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

Not Rated | | Documentary | 3 June 2014 (USA)
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A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s.

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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 »

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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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Balanced, well-made and works well as a time capsule bringing you back to your childhood
23 November 2010 | by (The Divided States of Earth) – See all my reviews

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.


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