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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide - New Trailer
By James Whittington, Tuesday 12th October 2010

Video Nasties A Definitive Guide CoverPrepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films is geared up to release the anticipated DVD, Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide on November 1st. This three-disc set covers one of the most extraordinary eras in the history of British film and for the first time ever on DVD, all 72 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are featured with specially filmed intros for each title. Some of the movies covered, such as Toolbox Murders and I Spit On Your Grave have been shown on the Horror Channel. The set also comes with a brand new documentary - Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape, directed by Jake ‘Doghouse’ West.

Producer Marc Morris, co-author of Art of the Nasty and Shock Horror: Astounding Artwork from the Video Nasty Era comments: “Hopefully, every true movie fan will want this in their collection”.

Disc One presents the 39 titles which were successfully prosecuted in UK courts and deemed liable to deprave and corrupt. These included: Absurd, Cannibal Holocaust, The Driller Killer, I Spit On Your Grave, Nightmares In A Damaged Brain, Snuff and Zombie Flesh-Eaters.

Disc Two presents the 33 titles that were initially banned, but then subsequently acquitted and removed from the DPP's list. These included: Death Trap, Deep River Savages, The Evil Dead, Human Experiments, The Toolbox Murders and Zombie Creeping Flesh.

Both discs can be viewed either as a non-stop trailer show, or with newly-filmed introductions from a wide range of acclaimed media academics and notable genre journalists. Each disc is preceded by a brief introduction by Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth.

Disc Three contain an era-defining documentary that features interviews with filmmakers Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust) Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday), Christopher Smith (Severance, Black Death) and MP Graham Bright as well as rare archive footage featuring James Ferman (director of the BBFC 1975-1999) and Mary Whitehouse. Taking in the explosion of home video, the erosion of civil liberties, the introduction of draconian censorship measures, hysterical press campaigns and the birth of many careers born in blood and videotape, West’s documentary also reflects on the influence this peculiar era still exerts on us today.

Extras include a gallery of original video company idents and extensive gallery of lurid cover art for every video nasty.

Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide hits stores on DVD November 1st from Nucleus Films.

For an interview with director Jake West click here

For an interview about censorship with Allan Bryce click here.


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