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The Video Nasties #115 – Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981, Steve Miner)

‘That’s my good boy. That’s a good boy. That’s my Jason.’ If you ignore the first fifteen minutes of Friday the 13th Part 2, then you are left with an almost perfect distillations of the slasher movie formula – seventy-three … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #114 – Final Exam (1981, Jimmy Huston)

‘It’s happening…the psychopaths are here!’ Final Exam is a delightful coming of age movie set on the last day of high school. Our colourful cast of characters includes nerdy Radish, (smart mouth and obsessed with serial killers) and Courtney, the … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #113 – Evilspeak (1981, Eric Weston)

‘Coopersmith…what the devil do you think you’re doing?’ And here we are back in major studio territory, the unlikely culprits this time being Warner Bros. Unlike the same year’s The Funhouse though, Evilspeak was successfully prosecuted, no doubt due to … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #112 – The Evil Dead (1981, Sam Raimi)

‘We can’t bury Shelly…she’s a friend of ours.’ Well, is there anything left to say about Sam Raimi’s low budget horror masterpiece? Stephen King called it a ‘black rainbow of horror,’ which is such a good description that I’m tempted … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #111 – Don’t Go In the Woods…Alone (1981, James Bryan)

‘The most feared animal in the woods is man.’ Don’t Go In The Woods has a poor reputation, which is not entirely unfounded, though usually based on an incorrect assumption. Many reviewers deride the film for being silly and laughable … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #110 – Dead Kids (1981, Michael Laughlin)

‘You been doing experiments on fat girls up here?’ It’s somewhat ironic that Dead Kids should follow Dead and Buried, as the two films share some similarities. Both films are slow burn mysteries about sinister experiments in a small town, … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #109 – Dead & Buried (1981, Gary Sherman)

‘This is art…and I am an artist!’ Dead and Buried is one of those oddly classy movies that pops up infrequently on the Nasties list as a reminder that literally anything was fair game for an attempt at prosecution. It’s … Continue reading

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