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When Platoon won four Oscars in 1987, it marked not only a new chapter in Oliver Stone's career as a filmmaker, but also the end of a decade-long battle. Since the 1970s, Stone had been struggling to make his harrowing account of the horrors he'd seen firsthand as a soldier in the Vietnam conflict, but was famously turned down by every major studio in Hollywood.
Platoon, and Stone, finally found sanctuary at a small independent studio with a grand-sounding name: the Hemdale Film Corporation. It was Hemdale, and its co-founder John Daly, that had taken a chance on Stone, and when Platoon came out in 1986, the gamble proved to be a shrewd one: its $6m investment was covered by the first month's ticket sales, and the film »
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Picking out the lamest video nasties is not the hardest thing in the world to do. In fact, looking down the list of the 72 banned films, there is an embarrassment of riches. For every Cannibal Holocaust, there is a Terror Eyes; for every Last House on the Left, there is Human Experiments.
It is amazing to think that a bunch of exploitative, distasteful horror movies were so feared by the British establishment back in the early 1980s. In fact, they shot themselves in the foot when they made a list of 72 movies that were deemed to be too disgusting for the British public to feast their eyes upon. They made cult collector’s items out of movies that would never have gained any attention had they not been banned.
The video nasty black market that operated between the 1980s and 1990s venerated banned films and, for example, »
- Clare Simpson
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