Screamish Presents

VIDEO NASTIES!

A collection of films associated with a period of moral panic in 1980'S Britain, 'Video Nasties' were seized, censored or outright banned during the boom of VHS cassettes. Now, these forgotten films wear the badge with honour and we've chosen some of the best Nasties to share with you!

Don't Go In The House (1979)

Don’t Go Into The House (1979): Video Nasties Review

Late 70's slasher swaps the axe for arson in a rare genre flick for grindhouse fans

Late 70’s slasher ‘Don’t Go In The House‘ is a pull-no-punches grind-house horror film that’s got just enough originality to keep genre fans entertained and enough violence to become one of the infamous ‘Video Nasties‘ banned in the UK on home video. Director and co-writer Joseph Ellison puts a pyromaniac in place of an axe-wielding psycho and amps the creep...
Xtro (1982)

XTRO (1982): Video Nasties Review

Classic 80s Video Nasty melds body horror with a surreal psychedelic flare in a grim and gory genre gem.

“Innovative, disgusting and nihilistic” are words fit to describe XTRO, a 1982 sci-fi horror gem written and directed by Harry Bromley Davenport. This movie defies all ‘rules’ – and since it’s release has grown a cult following. XTRO may be morbid, upsetting and downright wrong on so many levels, but it’s a bona-fide original, and something I can safely say...
City Of The Living Dead (Gates oF Hell) 1980

City Of The Living Dead (1980): Video Nasties Review

Director Lucio Fulci's Heavily Censored Horror Film Is a Ridiculous, and Ridiculously Entertaining, Ode to 1980's Italian Excess

One way to look at Italian Director Lucio Fulci‘s 1980 Gore-fest “City Of The Living Dead” (aka The Gates Of Hell) is that it’s boldly going beyond the classical narratives of other horror films, abandoning logic in favour of a delirious, dreamlike mode of storytelling which stresses psychedelic visuals, technicolour surrealism and loads of Italian fog-machine atmosphere…the other is that...
The Funhouse (1981)

The Funhouse (1981): Video Nasties Review

Legendary Director Tobe Hooper's Overlooked Slasher Hits All The Right Notes As One Of The 80s Better Genre Entries

The late, great horror Director Tobe Hooper‘s 1981 film “The Funhouse” likely won’t be remembered as a classic of the genre, but it deserves better than to be forgotten. One of Hooper’s most coherent films, it entertains the audience with a well paced, albeit threadbare, plot, some great kills and camera work, and pulls off the Joe Bob Briggs triple...
Xtro (1982)

XTRO (1982): Video Nasties Review

Classic 80s Video Nasty melds body horror with a surreal psychedelic flare in a grim and gory genre gem.

“Innovative, disgusting and nihilistic” are words fit to describe XTRO, a 1982...
The Funhouse (1981)

The Funhouse (1981): Video Nasties Review

Legendary Director Tobe Hooper's Overlooked Slasher Hits All The Right Notes As One Of The 80s Better Genre Entries

The late, great horror Director Tobe Hooper‘s 1981 film “The Funhouse” likely...
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