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10 Video Nasties That Shouldn’t Have Been Banned

Completely stupid mistakes made by the authoritarian censors in charge…

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The 1984 Video Recordings Act, an act of legislation enforced by the Conservative Parliament on the selling of home video tapes, was revolutionary on enforcing restrictions on the burgeoning industry of Home Video in the 1980s. It was so revolutionary that some laws and restrictions that were implemented are still active to this day (ever wonder why DVDs in high-streets are always certificated by the BBFC?) However, it's only in recent times that we’ve seen a lot of the more controversial movies that were targeted as part of this legislation being re-released on DVD in Britain.

Along with the restrictions came a list of 72 violent movies that were banned by the BBFC, seized by law-enforcement, and slandered as "Video Nasties" by the press, earning them a reputation all of their own. Some of these movies have never found a re-release in Britain; either because they’ve been completely forgotten, or because the content within is still too nasty for the BBFC to stomach. Whilst some movies definitely earned their place on the list such as Cannibal Holocaust, Fight For Your Life and I Spit On Your Grave, the BBFC weren’t completely infallible. In this article, we present to you 10 of the 72 movies banned via the 1984 Video Recordings Act that either really weren’t as bad as everybody thought, or the reasons behind their inclusion were ridiculously stupid.

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