AKA: Antrpophagus 2, Grim Reaper 2, Rossa Sangue, The Monster Hunter, Horrible, Ausgeburt der Holle, Terror sin Limite, Zombie 6 : Monster Hunter.
B-movie regular George Eastman plays an escaped mental patient, who's on the run from his former doctor (who also happens
to be a priest for some reason). Having torn his guts open on a spiked fence, he's admitted to a local hospital
where he quickly recovers, then goes on a murderous rampage.
Heads get stuffed in oven's, hypodermic needles are shoved in eyes and there are various power tool murders,
including the use of a band saw, before he's eventually halted by getting an axe in the head.
Directed by Joe D'Amato, (under the pseudonym Peter Newton) who's probably better known for his soft porn films
like the "11 days & 11 Nights" films. This was released in some countries as a follow-up of sorts to his earlier
"Anthropophagous the Beast" (another entry on the Nasties list), though the only connection between the two is the
director, and it's lead actor George Eastman, who plays the maniac in both.
For me, the only disturbing part of this film was perhaps the police sergeant's uncanny resemblance to comedian Robin Williams.
Lookout for Euro-porn starlet Annie Belle (House on the Edge of the Park) as one of the victims.
Passed for a UK cinema release in 1983 with 2:32s of cuts, the distributers released both the cut cinema and original uncut
versions on tape using the exact same sleeve. The bandsaw and oven death scenes in the uncut version is undoubtedly what saw
this one included on the DPP list, which was succesfully prosecuted under the OPA. The film was finally passed uncut in the UK
in 2016 and released to Disc.
Anthropophagous the Beast
AKA: Antropophagous Beast, Antropophagous, Antropophagus, The Grim Reaper, Maneater-Der Menschfresser, The Man Eater, The Man Beast,
Gomia : Terror en el Mar Egeo, The Savage Island, Anthrapofogo.
Italian director Joe D'Amato's second entry on the nasties list (filmed under his other pseudonym Aristide Massaccesi) which, ironically,
was the forerunner to "Absurd".
Tisa Farrow (Mia's sister) and a group of tourists visit a small Greek island, only to find it's inhabitants have been devoured by a crusty
looking shipwrecked man, played by D'Amato regular George Eastman, who's been washed up on the shore with a taste for human flesh after devouring
his wife and kid in the lifeboat.
The people in the group subsequently get attacked and devoured one-by-one, including a particularly nasty scene where he stomps on the belly
of a pregnant woman and eats her foetus. But he finally gets his come-uppance by getting a pickaxe through his stomach and dies snacking on his
Another one of the DPP's 39 prosecuted titles, undoubtedly due to the fetus eating scene.A heavily censored version with a different soundtrack was
released to UK DVD in the early 00's under the title "Grim Reaper", which was taken from a cut US R-rated print. Finally released
uncut to UK Blu-Ray in 2015.
AKA: Calafornia Axe Massacre, California Axe Murders, The Axe Murders, Lisa Lisa, The Virgin Slaughter.
A group of 3 psychopaths on the run from the law, go about terrorizing
the local townsfolk of a small community, before descending on an isolated farm which is home to a young girl named Lisa and her
paralysed grandfather. After being raped by 2 of the gangster's she retaliates using an axe and razorblades.
The film seems to borrow elements from "Last House on the Left" (another entry on the list), though the film is not overly
graphic in any way, with the killings being more implied than shown.
It is interesting to note that another film by the same director entitled "Date with the Kidnapper" failed to make the
list, although distinctly similar in style and content.
Passed with around 3mins of cuts for a UK cinema release with an "X" certificate, the video here was of the full uncut version
which is probably what landed it in the dock, as it was one of the successfully prosecuted titles. The film was passed in
1999 with 16s of cuts under the title "California AXE Massacre" and was finally passed fully uncut in the UK in 2006.
The Beast in Heat
AKA: Horrifying Experiments in the last days of the SS, La Bestia in Calhore, SS Hell Camp, Holocaliste Nazi, SS Experiment Camp 2.
Directed by Ivan Katansky (AKA Luigi Batzella) this is one of many so called
Video Nasties about fictionalized World War 2 Nazi atrocities. Taking place in an unspecified French town under Nazi occupation, a senior female SS officer arrives
to help sort out the problems with the local resistance groups, whilst carrying out her bizarre genetic experiments.
The "beast" of the title is a half man/half beast dwarf creature (Sal Boris, star of numerous Italian horrors), which she has created in a bizarre genetic experiment
to torture the female POW's in her care, by giving them to the vertically challenged beast, who subsequently "bonks" them to death (though he only actually appears in
The rest of the film focuses on the various nasty things the Nazi's do to the locals and the attempts of the female SS officer to torture the resistance members.
She eventually gets the tables turned on her when the allies attack and the resistance gives her to her own creature.
It's worth noting that the majority of scenes with the nazis fighting the resistance was re-used footage from the directors earlier film "When the Bell Tolls" (1970)
edited around the newly filmed scenes with the female SS Officer's experiments, with some battle scenes taken from "Heroes Without Glory" (1971).
This release was uncut and was undoubtedly successfully prosecuted because the authorities took a dim view of the combination of sex, violence and Nazis.
This release was fairly scarce and became one of the rarest of the video nasties, with original UK pre-cert videos going for silly money on Ebay.
The film has not been re-issued in the UK to date, though would probably scrape through the censors unscathed if resubmitted today. Early DVD releases
in the US and Europe under the title "SS Hell Camp"" were uncut in terms of gore, but had several scenes shortened due to print damage.The US
Blu-Ray by Severin entitled "The Beast in Heat" is fully uncut, but shortens the intro titles.
Buy Online [Amazon UK]
AKA: The Seven Doors of Death, L'aldila, E tu vivrai nel terrore - L'aldilà, Die Giesterstadt der Zombies.
first of several zombie films from Italian splatter-master Lucio Fulci which made the Nasties list. This one with a plot seemingly "borrowed"
from Micheal Winners "The Sentinel". Which sees Fulci regular Catherine MacColl inherit a New Orlans Hotel, which unfortunately
stands on one of the 7 entrances to Hell.
Haunted happenings include hotel guests being eaten by flesh eating spiders, having their eyes gouged out by zombies, and attacked with acid.
Before she and her doctor friend, played by fellow British actor and Eurohorror stalwart David Warbeck, end up trying to shoot their way out of
a zombie filled hospital during the films climax.
One of Fulci's best films, along with "Zombie Flesh-Eaters", which also happened to make the list. The film shared a number of similarities
with his earlier "City of the Living Dead" which surprisingly escaped inclusion. Although his "House by the Cemetery" (often regarded
as part of an unnoficial trilogy with Beyond and City...) wasn't so fortunate. The film clearly had an influence on 80's rock band
'Europe' (remember them?) as they released a song inspired by the film called "Seven Doors Hotel" in 1983 .
Dropped from the Nasties list after they discovered this release was the same as the UK cinema version, which had 1:39s cut by
the BBFC. This same cut version was later re-issued to video after the VRA came in. The full uncut version was finally released in
the UK in 2001. SEE MAIN REVIEW.
AKA: Bay of Blood, A Bay of Blood, Bloodbath : Bay of Blood, Bloodbath : Bay of Death, Reazione A Catena, Ecologia Del Delitto,
Antefatto, Twitch of Death Nerve, Carnage, Before the Fact-Ecology of a Crime, The Ecology of a Crime, Carnage, Last House on the Left Part II,
The New House on the Left.
More commonly known as "A Bay of Blood", this
stalk and slash film by cult Italian director Mario Bava is essentially about a group of grasping relatives, who try to murder each other off
so that they might own a highly desirable country mansion.
Described as a perverse reworking of the 1950's film "La Ronde", this plays almost like a bizarre black comedy, with people getting
axes in the face and being repeatedly stabbed.
Slasher film fans may notice several killings that bear an uncanny resemblances to some of the deaths in the earlier Friday the 13th films.
Most notably, the aformentioned person getting an axe in the face and a couple being skewered in bed togethor whilst "on the job".
The film had been rejected by the BBFC for a cinema release in 1972, the pre-cert video here was of the uncut version and was succesfuly prosecuted
under the OPA. The BBFC later passed a cut version, removing 43 seconds, for a video release in 1994. The uncut version was finally released in the
UK in 2010.
AKA: Egyptian Blood Feast, Blood Orgy, Feast of Flesh.
One of the earliest gore movies ever to produced, this tacky little
1963 film by the notorious Herschell Gordon Lewis, follows the exploits of an insane Egyptian caterer, who goes around hacking limbs, brains and tongues
off female victims in order to build himself the perfect female body in which to resurrect the god of Ishtar (nothing to do with the Dustin Hoffman film).
He hopes to do this during a banquet he is preparing for a client, who is unaware of what ingredients he is using for his dishes. But he meets an untimely
end whilst being chased by the police and tries to hide from them in the back of a rubbish truck.
Why anyone would think this badly acted film, with its awful dialogue, inappropriate music and unconvincing gore (OK I suppose it was made in 1963) was
offensive or obscene is quite beyond me. Former Playboy model Connie Mason stars in one of the leading roles (who obviously wasn't hired for her acting abilities).
One of the first nasty titles successfully prosecuted and banned under the OPA. The film was passed for a UK release in 2001 after 23 seconds of BBFC cuts
to remove a whipping scene. The film was later passed fully uncut when resubmitted in 2005. Herschell Gordon Lewis actually made a sequel to this film in
2002 entitled "Blood Feast 2 : All U Can Eat". A remake was also released in 2017.
Three sisters and their husbands have to stay in their
late fathers house overnight in order to inherit his fortunes. But, as they bed down for the night, the group are susequently attacked
by a retarded lunatic named Colin, who dishes out the gore with a pitchfork.
Directed by the late Andy Milligan (no relation to Spike), the film is exceptionally amateurish, featuring extremely bad acting,
poor dialogue and amazingly bad production which includes the directors instructions being audible on the soundtrack and the camera
revealing crew members during the fight scenes.
The films only notable inclusion was actor Richard Romanus, who went on to star in Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets".
The film has never been re-issued in the UK, even though it would undoubtedly pass uncut today. Available on US DVD under the
title "The Ghastly Ones" on a special double-edition DVD with "Seeds of Sin".
Buy Online [Amazon UK]
AKA: Die sage Des Todes, Colegialis Violadas, Pro Fonde Tenebre.
"Bloody Awful" would be a more fitting title for this clunker of a slasher film,
about the pupils of a foreign language school on the Costa del Sol, who are getting bumped off in a series of bizarre killings by someone in a Mickey Mouse mask
(and it isn't Walt Disney).
Highlights include one person getting offed with a pair of shears, another is strung up from a light fitting whilst another is strapped to a bench and
decapitated by a giant circular saw.
This truly awful movie, the first of one of several titles on the list directed by the appalling Jess Franco, probably got included on the governments
Nasties list because of its lurid depictions of women being killed.
This version was uncut, but the distributors also released a cut version.
Successfully prosecuted under the OPA, it was later passed for a UK video release in the early 90's, but only after 1:20s of BBFC cuts.
This same cut version was later issued on DVD in the early 00's. The film was finally passed uncut by the BBFC in 2008 and released by
'Severin', which also included some additional snippets of gore that were missing from other DVD releases.
The Bogey Man
AKA: The Boogeyman, Spectre.
Not to be confused with the 2005 film of the same name, a concentrated
evil power coming from an evil mirror plays havoc with a family living in a small American farming community.
Cheerfully ripping off "The Amityville Horror", "The Exorcist" and "Halloween", some of the more interesting scenes include a couple
getting skewered through the throat whilst kissing and one of the characters stabbing herself with a pair of scissors. Whilst veteran horror actor John
Carradine turns up in a small role as a Doctor.
Directed by Ulli Lommel who also did the 1973 film "Tenderness of the Wolves", this 1980 film spawned a couple of sequels "Revenge of the Bogeyman"
in 1983, which also made the nasties list, and "Return of the the Boogeyman" in 1993.
The film had been passed uncut for a cinema release in 1980, so was dropped from the Nasties list and not prosecuted. Though when submitted
to the BBFC for a video release in the early 90's, they still insisted on cutting 44s from it. The uncut version was finally passed for a
UK release in 2001.
A prank on the mean old caretaker at a summer camp seriously backfires
(literally) and he becomes horribly burned and disfigured. He returns to the camp 5 years later with his trusty shears and proceeds to carve his way
through the staff and teens.
Essentially a low budget rip-off of Friday the 13th, the film isn't quite in that same calibre, but features some interesting kill scenes,
such as where Cropsey jumps out of a canoe and massacres a bunch of kids on a raft.
The Burning was notable for being the movie that launched Mirimax pictures and featured early performances from Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander
and Fisher Stevens. With special effects by Tom Savini and a soundtrack by YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Director Tony Maylem went on to get himself fired
from the Rutger Hauer Sci-Fi pic "Split Second".
The film had been passed with 10s of cuts for a cinema release in 1981, but distributors Thorn-EMI accidentally issued the uncut
version on video by mistake. They quickly re-issued the cut cinema version, but were still prosecuted for it along with the uncut
version. The uncut version was succesfully prosecuted under the OPA, but the cut cinema version was pulled from shelves at the same
time. When submitted to the BBFC for a re-release in the early 90s, it was even more heavily cut by 19s, which was the same
version first issued to UK DVD in 2001. The film was finally passed fully uncut on UK DVD in 2002.
SEE MAIN REVIEW
AKA: The Cannibals are in the Streets, Cannibals in the Street, Cannibals in the City, Cannibal Apocalipsis, Apocalypse Domani,
Apocalipse Cannibal, Apocalipsis Caníbal, Cannibal Massacre, Hunter of the Apocalypse, Savage Apocalypse, The Slaughterers,
Savage Slaughterers, Invasion of the Flesh Hunters, Virus.
Unlike most of the other cannibal films on this list,
this one is set in the US city of Atlanta as opposed to the Amazon jungle. This one concerns a group of former Vietnam war POW's, played by
Horror/Sci-fi veteran John Saxon, Video Nasty regular John Morghen and Blaxploitation actor Tony King, who return home with a craving for human
The group subsequently go on the rampage in the city, looking for victims to munch on. But unfortunately, it turns out that cannibalism is
actually a disease spread by biting, so the unfortunate victims who survive the ordeal end up joining ranks with their erstwhile attackers.
Before being chased into the sewers by the police, who blast them with shotguns and flamethrowers.
Directed by Antonio Marghareti, with cosmetic effects by Giannetto De Rossi who also worked on Zombie Flesh-Eaters, this is definitely
one of the more fun video nasties, with some great gory action scenes, including one where John Morghen gets a hole blasted in his torso.
The pre-cert video was uncut. The film was finally passed for a UK release in 2005, though the BBFC cut 1s from it, to remove a scene where
some rats get splattered with burning napalm during the sewer shootout, as this breached the "Cruelty to Animals" act. However, the UK Horror
Channel screened the uncut version. The film has been released uncut on disc in the US. SEE MAIN REVIEW.
AKA: Make Them Die Slowly, Let Them Die Slowly, Woman From Deep River, Die Rache der Kannibalen, Canibal Feroz.
Arguably the nastiest of all the video nasties
was this offering by Italian director Umberto Lenzi, which is apparently in the Guinness book of Records for being banned in 31
3 New York university students venture into the Columbian jungle, when they cross paths with a couple of drug dealers, one of
which being the illustrious John Morghen (the second film on the list in which he appears), who have been running amok with the local
Not splitting any hairs about who is and isn't involved with Mr Morghen, all parties concerned find themselves being served up
as the natives next meal. John Morghen has a very delicate part of his anatomy forcibly removed, whilst Zero Kerova (who suffered
a similarly gory demise in "The New York Ripper") is strung up with hooks through her breasts. However the worst parts are
the sickening acts of repeated genuine animal mutilations.
This version was uncut, though the distributors also released a heavily cut version in a different sleeve, which had been unofficially approved by
the BBFC with an 18 classification prior to the VRA. This removed the two most infamous gore scenes and the animal cruelty, but was still prosecuted under
the OPA, along with the uncut version. The heavily censored version was eventually passed for a UK DVD release in 2000, with an additional 6 second cut, on
the Vipco label. The 2018 release by Shameless fared much better, reinstating the gore, but removing 1:55s of animal cruelty. The film is available uncut in
the US and in most European countries. SEE MAIN REVIEW.
AKA: Cannibal Massaker, Holocausto Cannibal, Nackt und Zerfleischt.
One of the better cannibal flicks, by rival genre director Ruggero Deadato,
in which a search and rescue team (lead by porn star Robert Kerman) head into the Columbian jungle in search of a missing film crew, only to find their remains
and their stock of film that they had shot about the last remaining cannibal tribes.
Upon viewing the found footage, they find that the film crew had brought about their own demise by pissing off the local tribes in order to catch some sensational
footage, only for them to gang up and murder the crew in the most brutal of fashions.
For the most part, this is actually a very good jungle adventure film, which some have said was the pre-cursor to the modern "found footage" style film. It has
suffered several outrageous claims about being a snuff movie over the years (which it isn't) although, as is the case with most cannibal capers, features gratuitous
GENUINE animal butchery which is rather vile.
The distributors where successfully prosecuted for obscenity for releasing this, though strangely, Deadato's other cannibal movie "Cannibal"
(AKA "Last Cannibal Wold", "Ultimo Mondo Cannibal", "Jungle Holocaust") surprisingly escaped inclusion from the list.
Another succesfully prosecuted title, this release was uncut in terms of gore, but had 7 minutes of dialogue cut out so the film would fit onto a 90min tape.
A heavily cut version, which removed all the animal killings and a couple of rape scenes, was passed for a UK release in 2001 and released by Vipco. Shameless
films managed to get a more complete version released in 2011, which only edited out the muskrat killing scene. The film is available fully uncut in the US and
most of Europe on disc. SEE MAIN REVIEW.
The Cannibal Man
AKA: La Semana del Asesino, The Apartment on the 13th Floor, Week of the Killer.
A low budget Spanish film, in which a slaughterhouse worker
kills a cab driver in self defence, then decides to bump off his girlfriend who witnessed it to cover up his crime. As his family,
and others, get suspicious, the killings escalate as he tries to keep his original crime quiet.
He subsequently goes on to kill his brother, his brother's wife, his father and even a visiting prostitute in the process, before disposing of
them at the slaughterhouse where he works.
The film isn't really that gory, aside from some slaughterhouse footage at the start of the film. The scene with the meat clever in the face is
obviously a plastic novelty and the gore effects overall are quite unconvincing.
Would probably have never been included in the governments nasties list if it hadn't used the word "cannibal" in its title, which is probably why
it got noticed in the first place.
Despite its lack of gore, it was still successfully prosecuted and banned under the OPA. It was later passed for a UK video release in the
early 90s after 3s of BBFC cuts, though would probably pass uncut if resubmitted today. Available uncut on disc in the US and Europe.
Buy Online [Amazon UK]
Another film that only got included due to having the word "cannibal" in the
title, this dull French made effort by director Allan Steve (AKA Julian Tabernero) is about a couple of small time crooks who kidnap a young girl, hoping to
blackmail her rich parents.
Hiding out at a friends house in the jungle, they outstay their welcome after one of them decides to rape their friend's wife, so are forced to high tail it
deeper into the jungle, after he tips off the authorities as to their whereabouts. They are then captured by a local cannibal tribe, sporting extremely dodgy
hairstyles (and also appear to be wearing watches and wedding rings), who adopt the young girl as their own but turn the gangsters into their next meal.
Shot back-to-back with Jess Franco's "White Cannibal Queen" (AKA "Cannibals"), using the same sets, same extras and even re-using some of
the same footage, the film proves even more inept than Franco's film, which somehow escaped inclusion on the list. The natives were made up of white, pot bellied,
Spaniards who can be seen wearing training shoes on their feet and underpants under their loin cloths. The scenes of disembowelment were all too obviously a close
up of a pigs carcass, and in one scene you can clearly see a road in the background of the tribal village, with cars driving past.
The film was unsurprisingly dropped from the DPP list and not prosecuted. Was eventually passed uncut for a UK DVD release in 2003.
AKA: Contaminazione, Alien 2, Alien Contamination, Contamination: Alien on Earth, Astaron Brut des Schreckens, Toxic Spawn.
An El-Cheapo rip off of "Alien" by Italian director Lewis
Coates (Luigi Cozzi), in which the authorities discover a boat load of alien eggs (actually painted balloons) on board an abadoned cargo vessel.
Which blow up in peoples faces, causing their stomaches to swell up and explode.
It turns out these eggs have come from a giant alien octopus, which is holed up in a columbian coffee factory, after being brought down from mars on
a previous space expedition.
Enter Ian McCulloch of "Zombie Flesh Eaters" fame who, with the help of Loise Marlea, heads on over to South-America and brings the alien menace
to a halt. Not to be confused with the similarly themed "Alien Terror" (Alien Sulla Terra/Alien on Earth), which escaped inclusion.
The film was eventually dropped from the DPP list and not prosected. This version was uncut in terms of gore but was apparently missing 5mins of
dialogue scenes. A more heavily edited version, with the stomach explosions removed, was unofficially approved by the BBFC prior to the VRA.
However this had no legal standing once the VRA came into effect, so the cut version was still effectively outlawed. The film was passed uncut
in the UK in 2004 SEE MAIN REVIEW.