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Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape
72 films that changed Britain forever.
A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s.
"I believe research is taking place and it will show that these films not only affect young people, but they affect dogs as well."
Graham Bright MP
To avoid fainting, keep repeating:
They're only politicians
A superb and brilliantly edited documentary about the early 1980s video nasties "panic" which is admirably only concerned with one, less-frequently discussed, aspect: the legal side, which resulted in retailers being arrested and the BBFC taking on a huge new role. The usual suspects crop up as talking heads - Kim Newman, Geoffrey Robertson QC, Allan Bryce - but most significant are the interviews with hateful former MP Graham Bright, who still believes that he was doing the right thing, and Martin Barker, the media studies professor who's as passionate and pissed off as he ever was about the whole ridiculous affair.
Quite simply one of the very best documentaries about films that I have seen, and in so many ways, too.
It's by no means a balanced documentary - it is largely a polemic piece that casts deserved derision on people such as Mary Whitehouse and former MP Graham Bright, two of the main driving forces behind the Video Recordings Act of 1984. But it IS one that does affors Bright the opportunity to have his say and even, frustratingly, falls short of questioning him further regarding his proven lies about his purported research at the time.
But balance isn't really supposed to be the point of Jake West's eye-opening documentary anyway. It is more of retelling of one of the…
Essential for any film obsessive like myself. Jake West's beloved documentary is tirelessly informative with great interviews and archive footage that lays bare the preposterousness of the DPP's "video nasty" list and the 1984 Video Recording Act which ignited hysteria through the veins of working class society, the media, and politicians in Britain during the 80's.
Nostalgic, relevant, and satisfyingly enjoyable. Take note though, to fully appreciate the documentary you MUST purchase it as part of the 3-disc extravaganza, Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide. A 13 and a half hour journey through the entire 72 films that appeared on the notorious list added with their original trailers and introductions from the like of Kim Newman and Neil Marshall.
It will consume your social life but it's ever so worth it.
Busybodies can be just the worst. You know? Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape tells the story of a wave of cinema censorship which swept through the UK in the 80's. Films which an omnipotent law-enforcement committee found to be objectionable (primarily for graphic violence) were confiscated from stores and summarily burnt; The proprietors of the video stores suffered steep fines and sometimes imprisonment. Of course it was all done to "protect the children" (and in one report - the dogs). This documentary presents interviews with politicians, free-speech advocates, industry professionals and those affected in one way or another by the ban. The coverage seems fair, and the impression I got was that the government and police departments believed they…
The people vs. Video Nasties!!!
Grata sorpresa ha sido este documental (rodado, editado y dirigido por Jake West) con la historia de los videocasetes "nasties" y toda la histeria colectiva que desató su prohibición en el Reino Unido (desde finales de los 70s y hasta inicio de los 90s).
La lista que se comenta llegó a 72 títulos obligó a las autoridades censoras a iniciar una persecución a los video-clubes. Aquí comenzó el caos, puesto que al tratarse de un tema inédito se hizo difícil de manejar métodos y puntualizar clasificaciones. El procedimiento logró dibujar a la ley como un ente inquisidor y las incautaciones eran arbitrarias.
Esto es material ESENCIAL para todos los fans de terror. Sin preocuparse por…
Excerpt from FrightFest 2010 diaries first published by Little White Lies
Normally the news of another film by Jake West, director of Razor Blade Smile, Evil Aliens and Doghouse, would be accompanied by a general shrug of low expectations, but Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape is both very well made and, more importantly, very well timed. This hour-long documentary traces how the unprecedented freedoms in film viewing brought about by the home video revolution of the early '80s soon led to an irrational and ill-informed backlash by the press, religious campaigning groups and politicians, until eventually a long list of so-called 'video nasties' was banned and a system of compulsory classification for videos was established, changing forever the…
Oh those Video Nasties!
I never get tired of these documentaries on exploitation films. My zeal for the subject matter had me giving it five stars the last time I reviewed it, and though I do still really enjoy the doc, it was more of a reasonable four stars this time.
I would have loved for them to delve into the movies a little more, but that would stray from the focus of the film - a look at the British governments (over)reaction to violence, gore and sex in movies.
Did you know that tits and fake blood even affect the mental wellbeing of dogs?
If not for the bevvy of special features and trailer-packed discs two and three, this fairly short (72 minutes) documentary on the "Video Nasties" feels a little light-weight.
It's not bad at all, and features some great interviews, but just don't expect it to be thoroughly engrossing or presented in any way other than workmanlike. Coming from Jake West, I would have expected a bit more pizazz to the documentary, but there's still a lot here of interest.
If you've already got some general knowledge about the era, there might not be a ton of shocking revelations (outside of a bit where they claim these movies could also be mentally detrimental to dogs!) but it's worth a purchase, even for the aforementioned trailer-packages and special features.
Take notes while watching this docu and you may just find a new movie to add to your list of favorites.
Even though I've seen this before, it still amazes me that this kind of thing happens...and probably still does but we just don't know about it. Really a scary time.
Incredible documentary need to see the follow up
Still good a second time around. It's just really shocking that such views about, at time pretty mild horror films, were around and at times, still are. The quote about the films being harmful to not just humans, but dogs as well, should have just destroyed any credibility the government had.
The film it's self is well made though I would have liked to have seen the talking head to have been shot in some different locations. As impressive as Marc Morris' collection is, it does make the look of the film a bit samey after a while. Also on this watch, I noticed Christopher Smith, director of Severance and Creep, talking about Unhinged in a way that makes it…
A fairly concise overview of the era of VHS and censorship in England. A well organized and entertaining exploration of the political climate these "extreme" films were being released, and why they gathered so much negative attention.
At roughly 70 minutes, the doc ends at a perfect time, allowing everything to be engaging and interesting without rehashing the same points or wearing out it's welcome.
A solid watch.
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