Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)

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A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Petley ...
Xavier Mendik ...
Kim Newman ...
John Hayward ...
John McVicar ...
Himself (archive footage)
Geoffrey Robertson ...
Martin Barker ...
Fredric Wertham ...
Himself (archive footage)
Patricia MacCormack ...
Mary Whitehouse ...
Graham Bright ...


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 Anonymous

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To avoid moral panic keep repeating: "They were only movies, only movies, only movies, only movies...". See more »




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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide  »

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Available as part of Nucleus Films 3 disc DVD set "Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide". See more »


Martin Barker: 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 documentary the whole horror world should have
5 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Living in the US, I would read the term "Video Nasty" when it would come to collecting horror films such as the Beyond or Island of Death. I never looked into the term and then I'd come across it more and more. It would always be there when a movie like Horrible would hit DVD and you would see people say things like "finally a Video Nasty gets a DVD release!" Finally, after getting an all region DVD player, I decided to look into this whole "Video Nasty" list and see what I had and needed.

This documentary was the big step as it details the Video Recordings Act from 83 and it tells the story of how the powers that be in the UK would have police raid video stores to seize the "Video Nasties" that would morally corrupt society. I already have this fascination with how people react to horror films and how the genre is so different with people compared to other genres. But to see a whole country be affected by a list of horror films? Wow! It takes you through the events and how the legal battles went and everything. Truly fascinating stuff for any horror fan.

The extras on the DVD feature every trailer for every film on the list. I can proudly say this documentary was one of the greatest purchases I have made as a horror fan as it made me go after the remaining 33 movies listed on the Video Nasties list. I wish the documentary would get a region 1 release so people here in the States can appreciate a piece of horror history.

Not all movies on the list are available on DVD. However, if you look hard enough like I did, you will find them.

Everyone should see this. If you are a true horror fan, do yourself a favor and get this documentary. If you are a horror collector, get this documentary and start one of the funnest horror hunts you will ever have as a collector.

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