The dpp 39 video nasties"

by mungflesh | created - 26 May 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

The infamous 39 VHS video movies that gained notoriety through successful prosecution for obscenity

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1. Absurd (1981)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

A priest comes to a small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: George Eastman, Annie Belle, Charles Borromel, Katya Berger

Votes: 1,908

Not too bad and with some OK gore sequences

2. Antropophagus (1980)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of tourists become stranded on an uninhabited island where they are stalked by an insane, violent, and grotesque killer that slaughtered the town's former residents.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi, Margaret Mazzantini

Votes: 4,558

Dire. Really, really boring.

3. Die Säge des Todes (1981)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Girls are killed at a language-school in Spain.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Olivia Pascal, Christoph Moosbrugger, Nadja Gerganoff, Jasmin Losensky

Votes: 1,492

Average. A bit dull.

4. Lager SSadis Kastrat Kommandantur (1976)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, War

Near the end of WW2, prisoners of war are used in experiments to perfect the Arian race.

Director: Sergio Garrone | Stars: Mircha Carven, Paola Corazzi, Giorgio Cerioni, Giovanna Mainardi

Votes: 974

5. Zombie (1979)

R | 91 min | Horror

Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver

Votes: 22,564

Some creepy sequences and decent gore but weaker than any in Romero's original trilogy

6. Evilspeak (1981)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror

An outcast military cadet taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.

Director: Eric Weston | Stars: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese, Claude Earl Jones

Votes: 2,712

An above average revenge flick - with pigs

7. The Beast in Heat (1977)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, War

This is one of many so called Video Nasties about fictionalized World War 2 Nazi POW camp atrocities. A beautiful, nefarious senior female SS officer/doctor (Magall) creates a genetic, ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Batzella | Stars: Macha Magall, Gino Turini, Edilio Kim, Xiro Papas

Votes: 1,269

8. Don't Go in the Woods (1981)

R | 82 min | Horror

A maniacal murderer kills tourists in the woods.

Director: James Bryan | Stars: Nick Cleland, Mary Gail Artz, James P. Hayden, Angie Brown

Votes: 2,285

A "So bad it's good" kind of movie

9. The House by the Cemetery (1981)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Frezza

Votes: 10,696

Not one of Fulci's better movies

10. The Driller Killer (1979)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, Harry Schultz

Votes: 5,657

Verbose and talky. Not an action or suspense movie

11. Fight for Your Life (1977)

R | 82 min | Crime, Thriller

A mean trashy exploitation picture about three convicts who escape from jail and hole up at the house of a black minister. There are a few nasty scenes where the minister's family is being ... See full summary »

Director: Robert A. Endelson | Stars: Robert Judd, Catherine Peppers, Lela Small, Yvonne Ross

Votes: 1,322

Drags on a bit.

12. Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Horror

Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle, Danilo Mattei, Zora Kerova

Votes: 7,988

Weaker than Holocaust - not very good

13. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

22 Metascore

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 44,988

Aside from the animal cruelty, the movie does have one or two artistic merits

14. The Last House on the Left (1972)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln

Votes: 28,909 | Gross: $3.10M

Decent and harrowing

15. Blood Feast (1963)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror

An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton

Votes: 4,961 | Gross: $4.00M

Laughable acting but pretty gruesome for it's age

16. The Ghastly Ones (1968)

Not Rated | 81 min | Horror

Three married couples are forced to spend the night in a Victorian-era house where they start getting killed off by a deranged psycho who's bent on claiming an inheritance they are all entitled to.

Director: Andy Milligan | Stars: Veronica Radburn, Maggie Rogers, Hal Borske, Anne Linden

Votes: 437

17. Night of the Howling Beast (1975)

R | 87 min | Adventure, Horror

Waldemar, the renowned adventurer, joins an expedition to find the Yeti in the Himalayas. While hiking the mountains, he's captured by two cannibalistic demon nymphets guarding a remote ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Iglesias | Stars: Paul Naschy, Mercedes Molina, Silvia Solar, Gil Vidal

Votes: 496

18. Tenebre (1982)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo

Votes: 17,217

A good Argento movie with one or two great kills and some sexy women

19. La semana del asesino (1972)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A young man, Marco, working as a butcher, accidentally kills a taxi driver. His girlfriend Paula wants to go to the police so he has to kill her too. He then has to kill his brother, his ... See full summary »

Director: Eloy de la Iglesia | Stars: Vicente Parra, Emma Cohen, Eusebio Poncela, Charly Bravo

Votes: 993

Downbeat oddity

20. Axe (1974)

R | 65 min | Horror

Three criminals on a murder spree arrives at a farmhouse, where a girl is living with her paralyzed grandfather.

Director: Frederick R. Friedel | Stars: Leslie Lee, Jack Canon, Ray Green, Frederick R. Friedel

Votes: 1,011

21. Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis

Votes: 2,571

Action movie with some gore. Only remarkable because Quentin Tarantino nods to the director in Inglourious Basterds

22. El caníbal (1980)

Not Rated | 102 min | Horror

A Vietnam veteran heads to an island inhabited by cannibals to save a kidnapped model not only from her kidnappers, but also from the cannibals' lurking Devil god.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Ursula Buchfellner, Al Cliver, Antonio Mayans, Antonio de Cabo

Votes: 968

23. The Burning (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua

Votes: 13,031

The infamous raft sequence makes the movie legendary. Without it, it'd be half the film

24. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

19 Metascore

An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

Director: Meir Zarchi | Stars: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols

Votes: 23,089

Nasty rape and revenge flick. Still unpleasant to watch today.

25. Faces of Death (1978)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Horror

A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means.

Director: John Alan Schwartz | Stars: Michael Carr, Samuel Berkowitz, Mary Ellen Brighton, Thomas Noguchi

Votes: 5,529 | Gross: $35.00M

26. A Bay of Blood (1971)

R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The murder of a wealthy heiress by her husband triggers a series of brutal killings in the surrounding bay area.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati

Votes: 7,638

Gives birth to the slasher formula. Pretty good.

27. Snuff (1975)

X | 80 min | Horror

A so-called "snuff" movie involving the exploits of a cult leader leading a gang of bikers in a series of supposedly real killings on film.

Directors: Michael Findlay, Horacio Fredriksson, Simon Nuchtern | Stars: Margarita Amuchástegui, Tina Austin, Ana Carro, Brian Cary

Votes: 1,352

28. Love Camp 7 (1969)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Thriller, War

Two female Army agents go undercover at a Nazi prison camp to get information from a scientist being held there.

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Bob Cresse, Maria Lease, Kathy Williams, Bruce Kimball

Votes: 685

29. Island of Death (1976)

Not Rated | 108 min | Horror

A couple of perverted and maniac killers get loose on a Greek island.

Director: Nico Mastorakis | Stars: Robert Behling, Jane Lyle, Jessica Dublin, Gerard Gonalons

Votes: 2,864

Bizarre and perverse story

30. House on the Edge of the Park (1980)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: David Hess, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo, Giovanni Lombardo Radice

Votes: 4,309

Well made and gripping, if a bit over-sleazy

31. Nightmare (1981)

R | 97 min | Horror

A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution.

Director: Romano Scavolini | Stars: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke, Mik Cribben

Votes: 2,681

One of the best on this list. Well made and quite graphic. Worth watching.

32. Night of the Bloody Apes (1969)

R | 81 min | Horror

This cheap Mexican horror film is a remake of Cardona's Doctor of Doom (1962), spiced with nudity, medical footage, women wrestling, and cheap gore shots. Female masked wrestler Lucy (who ... See full summary »

Director: René Cardona | Stars: José Elías Moreno, Carlos López Moctezuma, Armando Silvestre, Norma Lazareno

Votes: 745

Hilarious for the most part; some great naked females and a couple of stomach churning open-heart surgery scenes

33. Trauma (1976)

R | 84 min | Thriller

A paranoid writer is unable to get started on his second novel. He hires a secretary and then his troubles really begin.

Director: James Kenelm Clarke | Stars: Udo Kier, Linda Hayden, Fiona Richmond, Patsy Smart

Votes: 772

34. Toxic Zombies (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After drug crops are sprayed with a chemical by a passing airplane, the growers of the crop are poisoned by the chemical and turn into zombie-like mutants.

Director: Charles McCrann | Stars: Charles McCrann, Beverly Shapiro, Dennis Helfend, Kevin Hanlon

Votes: 623

Almost so bad it's good but mostly bad

35. Mardi Gras Massacre (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Horror, Romance

Police try to capture someone who is commiting ritual murders of women during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Director: Jack Weis | Stars: Curt Dawson, Gwen Arment, William Metzo, Laura Misch Owens

Votes: 497

36. L'ultima orgia del III Reich (1977)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror, War

Lise Cohen is taken to a special prisoner-of-war camp for female Jews, a camp run as a bordello to entertain the German officers and troops going in to battle. The camp is run with an iron ... See full summary »

Director: Cesare Canevari | Stars: Adriano Micantoni, Daniela Poggi, Maristella Greco, Fulvio Ricciardi

Votes: 1,049

37. Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)

R | 95 min | Horror

Baron Frankenstein creates two "zombies" - one male, one female - planning to mate them in order to create a master race.

Directors: Paul Morrissey, Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Monique van Vooren

Votes: 4,854

38. Night of the Demon (1980)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

Professor Nugent and his students try to track down Bigfoot, but end up uncovering something more sinister at work.

Director: James C. Wasson | Stars: Michael Cutt, Joy Allen, Bob Collins, Jody Lazarus

Votes: 1,347

39. Madhouse (1981)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

A woman is pursued by her murderous, psychopathic twin sister in the days leading up to their birthday.

Director: Ovidio G. Assonitis | Stars: Patricia Mickey, Michael MacRae, Dennis Robertson, Morgan Most

Votes: 947

Glossy and polished but a bit dull. Not at all scary and lacks gore for the most part



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