'Video Nasties' in 1980s Great Britain is a cultural and political phenomenon that continues to live on in infamy in the memories of UK horror fanatics, including indie comic writer Mario Covone, who spoke to us about his new series, Video Nasty, which takes place during the mindless witch hunt of the times.
Having previously been founder and manager of the pioneering comic book store 'Apocalypse Comics', Covone makes his physically published debut with Video Nasty.
So what exactly was the turning point in his career? What gave him the inspiration and drive to take the leap from store manager to getting his very own product into the market?
Covone says, "I have always had a deep love for the medium of comic books and known that I wanted to be a part of the industry in some capacity, but growing up in a small »
- Gareth Jones
Reaper Comics has launched a new six-issue comic in the UK entitled Video Nasty, and we have a look at it for you here. It's by Mario Covone, hailed as "an exciting new voice in comics with a cool new spin on a provocative subject" by director Jake West (Doghouse).
The comic explores the real world politics behind government censorship and media manipulation in 1980's Britain while still maintaining the core of being a fictional horror story.
Covone, writer of the award-nominated web strip Circles, makes his published debut with Video Nasty. Mario is the former managing director of Apocalypse Comics and was an integral part of some innovative work with conventions and bringing more comic book variant covers to the UK than any comic shop before or since.
The artist, Vasilis Logios, makes his debut to comics outside of mainland Europe, but he has worked tirelessly for years in »
- Debi Moore
The highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape documentary, director Jake West and producer Marc Morris continue uncovering the shocking story of home entertainment post the 1984 Video Recordings Act. A time when Britain plunged into a new dark age of the most restrictive censorship, where the horror movie became the bloody eviscerated victim of continuing dread created by self-aggrandizing moral guardians. With passionate and entertaining interviews from the people who lived through it and more jaw dropping archive footage, get ready to reflect and rejoice the passing of a landmark era.
I was a huge fan of Jake West and Marc Morris’ first documentary on the Video Nasties scandal of the early 80s and it opened my eyes to a period in time I was actually too young to really remember – at the time of the Video Recordings Act and the Dpp’s prosecution »
- Phil Wheat
The horror-thriller is the first film from newly formed Eis based production company Sunny Day Media, headed up by UK financier Keith Chapman.
Working with UK producer Tim Dennison, the fund has been set up to produce and finance a slate of $2m-$3m pictures through the use of Eis and Equity funding.
Directed by Matt Winn (who also co-wrote), The Hoarder is the first film to go into production and a sales agent is currently being sought to handle international sales. It’s currently shooting at London’s Three Mills Studios.
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The highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape, director Jake West and producer Marc Morris continue uncovering the shocking story of home entertainment post the 1984 Video Recordings Act with Video Nasties Part Two: Draconian Days.
A time when Britain plunged into a new Dark Age of the most restrictive censorship, where the horror movie became the bloody eviscerated victim of continuing dread created by self-aggrandizing moral guardians. With passionate and entertaining interviews from the people who lived through it and more jaw dropping archive footage, get ready to reflect and rejoice the passing of a landmark era.
Video Nasties Part Two: Draconian Days screens at Glasgow Frightfest next month.
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- Phil Wheat
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Zombie, Indiana, a Circus of the Dead teaser trailer, news on the line-up for FearFest Glasgow, an Escaping the Dead trailer, the trailer for Bb, and much more:
Zombie, Indiana Release Details: “The newest novel in Scott Kenemore’s bestselling series, Zombie, Indiana is the tale of a harrowing undead attack on the heartland of America. From the highest echelons of state government—to the gritty world of an eastside narcotics detective—to the elite folds of the state’s most-expensive prep school—this novel explores the impact of an invading zombie horde on a trio of Hoosier protagonists… each of whom has some dark secrets to keep.
Indiana governor Hank Burleson has spent eight years cutting social services, castrating the unions (not literally…yet), and chipping »
- Tamika Jones
Film4 FrightFest Glasgow 2014 has today announced a 4(!) day event to include eight World, European and UK premieres, Ti West special event and Sunday repeat screenings in the festivals biggest programme ever. From Thursday February 27th to Sunday March 2nd, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy festival returns to its second home at the Gft for the 9th year with an impressive slate of the hottest new horror films.
The line-up in full:
Thurs 27 Feb – Gft Screen 2 21:00 In Conversation With Ti West (Special event)
Nobody does nostalgia-brushed spookiness and minimalist horror like independent director Ti West, King of the slow-burn shocker. FrightFest has been there from the very start – our video label released his 2005 debut feature The Roost – and we’ve watched with pride as the Delaware-born quirky talent has grown in global genre stature through The House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers, V/H/S and now his game-changing Eli Roth produced The Sacrament. »
- Phil Wheat
Tenth edition of the Glasgow Film Festival to host a record 60 UK premieres; Under the Skin to receive Scottish premiere as closing film.
With the festival celebrating its tenth edition this year, its opening gala recalls their first-ever closing gala, Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which will also receive a screening during the festival on Glasgow’s Tall Ship.
This year’s edition (supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland and Creative Scotland) will feature a record 60 UK premieres, including Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo; Sandra Nettelbeck’s Mr. Morgan’s [link »
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14 items from 2014
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