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

Evil Aliens director Jake West takes a break from making his own gory creature features to examine the wave of boundary-pushing genre films banned by Britain's Director of Public Prosecutions in the early 1980s, and the public scandal… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 18, 2010
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Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anton Bitel
Film Divider

to know what those cowboy days of unregulated video were like... just look at the world wide web, whose content the state would no doubt also like to control and classify, if only it could afford to employ another billion or so examiners

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

expos[es] the motivations behind their banning as at best small-minded patrician stupidity and at worst a Thatcherite conspiracy to distract from governmental inadequacies, erode civil liberties and strip away judicial powers.

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Henry Northmore
The List

The assembled interviews give some interesting, considered perspectives from both sides.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Hilariously opening with a rapid, context-free montage of the nastiest scenes from each and every banned title, West's film defies its viewers to be corrupted and depraved by this sensational parade of grand guignol

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Flixster User Reviews
A.D. Villarreal
An in-depth, eye opening look at the witch-hunt of horror movies during the early 80's in England. Some of it made me laugh (horror films affect not only… More
Ed Fucking Harris
A good doc about the video nasties scare in Britain spear headed by the miserable cunt Mary Whitehouse and her cronies, goons, minions.... whatever. Basically… More
Adam M.
Brilliant documentary about the Video Nasties era of the 80's. In mid-80's Britain, when Margaret Thatcher was priminister and there was a recession n… More