10 Most Woefully Lame Video Nasties

And the banned played on

Picking out the lamest video nasties is not the hardest thing in the world to do. In fact, looking down the list of the 72 banned films, there is an embarrassment of riches. For every Cannibal Holocaust, there is a Terror Eyes; for every Last House on the Left, there is Human Experiments. It is amazing to think that a bunch of exploitative, distasteful horror movies were so feared by the British establishment back in the early 1980s. In fact, they shot themselves in the foot when they made a list of 72 movies that were deemed to be too disgusting for the British public to feast their eyes upon. They made cult collector's items out of movies that would never have gained any attention had they not been banned. The video nasty black market that operated between the 1980s and 1990s venerated banned films and, for example, rare copies of lamentable Nazisploitation movie The Beast in Heat sold for stupid amounts of money. To be part of that scene was great fun, even if it entailed watching sixth generation VHS bootlegged tapes. This just added to the forbidden nature of the material. However, to be a video nasty viewer engendered a lot of disappointment and bewilderment too, especially if the collector got their hands on one of the below movies expecting a good viewing experience. These films are all uniformly rubbish and did not deserve video nasty status - they represent the dregs of the 72 DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) list and, indeed, the bulk of them were not prosecuted for obscenity, as the censors finally copped onto the fact that they were dealing with nonsense that would barely fool a maggot. Below are the lamest films on the list, detailed for you, so you never have to watch them.

My first film watched was Carrie aged 2 on my dad's knee. Educated at The University of St Andrews and Trinity College Dublin. Fan of Arthouse, Exploitation, Horror, Euro Trash, Giallo, New French Extremism. Weaned at the bosom of a Russ Meyer starlet. The bleaker, artier or sleazier the better!