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22.55 on the horror channel tonight

Documentary exploring the furore generated by the video nasties that found their way onto British screens in the '80s and the impact they had on today's filmmakers.

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I've not seen it but I bet Mary Whitehouse is in it.

Imagine if she was still alive and saw the likes of A Serbian Film and Human Centipede 2.

Yeah guess I'm glad we live in such more relaxed times now :rolleyes:

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It's well worth a watch - IIRC it kicks off by showing pretty much all of the gore scenes that were banned back in the day.

Watching the start where they showed all those films and I haven't heard of the majority of them.

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That was a great doc. I'm of an age when I can remember my mates telling me at school all about SS Experiment Camp and the like because their mum used to come home at five, and they would be at the video shop in the day during the teacher strikes renting all that stuff.

:omg: the corruption! One is now a town planner, the other is a farmer. Neither has committed any atrocities, to my knowledge. They would have been around eleven when they rented those films.

That Tory cunt Bright should be ashamed of himself. What I couldn't understand though is when he was coming out about that 'research' claiming video nasties would affect dogs, did no-one who owned a dog not say 'hang on a fucking minute!'. It really beggars belief.

That research guy was immense, too. What a lovely chap.

As I've said before, I am no fan of torture porn, I think it's idiotic at best. But when you hear stuff like that Human Centipede 2 being refused a certificate, it worries me the number of intelligent posters on here who attempt to rationalise it. There's no rationality, it's just a hangover from Bright, Whitehouse et al.

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A great documentary, I was only a kid during the nasties error, but I remember it well. In fact its probably one of the reasons I became a horror fan in the first place! Tracking down any of these nasties in my teens was like searching for the holy grail. Its worth checking out the DVD boxset of this doc for those interested, as it contains trailers for every film on the list.

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That Tory cunt Bright should be ashamed of himself. What I couldn't understand though is when he was coming out about that 'research' claiming video nasties would affect dogs, did no-one who owned a dog not say 'hang on a fucking minute!'. It really beggars belief.

Totally this. The dogs stuff was like something off Brass Eye. And the way they just magiced up that 40% figure was ludicrous.

The hero of the whole thing was that grey-bearded college professor chap. The footage of him on the TV debate show was fantastic, I don't know how he didn't punch that Priest right in the face.

I thought Christopher Smith and Neil Marshall came across really well.

Excellent documentary.

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I really enjoyed that also, brought back lots of memories not just of the movies themselves, but also about how it felt to watch them at the time.

I found the list of movies banned for being video nasties back then, Im surprised (as a big horror fan) that theres so many Ive not seen (yet).

Cannibal Holocaust

Faces of Death

Snuff

Exposé

Blood Rites

Madhouse

House on the Edge of the Park

Evilspeak

I Spit on Your Grave

Island of Death

Bloodbath

Nightmare in a Damaged Brain

Blood Feast

Absurd

Anthropophagous: The Beast

Cannibal Apocalypse

Forest of Fear

Night of the Bloody Apes

Night of the Demon

The Werewolf and the Yeti

The Beast in Heat

SS Experiment Camp

Love Camp 7

Tenebrae

The Evil Dead

Shogun Assassin

Nightmare Maker

The Toolbox Murders

Inferno

Death Trap

Visiting Hours

Xtro

Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

Frozen Scream

Pranks

Human Experiments

Fight for your Life

Deep River Savages

Women Behind Bars

The Devil Hunter

Bloody Moon

The Witch who Came from the Sea

Terror Eyes

Possession

Delirium

Don't Go In The House

The Burning

Revenge Of The Bogey Man

The Bogey Man

I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses

Prisoner Of The Cannibal God

Don't Look in the Basement

Cannibal Man

Late Night Trains

The Funhouse

Mardi Gras Massacre

Cannibal Ferox

Flesh for Frankenstein

Don't go in the Woods

Cannibal Terror

Killer Nun

Gestapo's Last Orgy

The Driller Killer

Axe

Don't Go Near The Park

The Slayer

Contamination

Dead & Buried

House by the Cemetery

Unhinged

The Beyond

Zombie Creeping Flesh

The Last House on the Left

Zombie Flesh Eaters

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It was real smash & grab back in the day. Even a title could get a ban, regardless of the content. (hell, one film appears to have been banned because it had a similar title to another that was on the list!) I think there's still a few that are banned but in some cases its simply because the films have never been resubmitted for classification.

Here's a run down of, I think, most of that list Marcus posted, along with their current BBFC state

http://www.melonfarmers.co.uk/nasties.htm

The site doesn't contain graphic imagery but some of the banners and actual content is NSFW.

A quick look reveals the BBFC aren't too happy about Nazi exploitation flicks, with most either banned, never resubmitted or heavily cut. Cannibal stuff too, though that mainly looks to be edited nowadays rather than banned. The rest are either availble uncut or slightly edited versions (and a few had questionable stuff removed before being submitted)

Christ, I remember hearing that Xtro was incredibly extreme - Now passed uncut with a 15 cert! :lol:

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I saw Cannibal Terror (not Holocaust) round a neighbour's house when I was about 10. Really disturbed me, and I've always wanted to see it again in the hope that it would seem really tame now, and thus scrub my brain clean.

Edit: aaand I've just watched the bits I remember on Youtube. Brain scrubbed - what a load of rubbish! :lol:

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I saw Cannibal Terror (not Holocaust) round a neighbour's house when I was about 10. Really disturbed me, and I've always wanted to see it again in the hope that it would seem really tame now, and thus scrub my brain clean.

Edit: aaand I've just watched the bits I remember on Youtube. Brain scrubbed - what a load of rubbish! :lol:

:hat:

This trailer is amazing, it's like a Hawkwind video crossed with M.Hulot's Sao Paulo Holiday!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf_AEfeaCdw

I'm probably wrong, but isn't one of the main characters in this the bomber assassin from Scarface?

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As mentioned above, the DVD box set of this is well worth seeking out if you're interested in this kind of stuff. The second and third discs basically contain all of the trailers for the films on the list along with optional introductions from the talking heads featured in the main documentary. There's also a 'video ident-a-thon' on the first disc featuring all of the old intro sequences from the small time video distributors of the day.

Also recommended is "Ban the Sadist Videos", a two part documentary that was featured on the Anchor Bay "Box of the Banned" sets. It runs almost two hours in total and covers a lot of the same ground as "Moral Panic", but with more archive footage and a bit more of a focus on the facts. The second part also goes into post-classification censorship, right up to the Child's Play 3 banning, and David Alton's attempt to classify violent films as "not suitable for home viewing".

The box sets that it came in have long been deleted, but I managed to grab an AVI download from here:

Part 1

Part 2

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As I've said before, I am no fan of torture porn, I think it's idiotic at best. But when you hear stuff like that Human Centipede 2 being refused a certificate, it worries me the number of intelligent posters on here who attempt to rationalise it. There's no rationality, it's just a hangover from Bright, Whitehouse et al.

No it isn't. Well, maybe it is, I haven't seen the film, though I can now do so. Just look at the stats, only 1% of films cut, and essentially all of those were to obtain a specific certificate required by the distributor (U rather than PG, 12A rather than 15 etc). The BBFC of this documentary are unbelievably cunty self appointed moral arbiters, the BBFC we have today spend their time getting specific ratings for films based on decent research, and making sure submitted work doesn't contravene the terribly vague obscenity laws in the UK. They said as much in their press release about HC2, they're not 'protecting the chilluns', they just thought it broke the law. Or at least, someone there did.

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For the past weeks, some folks I know have been viewing one of the 72 banned films on the original list and writing about it. It's a neat little blog - one of the pair really knows his stuff about all manner of horror and exploitation cinema (gives a good overview of the film, some comment on the history of the prosecution, and some musings on where each title fits into the wider continuum of horror films); the other is more of a hobbyist and gives general impressions. Not having seen the vast majority of these films, it's interesting to get an insight.

They're 5 films in right now, having last watched Don't Go Into The Woods.

http://wecando72.blogspot.com/

Definitely keen to watch Moral Panic now, or the one Decider linked to up there.

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I'm watching the documentary, Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape which is really excellent but just serves to remind me that I've never seen any of the ones on the list of prosecuted films in the UK. I've only seen The Evil Dead off the non-prosecuted list, too.

It's amazing that some of these titles, like The Beast in Heat and Gestapo's Last Orgy are still outright banned - fascinating.

So, which would you recommend as essential viewing? Which are the most nasty? The (ironically) least nasty and actually good films? Be cool to relate stories of the era too: the grubby video shops; renting films that would be 18s or X when you were just a nipper; disappointment that the stuff on screen looked crap; lack of sleep because it looked too real... let's explore this bizarre period in British history :ph34r:

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