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The Weirdest Reasons Films Have Been Banned Around the World

Sorry to break it to you, dear reader, but all art is political. Historically, even the most innocuous forms of popular artistic design have, at one point or another, been the subject of suspicious government scrutiny. And while books and printed materials have been, on terms of volume, the central focus of most politically-backed censorship […]

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The 10 Most Extreme Video Nasties

Last week, we discussed some of the hidden horror gems that were stashed on the United Kingdom’s notorious video nasty list of the 1980s. This week, we are looking at the extreme inclusions, the movies that were banned for a very clear reason and still have the ability to shock and disgust audiences today. But […]

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Banned in the UK!: 10 Obscure Horror Greats on the “Video Nasties” List

During the 1980s, when movies first entered homes via VHS tapes, bannings and censorship became rampant in many parts of the world. Perhaps the most well-known of these censorship movements was the United Kingdom’s “video nasties”, a list of 72 horror movies that were in some way censored. Some of the titles were just forced […]

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Celebrating 10 Years Of Severin Films On SHOCK WAVES!

It’s been a while, but we’re back! On this edition of Shock Waves, Elric Kane has returned from his cross country trip and re-joins co-hosts Rebekah McKendry and yours truly (Rob Galluzzo) as they catch up on all the latest horrors! Elric got to see THE SHALLOWS, THE NEON DEMON, George A. Romero’s SEASON OF THE WITCH […]

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Slashback! Beyond Reason, Beyond Help: 1982’s Banned and Baffling UNHINGED

When the notorious “Video Nasties” witch hunt swept across the UK in the 1980s, plenty of slasher movies made their shit-list — but some of the titles which gained that dubious distinction were not nearly as controversial as some that I’ve covered in this column previously; for example, Tobe Hooper’s 1981 THE FUNHOUSE, a nearly […]

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Horror Movies Banned in the UK: Getting to Know the Video Nasties!

Cannibals, criminals, and more than a few chainsaws. You know the stories, you recognize the images, and it is impossible for you to forget the characters. It is no secret that modern horror grew into its big-girl-pants in the 1980s, but did you know that the staples of the horror genre required defending in many […]

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Bizarre Births, Aliens, and Clowns: Looking back at the XTRO Franchise

The XTRO series is a classic threesome of weird alien films. Starting out in England as a very promising horror/ sci-fi flick about a single unfriendly homicidal alien, the series eventually blossomed into a full alien invasion. The original film, XTRO, was considered so extreme and graphic that it repeatedly got banned and censored, and […]

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The Best Films from the Something Weird Vault

When Mike Vraney (1957 – 2014) founded Something Weird Video in 1990, it quickly grew into the premiere collection of schlock, gore, and sleaze sought voraciously and lasciviously by an entire generation of home video fanatics. Vraney had the courage to dig deep and come up with some of the oddest, sexiest, grossest, and just […]