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Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005)

An in-depth analysis of the "Video Nasty" scandal of the early 1980s in Britain.

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David Gregory

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David Gregory
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Chris Theobald Chris Theobald ... Narrator (voice)
Norman Abbott Norman Abbott ... Himself
Barrie Gold Barrie Gold ... Himself
Bill Best Bill Best ... Himself
Mo Claridge Mo Claridge ... Himself
S.R. Doshi S.R. Doshi ... Himself
David Mellor David Mellor ... Himself
James Ferman James Ferman ... Himself
Stephen Woolley ... Himself
Bob Lewis Bob Lewis ... Himself
Julian Petley ... Himself
Mary Whitehouse ... Herself
Austin Mitchell ... Himself (as Austin Mitchell MP)
John Beyer John Beyer ... Himself
Derek Malcolm Derek Malcolm ... Himself
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An in-depth analysis of the "Video Nasty" scandal of the early 1980s in Britain.

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September 2005 (UK) See more »

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Jesus Franco: It's so stupid. What's the use? Who does it help? It's based on a puritanical, inherited, old world Christianity...
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References Homebodies (1974) See more »

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Nice Documentary
4 January 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Very good documentary from David Gregory taking a look at the 1980s in Britain as the start of the decade saw a major boom in the video rental market. A lot of the biggest renters were horror movies like CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, EATEN ALIVE, THE DRILLER KILLER and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. The problem is that the moral police started to think that these movies were going to damage those watching them so a push was made to get movies like these banned or at least censored to the point where there would be no reason to watch them.

BAN THE SADIST VIDEOS! is a very good documentary that horror fans are really going to enjoy. It's also safe to say that they're going to be enraged by some of the archival interviews where people claim that if you watch this type of stuff you're going to pretty much turn into a raving killer yourself. American horror films had issues with the MPAA and various women's rights groups but there's no doubt that the BBFC took things a bit further by banning movies and in some cases people getting send to jail for showing the films. The documentary does an extremely good job at explaining how all of this happened and why the moral police were so worried about certain titles.


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