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The Video Nasties #83 – Christmas evil (1980, Lewis Jackson)

‘If you’re bad boys and girls, your name goes in the ‘Bad Boys and Girls Book’, and I’ll bring you something…horrible.’ John Waters has called Christmas Evil, ‘The greatest Christmas movie ever made,’ but even John waters gets it wrong … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #82 – Cannibals (1980, Jess Franco)

‘My wife fell victim to their…cannibalism.’ Cannibals opens with a title reading, ‘A film by Franco Prosperi’ and then two minutes later it says, ‘Directed by Jess Franco’. When even the opening titles are confused and confusing, you just know … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #81 – Cannibal Terror (1980, Alain Deruelle)

‘Nice thighs.’ ‘You can say that again.’ ‘Nice thighs.’ The above excerpt from Cannibal Terror neatly sums up the entire half-assed endeavor perfectly. Rarely have I seen such a total nonentity of a film play out over the course of … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #80 – Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Ruggero Deodato)

‘Y’know, this is gonna make us famous!’ Okay, let’s get this out of the way first. Cannibal Holocaust is a repulsive, disgusting movie. It’s reprehensible, disturbing and downright nasty. It’s also probably the best film on the Nasties list. Hear … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #79 – Cannibal Apocalypse (1980, Antonio Margheriti)

‘Is he a subversive, a queer, a black, a commie or a Muslim fanatic?’ Memory can be a tricky thing. I remembered loving Cannibal Apocalypse when I first saw it many years ago and yet this time the film barely … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #78 – The Bogey Man (1980, Ulli Lommell)

‘By destroying the mirror, you’ve exorcised the ghost once and for all.’ Although perhaps people didn’t realise it at the time, 1978 changed the face of horror films forever, thanks to the little movie that could, John Carpenter’s Halloween. Sure, … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #77 – Anthropophagous: The Beast (1980, Joe D’Amato)

‘This is more like ghost town than anything.’ So here we are in 1980 with the most difficult-to-spell Video Nasty, Anthropophagous: The Beast, and I’m pleased to say that it gets the next phase of the Nasties off to a … Continue reading

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