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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more! The follow up to the ground breaking Video Nasties the Definitive Guide, produced by Nucleus Films, is coming out in the US next month. In addition to the original 81 condemned films on Thatcher’s scandalous banned list in early 80s Britain, a further 82 films fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Titles on this ’Section 3' list include cult classics and sordid obscurities like Blood Lust, Cannibal, Enter the Devil, The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein, The Executioner, Headless Eyes, Hell Prison, Honeymoon Horror, Mad Foxes, Massacre Mansion, Pigs, Savage Terror, Scream for Vengeance and Suicide Cult.

A brand new feature length documentary - Video Nasties: Draconian Days, directed by Jake West (Evil Aliens, Doghouse), kicks off a multi-hour, three disc odyssey through the list featuring trailers for all 82 “Section 3” films along with specially filmed intros for each title.

“I see ‘Draconian Days’ as a companion piece and a direct continuation of the fascinating history of Video Nasties, which I started in the last Documentary “Moral Panic, Video Nasties and Videotape” Says West. "This one picks up the story from the passing of the Video Recordings act 1984 and the effect it had on censorship under James Ferman’s rule at the BBFC up until 1999. This and the further moral panic that ensued, together with the impact of the Hungerford  Massacre, the Bulger Child Murder and David Alton’s notorious Amendment that would have banned all films above PG created a strange situation for the horror fan."

"I was a teenager in the 80s, I grew-up with the Video Nasties – trying to get hold of them and watch them,” he recalls. “It could take us years and years to find a film that we were interested in, and certainly that created the whole underground horror scene and a camaraderie was born. I was very influenced by Video Nasties in terms of wanting to make gory, fun horror movies, because we felt like there was some kind of danger or subversive feel to that material which we were growing up with.”

Producer Marc Morris, co-author of ‘Art of the Nasty’ and ‘Shock Horror: Astounding Artwork from the Video Nasty Era’ added:

I too remember this time, and how renting horror videos was a frustrating experience. I became part of the underground tape trading network, and travelled abroad to import my own uncut horror videos. I attended film fairs, horror film festivals and have a lot of scary memories of those days. We feel this documentary pays tribute to those days. We’ve been working on this this amazing follow-up box set for over two years. We know collectors won’t want to miss it.

Video Nasties: Draconian Days premiered to great acclaim at the 2014 Glasgow Film Festival, as part of Film4 FrightFest.

Disc One: “Video Nasties: Draconian Days”

Nucleus Films' critically acclaimed follow-up documentary to 'Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape' (2010) from director Jake West and producer Marc Morris who continue to uncover the shocking story of home entertainment following the introduction of the 1984 Video Recordings Act. The United Kingdom was plunged into a new Dark Age of the most restrictive censorship, where the horror movie became the bloody eviscerated victim of continuing dread created by self-aggrandizing moral guardians, and the film charts the consequences of this, including subversive social culture that sprung up around it. With fascinating interviews from filmmakers, fans and critics and more jaw dropping archive footage, get ready to reflect and rejoice on the passing of a turbulent time.

Discs Two and Three: "The Section 3 List"

This presents the official additional 82 titles that were designated under "Section 3" of the Obscene Publications Act by the Director of Public Prosecutions. These titles were liable for seizure and forfeiture by the police, removed from sale or hire and then destroyed; although they were not ultimately prosecuted. This gob-smacking list was discovered whilst researching legal paperwork for the original "Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide" and finally clears up why so many additional titles were historically considered to be "Video Nasties”.

Every shocking Section 3 title is presented with its original trailer and a newly filmed featurette that includes a wide range of notable genre journalists and acclaimed media academics including Kim Newman, Alan Jones, and Stephen Thrower, exploring and uncovering  the sordid history of each release.

DVD Extras include a gallery of original video poster art and a lurid peek back at Britain’s underground fanzine scene which sprung up during the 80s and 90s.

Video Nasties Trailer


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