A Robot’s Guide to the Video Nasty…

And it’s time for Ro-bert’s Corner:

Hello Everyone! Ro-bert M. Verbot here and today I am here to talk about one of my  favorite subjects: Movies from the Video Nasty Era. During the early half of the 1980’s in the United Kingdom there were a bunch of movies that were considered really offensive and violent by bunch of a uppity people and religious groups. So they made a list of 72 films that were in violation of a something call the Obscene Publications Act 1959. Which basically meant that any kind of  material that the government consider improper (ie… anything with boobs, naked butts, gore, violence, and/or sexual) went to a review board to see if it was ok for the public to have.  For movies it was something called the Video Recordings Act (1984) which meant movies had to go into certain categories after being heavily reviewed and approved by those boards and if those movies did not fit in to any of those categories then it was illegal to sell or own those movies. Which stinks because I think a lot of movies on the list are awesome!



In June 1983 the first list of video nasties (39 titles) was made known to the masses. The movies on the list got in big trouble and were prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act; which resulted these movies to become heavily edited or just banned throughout the United Kingdom.  Which means it was impossible to buy or rent a copy ( I cannot imagine what my robot life would be like if I could not rent or buy movies like The Deadly Spawn!) It also caused some people to go to jail or go into debt because they were massively hit with fines for wanting to sell and/or rent horror movies!

The book I have next to me have really cool posters of the first 39 films that were on the list:


(Look how badass that Blood Bath poster is!  Small side note: The Beyond is one of Clarissa’s favorite movies.)

I did not know much about the Video Nasty Era until Clarissa showed me these two documentaries:


I recommend both of these documentaries because it taught me a lot about these movies. It is chalk full of information and the interviews on it are great. They even have trailers for all of the Video Nasty movies. After watching these two docs I have made a long list of  movies to watch.


Here are some movies I have watched so far from the full 72 Video Nasties list. I want to try and watch all of the movies from the list this year. But the two movies pictured next to me below are probably my favorite so far from the list.


What is your favorite movie from the Video Nasty Era?

What movie do you want to watch from the list?

My top five are:

The Love Butcher

Mardi Gras Massacre

The Werewolf and the Yeti


Nightmares in a Damaged Brain


This is Ro-Bert M. Verbot saying until next time! (*Beep* Boop*)





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