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Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005)

An in-depth analysis of the "Video Nasty" scandal of the early 1980s in Britain.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Theobald ...
Narrator (voice)
Norman Abbott ...
Barrie Gold ...
Bill Best ...
Mo Claridge ...
S.R. Doshi ...
David Mellor ...
James Ferman ...
Bob Lewis ...
Julian Petley ...
Mary Whitehouse ...
Austin Mitchell ...
Himself (as Austin Mitchell MP)
John Beyer ...
Derek Malcolm ...


An in-depth analysis of the "Video Nasty" scandal of the early 1980s in Britain.

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This was released as part of Anchor Bay's UK "Box of the Banned" DVD set, together with 6 video nasties. The 2nd part of the documentary, Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) was available in the 2nd box set. See more »


Romano Scavolini: I said "Look, I don't want the usual hypocrisy of American genre films where at a certain point you see the knife and not the wound. Let's do something really... if we have to go down that road, let's go all the way without hypocrisy".
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Nice Documentary
4 January 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Very good documentary from David Gregory taking a look at the 1980s in Britain as the start of the decade saw a major boom in the video rental market. A lot of the biggest renters were horror movies like CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, EATEN ALIVE, THE DRILLER KILLER and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. The problem is that the moral police started to think that these movies were going to damage those watching them so a push was made to get movies like these banned or at least censored to the point where there would be no reason to watch them.

BAN THE SADIST VIDEOS! is a very good documentary that horror fans are really going to enjoy. It's also safe to say that they're going to be enraged by some of the archival interviews where people claim that if you watch this type of stuff you're going to pretty much turn into a raving killer yourself. American horror films had issues with the MPAA and various women's rights groups but there's no doubt that the BBFC took things a bit further by banning movies and in some cases people getting send to jail for showing the films. The documentary does an extremely good job at explaining how all of this happened and why the moral police were so worried about certain titles.

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