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 ...
See more »
Balanced, well-made and works well as a time capsule bringing you back to your childhood
This documentary is part of the 3-DVD box set "Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide", the other 2 DVDs feature the trailers for all 72 video nasties.
It starts by evoking the feeling of how it was to get and see those gruesome horror movies when VHS first came out in the late 70s. It also repeatedly degrades the picture quality to a crummy low-fi picture that is very authentically VHS-like. Then it goes down to business and we get a history lesson about how the video nasties list came to be, the censorship and VHS burnings in the UK,... People from both sides are interviewed, those who fought against the censorship but also those who wanted to enforce it, everything for the sake of recreating those events. For some good measurement some British young horror filmmakers and Kim Newman are thrown into the mix talking about how they perceived it and how those films even influenced their movie making. It's not about the individual video nasty movies, though, although you get to see some bits and pieces from them throughout. Balanced, well-made and works well as a time capsule bringing you back to your childhood. The 3-DVD-box set is available now...in a VHS case.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?