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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

Don’t Call It a Comeback

Posted: April 19, 2016 in Opinions

How quickly time flys!  It’s been far too long since I’ve posted here.  I’ve been watching movies, but work was keeping me away from reviewing and posting.  Things change, and I’ve started a new job!  Hopefully this will give me the balance I want in life and give me the time to devote to Cenobite Me.

My favorite event of the year is coming up in a couple weeks, and I’ll be prepping for that.  I’m hoping to get a few posts in from Texas Frightmare Weekend, but I also plan on cranking out some reviews as well.

See you guys soon!

One of the coolest things about blogging is when someone shares something they created with you.  It doesn’t happen a lot, but when it does, it is pretty amazing.  Not long ago, I received an email from Loren Kanter, who just happens to be crazy talented with wood-cutting tools. 

Loren has carved plenty of celebrity profiles, but it was his rendition of Boris Karloff as the Monster that he was showcasing.  Although this is his only horror related piece to date, Loren let me know that he was planning a Lugosi piece, as well as something from The Exorcist.  Personally, I can’t wait to see them!

You can check out his work on his blog here and check out his Karloff piece below!

Karloff

It was a short week with Halloween falling on Wednesday, but I did manage to get a few of the regulars watched:

 

66. The Last Man on Earth (1964) 86m Streaming

My favorite version of the Richard Matheson novel.  I rate this 8/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 1 If what you’re watching features a Vampire (1), Shape Shifter or a Golem
Total Points: 3

 

67. The Walking Dead – Walk with Me S3E3 60m Streaming

Getting to know The Governor.  Good Stuff!
Base Points: 1
Total Points: 1

 

68. Supernatural – Caged Heat S6E10 60m Streaming

Base Points: 1
Bonus Points:1 If what you’re watching features a Vampire (1), Shape Shifte or a Golem (Dean fights 2 vampires)
Total Points: 2

 

69. Halloween (2007) 121m (Unrated) BluRay

While I’m not a huge fan of this remake, I’m also not a hater.  I rate it 7/10.
Base Points: 2
Total Points: 2

 70. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) 98m DVD

It’s a Halloween tradition to watch this.  Personally, I would have loved it had the tradition of Halloween movies continued as Carpenter envisioned.  I rate this 8.5/10.
Base Points: 2
Total Points: 2

 

71. Trick ‘r Treat (2007) 82m BluRay

This is also a tradition, albeit a newer one.  Really hope there is another installment of this as well.  I rate this 9/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points:3 If what you’re watching features a Vampire (1), Shape Shifter (1) or a Golem; An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa.
Total Points: 5

33.   Prometheus (2012) 124m BluRay
Stunningly beautiful movie. I really liked this, even though I heard mixed reviews. I rate this a 9/10.
Base Points: 2
Total Points: 2

34.   Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995) 96m DVD
This may have come out in 1995, but it is a throwback to the Kaiju glory days as Gamera battles
Gyaos.  I rate this 7.5/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 2 If Man in Suit/Kaiju, Stop Animation or Practical Puppet FX Monsters fight each other (Gamera vs Gyaos); If a Monster destroys a specific real life city or landmark (pick a city in Japan, they probably destroyed it)
Total Points: 4
35.   The Walking Dead – Beside the Dying Fire S2E13 60m Streaming
Had to rewatch this prior to the season premier. Count me as one of the people that love this show.  I rate it 9/10.
Base Points: 1
Total Points: 1
36.   Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) 95m DVD
One of my favorite Naschy flicks so far.  Great, gothic atmosphere.  I rate this a 8/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 2 If what you’re watching features a Vampire (1), Shape Shifter or a Golem; A Castle or Mansion lit by a Full Moon, A Revolving Bookshelf/Wall Trap Door, An Insane Asylum, A Secret Island Fortress or an Underground City or Lair.
Total Points: 4
37.   The Walking Dead – Seed S3E1 60m Streaming
Just what I expected from the premier at the prison. Some amazing zombie kills throughout.  I rate it 9/10.
Base Points: 1
Total Points: 1

38.   Supernatural – Family Matters S6E7 60m Streaming
Base Points: 1
Bonus Points: 1 If what you’re watching features a Vampire (1), Shape Shifter or a Golem – Sam and Dean battle a vampire
Total Points: 2
39.   The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) 79m DVD
A classic with some great underwater scenes. I rate this a 9/10
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 1 What you’re watching is from 1959 or Earlier.
Total Points: 3
40.   Friday the 13th (1980) 95m BluRay
An absolute classic even though it doesn’t fit into this years theme.  I rate this 9/10/
Base Points: 2
No Bonus Points
Total Points: 2
41.   Nosferatu (1922) 81m Streaming
Amazing visuals for something 90 years old.  The Vampire still looks great today. I rate this a 9.5/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: Auto Triple Bonus: If it’s 1929 or Earlier AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS
Total Points: 6
42.   The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) 67m Streaming
While this isn’t as high up on my list as Nosferatu, it’s still very good. I rate this 8/10
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: Auto Triple Bonus: If it’s 1929 or Earlier AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS
Total Points: 6
43.   Dracula (1931) 75m Streaming
Another true classic! Although I love this, I prefer Frankenstein, which was released the same year.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: Auto Triple Bonus: If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!!
Total Points: 6
44.   From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) 88m Streaming
Nowhere near as good as the original, but I still enjoyed the patched together cast and a brief appearance by Danny Trejo.  I rate this a 6.5/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: Auto Triple Bonus: Vampire to Bat AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!
Total Points: 6
45.   Blade II (2002) 117m DVD
Totally forgot Reedus was in this! Pretty cool sequel, and I dig the Reapers design.  I rate this 7.5/10
Base Points: 2
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onus Points: 3 If what you’re watching features a Vampire (1), Shape Shifter or a Golem; An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa; Tidy Monsters!
Total Points: 5
46.   From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter (1999) 94m Streaming
Was surprised at how much I liked this, but after seeing Red State, I’m a sucker for Michael Parks.  I rate this 7/10
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 3 If what you’re watching features a Vampire (1), Shape Shifter or a Golem; An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa; A Castle or Mansion lit by a Full Moon, A Revolving Bookshelf/Wall Trap Door, An Insane Asylum, A Secret Island Fortress or an Underground City or Lair.
Total Points: 5
47.   Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein (1948) 83m Streaming
A light hearted classic featuring Chaney and Lugosi in their iconic roles and Glenn Strange as the Monster.  I rate this 8/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: There are tons of bonus points here, with at least three auto triples, but I’ll go with Dracula being in it.
Total Points: 6
48.   Carrie (1976) 98m BluRay
This movie is more disturbing every time I watch it. I rate this an 8/10.
Base Points: 2
Total Points: 2
49.   Blade: Trinity (2005) 113m (theatrical version) DVD
A lot of star power was added, but the third installment was a step back for me. I rate this a 7/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points:If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!!
Total Points: 6
50.   King Kong (2005) 187m – DVD
While technically superior to earlier versions, I still prefer the original.  I rate this 8/10.
Base Points: 3 (due to run time)
Bonus Points: 2 If a Monster destroys a specific real life city or landmark (New York City); A Castle or Mansion lit by a Full Moon, A Revolving Bookshelf/Wall Trap Door, An Insane Asylum, A Secret Island Fortress ( The Skull Island Native complex) or an Underground City or Lair.
Total Points: 5
51.   Monster Squad – Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow
Alamo Drafthouse is presenting a childhood favorite of mine at a park, complete with costume contests and plenty of games.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!!
Extra Points: 2 Outdoor Event
Total Points: 8

52.   Innocent Blood (1992) 113m DVD
I’m not sure why this doesn’t get more love, but I really enjoy it.  I rate this a 8/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!! (The police officers in the hotel are watching The Horror of Dracula during the climactic battle between Dracula and Van Helsing)
Total Points: 6

The Madness is an annual gathering of horror aficianados as they attempt to watch an unhealthy amount of horror related movies and television shows through the holiday season. Here are my week 2 viewings.

20.   The Brides of Dracula (1960) 85m – DVD
Initial Viewing – Good, but not great sequel to The Horror of Dracula.  I would have liked to have seen Christopher Lee return. I rate this 7/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: Automatic Triple Bonus: Vampire to Bat on screen transformation
Total Points: 6
21.   Supernatural – Live Free or Twihard (Season 6, Episode 5) 60m – Streaming
Initial Viewing – Timely episode for The Madness.  Love this show and thought the jab at Twilight was fantastic. I rate the show 8.5/10.
Base Points: 1
Bonus Points: 1 If what you’re watching features a Vampire (1), Shape Shifter or a Golem
Total Points: 2

 

22.   The Howling (1981) 91m DVD
Repeat Viewing  – Very good werewolf flick that was overshadowed by An American Werewolf coming out the same year.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 2  If what you’re watching features a Vampire, Shape Shifter (1) or a Golem; An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa (several to choose from)
Total Points: 4

 

23.   The Dracula Saga (1973) 90m DVD
Repeat Viewing – This Spanish release doesn’t have the flair of a Naschy release and was a bit of a chore to sit through.  I rate this 5.5/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points:
Triple Bonus: If ANY FILM features the Character DRACULA, AUTOMATIC TRIPLE BONUS!!
Total Points: 6
24.   Ginger Snaps (2000) 108m – DVD
Repeat Viewing – Really like this Canadian offering.  I rate this 8/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 2 If what you’re watching features a Vampire, Shape Shifter (1) or a Golem; An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa
Total Points: 4
25.   Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004) 93m – DVD
Repeat Viewing – W/10.hile not nearly as fun as the first movie, Unleashed holds its own. I rate this a 7/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 2 If what you’re watching features a Vampire, Shape Shifter (1) or a Golem; An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa
Total Points: 4
26.   Requiem for a Vampire (1971) 95m Streaming
Initial Viewing – Jean Rollin sure likes his boobies – not sure about his movies yet though. More research is needed. I rate this a 6/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 2 If what you’re watching features a Vampire (1), Shape Shifter or a Golem; A Castle or Mansion lit by a Full Moon, A Revolving Bookshelf/Wall Trap Door, An Insane Asylum, A Secret Island Fortress or an Underground City or Lair.
Total Points: 4
27.   Troll (1986) 82m Streaming
Initial Viewing – More fantasy than horror, but still a pretty cool movie.  I’m not sure how this escaped me growing up. I rate this a 7/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 2 An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa (Humans to monsters) If Man in Suit/Kaiju, Stop Animation or Practical Puppet FX Monsters fight each other (Troll versus monster at the end)
Total Points: 4
28.   [REC] (2007) 78m
Reviewed on Cenobite Me – This gets my vote for best handheld cam movie! I rate this a 9/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 0
Total Points: 2
29.   [REC] 2
Reviewed on Cenobite Me – Different twist on the first movie – still pretty good though. I rate this a 7.5/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 0
Total Points: 2
30.   Supernatural – You Can’t Handle the Truth (Season 6, Episode 6) 60m – Streaming
I love how Supernatural jumps all over the place when it comes to different religions, myths and folklore.
Base Points: 1
Total Points: 1
31.   Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood (1996) 87m – DVD
Not as good as Demon Knight, but still enjoyable.  I would like to see them do more CryptKeeper Features. I rate this a 6.5/10.
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 3 If what you’re watching features a Vampire (1), Shape Shifter or a Golem; If the film you’re watching is Horror Hosted (CryptKeeper); A Revolving Bookshelf/Wall Trap Door (Secret Entrance to the Bordello)
Total Points: 5
32.   Blade (1998) 120m – DVD
I really like this adaptation of the Marvel character.  I rate this a 7.5/10
Base Points: 2
Bonus Points: 3 If what you’re watching features a Vampire (1), Shape Shifter or a Golem; An ON CAMERA transformation from Humanoid to Animal or Monster, Vice Versa (several transformations into vampires); Tidy Monsters!
Total Points: 5

Mic Check!

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Opinions

What a month it has been, not for movie reviews, but just in general.  I’ve started a new job and decided to finish up the last couple of classes for my degree.  I’ve had very little time to write reviews and even less energy.  With that being said, the new job is starting to slow down some, so it’s time to get some damn reviews written and some more genre flicks watched.  Watch for more review in the near future!