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The VIDEO NASTIES LIST

Movies previously or still 'banned'

1983


The DPP list of 'video nasties' was first made public in June 1983.
The list was modified monthly as prosecutions failed or were dropped. In total, 72 separate films appeared on the list at one time or another.
Thirty-nine films were successfully prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act but some of these films have been subsequently cut and then approved for release by the BBFC.
The remaining 35 were either not prosecuted or had unsuccessful prosecutions.

A number of films spent a short time on this list because their prosecutions failed shortly after publication or because it was decided that prosecution was not worth pursuing.
Ultimately, the list became obsolete when the Video Recordings Act came into force, and since 2001, several of the films have been released uncut.
In the majority of cases below where cuts were made, they were scenes of real-life animal cruelty and/or excessive violence to women, both of which are still regarded with some degree of severity by the BBFC.

the list:
Absurd (1981)
- released with 2m 32s cut in 1983, but was withdrawn post VRA, and has never been re-submitted for classification. Has a release in the United States uncut under the title "Horrible".
Anthropophagous (1980)
- released with approximately 3m of pre-cuts as "The Grim Reaper" in 2002.
Axe! (1977)
- re-released uncut in 2005.
La Bestia in Calore (1977)
- Banned outright.
The Beyond (1981)
- re-released uncut in 2001.
Blood Feast (1963)
- re-released uncut in 2005.
Blood Rites (1968)
- Banned outright.
Bloody Moon (1981)
- released with 1m 20s cut in 1993, released uncut November 2008.
Boogeyman (1980)
- re-released uncut in 2000.
The Burning (1980)
- re-released uncut in 2001.
Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)
- released with 2s cut in 2005.
Cannibal Ferox (1980)
- released with approximately 5m of pre-cuts plus 6s of additional cuts in 2000.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
- released in 2001 with 5m 44s cut to remove most animal cruelty and rape scenes.
The Cannibal Man (1972)
- released with 3s cut in 1993.
Cannibal Terror (1981)
- released uncut in 2003.
Contamination (1981)
- released uncut in 2004 with a 15 rating.
Dead & Buried (1981)
- re-released uncut in 2004.
Death Trap (1977)
- re-released uncut in 2000.
Deep River Savages (1972)
- released with 3m 45s cut in 2003.
Delirium (1979)
- released with 16s cut in 1987.
The Devil Hunter (1980)
- Passed uncut November 2008.
Don't Go In The House (1980)
- released with 3m 7s cut in 1987.
Don't Go In The Woods (1981)
- released uncut in 2007.
Don't Go Near The Park (1981)
- released uncut in 2006.
Don't Look In The Basement (1973)
- released uncut in 2005 with a 15 rating.
The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1981)
- re-released with 10s cut in 2001.
The Driller Killer (1979)
- released with cuts in 1999 - re-released uncut in 2002.
The Evil Dead (1982)
- re-released uncut in 2001.
Evilspeak (1981)
- re-released uncut in 1999.
Exposé (1976)
- re-released with approximately 30 seconds cut in 2006.
Faces Of Death (1978)
- released with 2m 19s cut in 2003.
Fight For Your Life (1977)
- Banned outright.
Flesh For Frankenstein (1974)
- re-released uncut in 2006.
Toxic Zombies (1980)
- Banned outright.
Frozen Scream (1975)
- Banned outright.
The Funhouse (1981)
- Released uncut in 1987, re-classified 15 in 2007.
Gestapo's Last Orgy (1977)
- Banned outright.
The House By The Cemetery (1981)
- re-released with 33 seconds cut in 2001, released uncut in 2009.
The House On The Edge Of The Park (1980)
- released with 11 minutes 43 sesconds cut in 2002.
Human Experiments (1980)
- released with 26 seconds cut in 1994.
I Miss You, Hugs And Kisses (1978)
- released with 1 minute 6 seconds cut in 1986.
I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
- released with 7 minutes 2 seconds cut in 2001.
Inferno (1980)
- re-released with 20 seconds cut in 1993 - re-released uncut in September, 2010.
Island of Death (1975)
- released uncut September, 2010.
Killer Nun (1978)
- re-released uncut in 2006.
The Last House On The Left (1972)
- passed uncut on the 17th March, 2008.
Late Night Trains (1975)
- released uncut in 2008.
Living Dead At Manchester Morgue (1974)
- released uncut in 2002.
Love Camp 7 (1969)
- refused a certificate in 2002; Banned outright.
There Was a Little Girl (1981)
- released uncut in 2004.
Mardi Gras Massacre (1978)
- Banned outright.
Night of the Bloody Apes (1970)
- released with approximately 1m of pre-cuts in 1999.
Night of the Demon (1980)
- released with 1 minute 41 seconds cut in 1994.
Nightmare Maker (1983)
- Banned outright.
Nightmare in a Damaged Brain (1981)
- re-released with pre-cuts in 2005.
Possession (1981)
- released uncut in 1999.
Prisoner of the Cannibal God (1978)
- released with 2 minutes 6 seconds cut in 2001.
Revenge of the Bogey Man (1983)
- released with additional footage in 2003.
The Slayer (1983)
- re-released uncut in 2001.
Snuff (1976)
- Passed uncut in 2003, however it has not yet been re-released.
SS Experiment Camp (1976)
- released uncut in 2005.
Tenebrae (1982)
- re-released uncut in 2003.
Terror Eyes (1981)
- released with 1 minute 16 seconds cut in 1987.
The Toolbox Murders (1978)
- released with 1 minute 46 seconds cut in 2000.
Twitch Of The Death Nerve (1971)
- released uncut in 2010.
Unhinged (1982)
- released uncut in 2004.
Visiting Hours (1982)
- released with approximately 2 minutes cut in 1986.
The Werewolf and the Yeti (1975)
- Banned outright.
The Witch Who Came From The Sea (1976)
- released uncut in 2006.
Women Behind Bars (1975)
- Banned outright.
Zombie Creeping Flesh (1980)
- released uncut in 2002.
Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)
- re-released uncut in 2005.

Although commonly thought of as part of the DPP list, the following two titles never actually appeared on any government list:
Shogun Assassin (1981)
- re-released uncut in 1999.
Xtro (1983)
- released uncut in 1987, re-classified 15 in 2007; it was a common title seized during police raids in the North of England prior to the official list being published.
The Last House On Dead End Street (1977), also known as The Fun House, was confused with Tobe Hooper's similarly titled film The Funhouse (1981) and avoided being placed on the list.

Breakdown of the list of these films:
•39 have been released uncut.
•23 have been released cut.
•1 has been released with additional footage.
•11 are banned in the UK because they have not yet been resubmitted for classification by any distributors or been rejected for classification.
Unless noted otherwise, all films that have been released have been rated 18. Also note that a large number of these movies caused additional controversy with the cover art of the original big box releases seen in the video shops of the early 1980s.

Films banned by the BBFC but not classed as Video Nasties:
The Exorcist (1973) (commonly said to have banned around the same period as video nasties, this is actually untrue as the studio decided not to push for UK release following the 1984 act.)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) was passed uncut with an 18 certificate in 1999.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) was originally never submitted for a certificate. It was submitted and passed uncut with an 18 certificate on January 22, 2010.
Straw Dogs (1971) was banned around the video nasty period but not actually included on the list. It was re-released in 1995 partially cut with it finally being released uncut in 2002.
The New York Ripper (1982) was banned outright in 1982 until it was released with cuts in 1997.
Mikey (1992) is still banned.
Maniac (1980) was passed with cuts on May 29, 2002.

Other Films grouped with Video Nasties
It is often mistaken that Stanley Kubrick's film adaption of A Clockwork Orange (1971)
was banned by the BBFC. It was actually Kubrick himself who decided to withdraw the film from exhibition in the UK after reports of copycat behavior. The film was eventually released uncut in the UK shortly after the death of Kubrick in 1999.

The British film Scum (1979) has a tagline "The film they tried to ban". The original TV film was made by the BBC, but they later decided not to broadcast it owing to the violence and suicides in the film. It was quickly remade by most of the original production team and released in cinemas, it was released on VHS at the height of the Video Nasties controversy and quickly became associated with them in the media.

*Source of information: Wikipedia.

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