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The Video Nasties #147 – Tenebrae (1982, Dario Argento)

‘Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.’ Tenebrae is an odd film for Dario Argento. Coming off the back of two of his most wildly supernatural and colourful movies, it would … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #146 – Superstition (1982, James W Roberson)

‘Shut your bitchy mouth!’ Superstition is a slasher movie in which – not a spoiler – the slasher is a witch. In a way, it’s similar to Suspiria, a giallo in which the killer is a witch, but don’t stress … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #145 – The Slayer (1982, JS Cardone)

‘I promise you, this’ll be a vacation you’ll never forget!’ Did Wes Craven see The Slayer before writing A Nightmare On Elm Street? It certainly came out two years before the Elm Street became a smash hit, though apparently that … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #144 – Pranks (1982, Stephen Carpenter & Jeffrey Obrow)

‘Boy, it’s creepy down here.’ ‘Shut up, Craig.’ Anyone can make a slasher movie, and back in the early 80s, anyone did. Just assemble a bunch of kids in a deserted location, throw in some kills and bam, you’ve got … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #143 – Parasite (1982, Charles Band)

‘Don’t you understand? It’s just like the work camps.  It’s happening to me all over again.’ Jesus Christ, are these films getting worse or have I just seen 143 of them in a row? Parasite is a real endurance test … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #142 – Oasis of the Zombies (1982, Jess Franco)

‘We’ve got to hold on ’til dawn!’ Ahhh, Mr Franco! How nice to see you again! Oasis of the Zombies is the seventh and final Jess Franco movie on the Nasties, and it’s seven for seven in terms of sheer … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #141 – Nightmare Maker (1982, William Asher)

‘Perverts and sluts! They’re doing everything they can to take him away from us!’ File this one alongside The Funhouse and Contamination in the the Why-was-this-ever-a-nasty file. There’s very little to say about this moderately interesting psychosexual incest drama that … Continue reading

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