Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape

Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape is a 2010 documentary about the Video Nasties controversy of the early 1980s.[1][2][3] It was premiered at London FrightFest in August 2010 and followed by a panel discussion which included producer Marc Morris and director Jake West of Nucleus Films, professor Martin Barker and film director Tobe Hooper.[4] In 2014 the documentary was followed by Video Nasties: Draconian Days, which covered the period from 1984 to 1989 after the introduction of the Video Recordings Act 1984. The two documentaries have contributed to a greater understanding of the Video Nasties phenomenon, and the box sets include archive material, trailers, and analysis from a range of from academics, actors and journalists, including CP Lee, Stephen Thrower, Brad Stevens, Julian Petley, Xavier Mendik, Patricia MacCormack. Allan Bryce, Emily Booth.

Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Lies & Videotape
film poster
Directed byJake West
Produced byMarc Morris
Written byMarc Morris
StarringAndy Nyman
Kim Newman
John McVicar
Julian Petley
Et al
Music byRob Lord
CinematographyJake West
Edited byJake West
Nucleus Films
Distributed byNucleus Films
Release date
  • 30 August 2010 (2010-08-30)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


  1. "How moral panic led to a mass ban of 'video nasties'",The Independent, 12 July 2014
  2. "Ban Video Sadism Now", Daily Mail frontpage, 1 July 1983
  3. "Police list top target nasties", Video Trade Weekly, 2 March 1984
  4. "The Return of the Censor", Sight & Sound, BFI
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