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Nucleus Films to release Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2

Nucleus Films has announced the follow-up to their brilliant and exhaustive 2010 release Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide.

On July 14th, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984, Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, Draconian Days, will focus on the 82 films that fell victim to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ “Section 3” list, featuring content spread across three DVDs.

To further celebrate the amount of love that’s gone into the release, Film4 FrightFest will hold a special event - the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen, extended 97 minute cut of Jake West’s latest documentary Video Nasties: Draconian Days (which premiered at this year’s Glasgow’s Film Fest to critical acclaim) at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3rd July, 8.30pm. The screening will be followed by an extensive Q & A debate, hosted by FrightFest’s Paul McEvoy, with director Jake West, producer Marc Morris, author/film critic Alan Jones, plus other special guests.. There will also be the chance to buy a signed copy of the numbered limited edition run.


Ironically, the documentary has come along at a time when the UK government, together with the Department for Culture Media and Sport are calling for much stricter regulation of home video by changing the BBFC’s “exemption” guidelines. UK On-Demand TV will also be coming under ATVOD regulation.

Nucleus Films have been at the forefront of tackling the new exemption ruling head-on, by setting up a meeting with the UK’s independent video labels and challenging the BBFC and British Video Association. A petition was set up on 38 Degrees which has seen almost 4,000 signatures and continues to grow daily.


The Package


Disc One: “Video Nasties: Draconian Days”

Nucleus Films’ critically acclaimed follow-up documentary to ‘VIDEO NASTIES: MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP AND VIDEOTAPE’ (2010) from director Jake West and producer Marc Morris, who continue to uncover the shocking story of home entertainment following the introduction of the 1984 Video Recordings Act. The United Kingdom was plunged into a new Dark Age of the most restrictive censorship, where the horror movie became the bloody, eviscerated victim of continuing dread created by self-aggrandizing moral guardians, and the film charts the consequences of this, including the subversive social culture that sprung up around it. With fascinating interviews and more jaw-dropping archive footage, get ready to reflect and rejoice on the passing of a turbulent time.

People you’ll see in this documentary include: Martin Barker, Sian Barber, James Ferman (Head of BBFC up to 1999), Sir Graham Bright, Lavinia Carey, Alex Chandon, Tony Clarke, Kate Egan, David Flint, John Hayward, Spencer Hickman, David Hyman (BBFC), Neil Keenan, C.P. Lee, Alan Jones, David Kerekes, Craig Lapper, Neil Marshall, Paul McEvoy, Marc Morris, Kim Newman, Julian Petley, Geoffrey Robertson QC, Christopher Smith, Stephen Thrower, Cathal Tohill, Carol Topolski & Nigel Wingrove.

Discs Two and Three: “The Section 3 List”

This presents the official additional 82 titles that were designated under “Section 3″ of the Obscene Publications Act by the Director of Public Prosecutions. These titles were liable for seizure and forfeiture by the police, removed from sale or hire and then destroyed; although they were not ultimately prosecuted. This amazing list was discovered whilst researching legal paperwork for the original “VIDEO NASTIES: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE” and finally clears up why so many additional titles were historically considered to be “Video Nasties”.

Every shocking Section 3 title is presented with its original trailer and a newly filmed featurette, which includes a wide range of notable genre journalists and acclaimed media academics who explore and uncover the sordid history of each release.

Introductions by: Evrim Ersoy, Julian Grainger, Justin Kerswell, Alan Jones, Patricia MacCormack, Marc Morris, Kim Newman, Karen Oughton and Stephen Thrower.
DVD Extras include a gallery of original video poster art and a fabulous peek back at Britain’s independent fanzine scene, which sprung up during the 80s and 90s.

Please note that the following trailer contains very unsafe material. Do take care when viewing:


Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, Draconian Days is available to pre-order now at £24.99 and is limited to 6,666 copies.

Last updated: 30/05/2018 19:41:15

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