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Seize the Video Nasties!

Posted: January 16, 2017 in List, Opinions
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What are Video Nasties?

If you’ve spent much time in and around the horror genre, you’ve heard the term Video Nasty. It seems that many genre films from the 70s and 80s have somehow become associated with the term, but there are very specific lists of movies that were Video Nasties.

In the early 80s, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and Mary Whitehouse led a campaign to prosecute certain titles for obscenity. The result was the Video Recordings Act of 1984, which required all video releases to appear before the BBFC for certification (as well as demands for edits). For many years, the UK would become one of the most heavily censored countries in all of Europe.

To learn more about the proceedings and public reaction, check out the Severin releases of Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide (there are two parts). In addition to some great documentaries, there are trailers for every Video Nasty film, even the Section 3 list, which are not really considered the “real” Video Nasties.

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Available from Severin Films.

In total, there are 72 movies included in the Section 2 list, 39 of which were actually prosecuted. It is those 72 movies that I am going to look at over the coming months (some of which I’ve already reviewed). There are some very well-known titles in this list, such as Evil Dead, Zombie and The Beyond, but there are also a lot of fairly obscure titles. This also applies to the quality of the movies. Some of these are pretty poorly made, which in some ways, creates a sort of grindhouse charm.

Although this was a dark time for horror enthusiasts in the U.K., the BBFC brought attention to many films that may never have been popular.  In fact, the Video Nasty list is often used as a check list of sorts, movies that are “extreme” enough to have been banned

Without further ado, here is a list of the films, with links to reviews that will be updated as the year goes.

Section 2 Prosecuted Films:

  1. Absurd
  2. Anthropophagus: The Beast
  3. Axe
  4. A Bay of Blood
  5. The Beast in Heat
  6. Blood Feast
  7. Blood Rites
  8. Bloody Moon
  9. The Burning
  10. Cannibal Apocalypse
  11. Cannibal Ferox
  12. Cannibal Holocaust
  13. The Cannibal Man
  14. Devil Hunter
  15. Don’t Go in the Woods
  16. The Driller Killer
  17. Evilspeak
  18. Exposé
  19. Faces of Death
  20. Fight for Your Life
  21. Flesh for Frankenstein
  22. Forest of Fear
  23. Gestapo’s Last Orgy
  24. The House by the Cemetery
  25. The House on the Edge of the Park
  26. I Spit on Your Grave
  27. Island of Death
  28. The Last House on the Left
  29. Love Camp 7
  30. Madhouse
  31. Mardi Gras Massacre
  32. Nightmares in a Damaged Brain
  33. Night of the Bloody Apes
  34. Night of the Demon
  35. Snuff
  36. SS Experiment Camp
  37. Tenebrae
  38. The Werewolf and the Yeti
  39. Zombie Flesh Eaters

Section 2 Non-Prosecuted Films:

  1. The Beyond
  2. The Bogey Man
  3. Cannibal Terror
  4. Contamination
  5. Dead & Buried
  6. Death Trap
  7. Deep River Savages
  8. Delirium
  9. Don’t Go in the House
  10. Don’t Go Near the Park
  11. Don’t Look in the Basement
  12. The Evil Dead
  13. Frozen Scream
  14. The Funhouse
  15. Human Experiments
  16. I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses
  17. Inferno
  18. Killer Nun
  19. Late Night Trains
  20. The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue
  21. Nightmare Maker
  22. Possession
  23. Pranks
  24. Prisoner of the Cannibal God
  25. Revenge of the Bogey Man
  26. The Slayer
  27. Terror Eyes
  28. The Toolbox Murders
  29. Unhinged
  30. Visiting Hours
  31. The Witch Who Came From the Sea
  32. Women Behind Bars
  33. Zombie Creeping Flesh

The Madness: Hack and Slash Week 4+

Posted: November 2, 2011 in List

39. Halloween (1978) – 91m – Blu Ray
Repeat Viewing. Not much to be said here, this is a classic of the genre.  I rate this a 10/10.
Bonus Points: If the film is titled or takes place on a specific date or holiday; The Killer’s face is obscured for at least 85% of the film; If a character has a chance to kill the villain but hesitates OR “Kills them” and Walks away without doing a “Double Tap”.

40. Halloween II 91981) – 92m – Blu Ray
Repeat Viewing.  Above average sequel that admittedly lost some of the magic that Carpenter created.  I rate this a 8/10.
Bonus Points: If the film is titled or takes place on a specific date or holiday; The Killer’s face is obscured for at least 85% of the film; If a character has a chance to kill the villain but hesitates OR “Kills them” and Walks away without doing a “Double Tap”.

41. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) – 88m – DVD
Repeat Viewing.  The descent of Myers on screen continues.  This one is ok, and it brought us Danielle Harris, who is now a genre staple.  I rate this one a 6.5/10
Bonus Points: If the film is titled or takes place on a specific date or holiday; The Killer’s face is obscured for at least 85% of the film; If a character has a chance to kill the villain but hesitates OR “Kills them” and Walks away without doing a “Double Tap”.

42. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) – 96m – DVD
Repeat Viewing.  This is one of the worst in the franchise for me, the bumbling cops were horrible.  I rate this a 5.5/10.
Bonus Points: If the film is titled or takes place on a specific date or holiday; The Killer’s face is obscured for at least 85% of the film; Gratuitous BOOB, BUSH, WIENER or ASS shot!!

43. Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) – 88m (theatrical cut) – DVD
Repeat Viewing.  Pretty confusing, the bootleg producer’s cut is a little more coherent, but this isn’t all bad. Paul Rudd makes his film debut here, and Myers is especially vicious.
Bonus Points: If the film is titled or takes place on a specific date or holiday; The Killer’s face is obscured for at least 85% of the film; Gratuitous BOOB, BUSH, WIENER or ASS shot!!

44. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) – 86m – DVD
Repeat Viewing. A return to decency, and one of the better sequels in the franchise.  I rate this a 7.5/10.
Bonus Points: If the film is titled or takes place on a specific date or holiday; The Killer’s face is obscured for at least 85% of the film; If a celebrity plays themselves OR a (future) A-Lister is killed (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

45. Halloween: Resurrection (2002) – 94m – DVD
Repeat Viewing.  Battle with Part 5 for worst Myers installment.  I actually like parts of the movie, but Busta Rhymes kung fu kills it for me.  I rate this a 6/10.
Bonus Points: If the film is titled or takes place on a specific date or holiday; The Killer’s face is obscured for at least 85% of the film; Gratuitous BOOB, BUSH, WIENER or ASS shot!!

46. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) – DVD
Repeat Viewing.  Count me as a fan of this one.  I used to hate it for not having Myers, but grew to see it for what it was, a damn good Halloween flick.  I rate this a 7/10.
Bonus Points: If the film is titled or takes place on a specific date or holiday; The “Final Girl” is actually a guy

47. Monster Squad (1987) – DVD
Repeat Viewing.  Family favorite from my childhood.  A classic that I rate 9/10.

48. The Walking Dead (10.23.2011) – Streaming
First viewing.  This season seems to be getting off to a slow start, but my view of the show is tempered by reading the graphic novels.

49. Ugly Americans episodes 6,7,8,9 (2010) – Streaming
Great show for horror fans. 

50. Blog Post: The Thing (1082)

The Madness: Hack and Slash Week 3

Posted: October 23, 2011 in List

The beat goes on! I subjected myself to the first six Puppet Master movies before checking out a new addition to my collection with the Mardi Gras Massacre, some  horror-comedies, and wrapping up with The Thing.

26. Madman (1982) – 88m – DVD
Repeat Viewing. Lesser known camper slasher. Not at the top of the list, but a decent slasher overall.  I rate this a 6.5/10
Bonus Points: The “Final Girl” is actually a guy {Auto triple bonus}; Gratuitous BOOB, BUSH, WIENER or ASS shot!!; If a character slips and falls while being pursued by an antagonist;

27. Puppet Master (1989) – 90m – DVD
Repeat Viewing. Fun movie from Full Moon that brings us a whole new crew of slashers in the form of killer dolls. I rate this a 7/10
Bonus Points: Gratuitous BOOB, BUSH, WIENER or ASS shot!!; If a character slips and falls while being pursued by an antagonist

28. Puppet Master II (1991) – 88m – DVD
First Viewing.  Decent sequel that is similiar to the original.  The puppets are the stars.  I rate this a 6.5/10.
Bonus Points: Gratuitous BOOB, BUSH, WIENER or ASS shot!!;

29. Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge (1991) – DVD
First Viewing. A prequel that shows the origin of Toulon and the puppets. I rate this a 6/10
Bonus Points: Gratuitous BOOB, BUSH, WIENER or ASS shot!!; If a character slips and falls while being pursued by an antagonist

30. Puppet Master 4 (1993) – DVD
First Viewing. This one gets a little crazy as we are introduced to a demon that the secret of the puppets was stolen from.  He sends forth some small demons to retrieve the secret.  Not very good, but about what I was expecting.  I rate this a 5/10.
Bonus Points: If a character slips and falls while being pursued by an antagonist; The “Final Girl” is actually a guy; If you are watching a sequel 4 or higher.

31. Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (1994) – DVD
First Viewing. The Demon is back and so is the new Puppet Master! Wait, this is pretty much the same movie as Part 4…I rate this 4.5/10
Bonus Points: If a character slips and falls while being pursued by an antagonist; The “Final Girl” is actually a guy; If you are watching a sequel 4 or higher.

32. Curse of the Puppet Master (1998) – DVD
First Viewing. We have a new Puppet Master and what looks to be his new protege.  The gore is amped up quite a bit in this installment. I rate this a 5/10.
Bonus Points: If you are watching a sequel 4 or higher,

33. Mardi Gras Massacre (1978) – DVD
First Viewing. Wanted to check this out after seeing it on the Video Nasty list.  It’s like 1970s porn meets Herschell Gordon Lewis, complete with horrid music and questionable acting all around.  If you like 70s sleeze, this is probably right up your alley.  I rate this a 6.5/10.
Bonus Points: Gratuitous BOOB, BUSH, WIENER or ASS shot!!; If the film is titled or takes place on a specific date or holiday (Mardi Gras)

34. Zombieland (2009) – Blu Ray
Repeat Viewing. Great comedic look at a zombie epidemic.  I rate this an 8/10

35. Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood (1996) – DVD
Repeat Viewing. I love the TftC movies and wish they would have made more.  I rate this a 7/10
Bonus Points: Gratuitous BOOB, BUSH, WIENER or ASS shot!!; If a celebrity plays themselves OR a (future) A-Lister is killed

36. The Thing (2011) – Theatrical
First Viewing.  Not a bad prequel, but when you are going to be compared to something as amazing as Carpenter’s first, you have big shoes to fill.  I rate this a 7.5/10.
If a character slips and falls while being pursued by an antagonist;

37. The Walking Dead (10.16.2011) – Streaming
First Viewing.  Love this show.  Solid season opener.  Cliffhanger wasn’t too shocking as I have read the beginning of the Graphic Novels. I rate this a 9/10.

38. The Thing from Another World – Blog Post (10.21.2011)

Creepiest Bunnies in Film History

Posted: April 24, 2011 in List, Opinions

There just are not very many (any?) good Easter themed horror movies.   Where are the guys that made Thankskilling! When you need them?  As a substitute, I am going to count down the five creepiest rabbits to find themselves in a movie. 

5. Night of the Lepus – While giant mutant bunnies are nothing to scoff at, the superimposed rabbits here really weren’t that scary, unless you have to clean up after them.

4. Donnie Darko – Creepy, yes, but come on, it was a guy in a bunny suit.

3. Fatal Attraction – I think we all know what is in that pot.

2. Monthy Python and the Search for the Holy Grail – I know what you are thinking, “Oh, it’s just a harmless little *bunny*, isn’t it?”  Go forth at your own risk.

1. Twilight Zone: The Movie – Pretty sure this scared the shit out of me when I was a kid.