The history of movies has also been the history or moral panics about movies. One of the most notorious of all these moral panics erupted in Britain in the early 1980s - the infamous Video Nasties scare. This led to a major censorship crackdown on home video releases in the UK, in the form of the Video Recordings Act of 1984.
Attempts were made to ban 72 films, and 39 films
were eventually banned. Most have now been released, many in uncut form.
I've seen The Beyond
, Don't Look in the Basement
(a terrific little movie and why it was ever considered a video nasty is a mystery), Flesh for Frankenstein
(one of my all-time favourite movies), I Spit on Your Grave
(an overrated Dario Argento giallo), Inferno
(one of Argento's better efforts), and Twitch of the Death Nerve
(which I consider to be Mario Bava's worst film).
So that's seven out of 39. How many have you seen?