Home video changed the world. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. This film traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of society that were altered by the creation of videotape.
Actor, writer and life-long horror film aficionado Mark Gatiss follows his 'A History of Horror' with this exploration of European horror cinema. Including interviews with directors Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro amongst others.
A documentary features interviews with filmmakers Neil Marshall ('The Descent', 'Doomsday'), Christopher Smith ('Severance', 'Black Death') and MP Graham Bright as well as rare archive footage featuring James Ferman (director of the BBFC 1975-1999) & Mary Whitehouse. Taking in the explosion of home video, the erosion of civil liberties, the introduction of draconian censorship measures, hysterical press campaigns and the birth of many careers born in blood and videotape, West's documentary also reflects on the influence this peculiar era still exerts on us today. Written by
Available as part of Nucleus Films 3 disc DVD set "Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide". See more »
And I think... the most interesting thing to me is just how little historical memory we have. The next time there's a panic, we won't remember just how stupid the last one was and how people get away with things. And that to me is the most important lesson about this campaign. The evangelicals got away with murder. They got away with fraud. They got away with deceiving people. They now laugh it off and the fact that all these films, almost all these films are now available uncut in the public ...
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A decent view into the censorship battle in Britain over gory low budget horror movies.
Video Nasties were horror movies that were deemed offensive and too violent for the general audience which led to raids of video stores to pull copies off the shelves and even arrests of distributors and filmmakers. This documentary takes a look into the whole debacle which is a fascinating time for censorship when horror was embracing the wilder side with tons of gore and nudity. The documentary does a good job at recapping the events, but little else.
Good: Like I said, it recaps the events leading up to the Video Nasties laws and the effect it had on horror fans and the country. It offers perspective from both sides of the argument which is always welcomed. Plus, there is some sweet footage of the movies being talked about in the film.
Bad: It does little to rise from the subject matter. It is interviews accompanied by archive footage. It is a simple documentary on a controversial topic so don't expect anything crazy or innovative here.
Overall, if you are interested in the Video Nasties era, this film works in giving the summary of the events. A good time killer.
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