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Between 1980 and 1984, British video companies competed for shelf space with increasingly outrageous cover designs until a legal crackdown removed them from rental shops forever. From a private collection of rarities, this documents those outlaw years of malevolent art with- 200 of the greatest horror video covers from the British 'video nasty' era- full-page, full-color r Between 1980 and 1984, British video companies competed for shelf space with increasingly outrageous cover designs until a legal crackdown removed them from rental shops forever. From a private collection of rarities, this documents those outlaw years of malevolent art with- 200 of the greatest horror video covers from the British 'video nasty' era- full-page, full-color reproductions- banned or suppressed video covers- cover for "Evil Dead, Last House on the Left, Werewolves on the Wheels, and "Zombie Creeping Flesh


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Between 1980 and 1984, British video companies competed for shelf space with increasingly outrageous cover designs until a legal crackdown removed them from rental shops forever. From a private collection of rarities, this documents those outlaw years of malevolent art with- 200 of the greatest horror video covers from the British 'video nasty' era- full-page, full-color r Between 1980 and 1984, British video companies competed for shelf space with increasingly outrageous cover designs until a legal crackdown removed them from rental shops forever. From a private collection of rarities, this documents those outlaw years of malevolent art with- 200 of the greatest horror video covers from the British 'video nasty' era- full-page, full-color reproductions- banned or suppressed video covers- cover for "Evil Dead, Last House on the Left, Werewolves on the Wheels, and "Zombie Creeping Flesh

30 review for Shock! Horror!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    best coffee table book ever.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Shock! Horror! Astounding Artwork From The Video Nasty Era by Francis Brewster, Harvey Fenton and Marc Morris is a wonderful British compendium of movie posters and VHS box covers. These are the titles that were demonized by overzealous British censors on a foolish mission to impose their own sense of morality on the horror loving public. During the 1980s, horror movies were seen as the root cause of corrupting youth, violence and pretty much all of society’s ills. The Conservative government pas Shock! Horror! Astounding Artwork From The Video Nasty Era by Francis Brewster, Harvey Fenton and Marc Morris is a wonderful British compendium of movie posters and VHS box covers. These are the titles that were demonized by overzealous British censors on a foolish mission to impose their own sense of morality on the horror loving public. During the 1980s, horror movies were seen as the root cause of corrupting youth, violence and pretty much all of society’s ills. The Conservative government passed the Video Recordings Act of 1984, which gave the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) the power to ban and enforce cuts on movies. Previously released films also had to be resubmitted to bear the scrutiny of the censors. Some of the highest profile titles to suffer the wrath and be deemed obscene were Driller Killer, I Spit on Your Grave and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The years leading up to the video nasty era featured some of the most vibrant and imaginative film posters and video covers you would ever see, way better than what you get today. Back then, instead of the plethora of message boards, reviews, websites and social media, it was the humble video cover that had to convince you to watch the movie. It had to shock and hook you to get an edge over rival titles. There was a lot more competition from smaller studios too, each vying for viewers for their films. Shock! Horror! covers mostly the lower profile independent and small label horror movies. The artwork is fantastic and well reproduced in this book. It’s in full color, with full page movie posters. It’s a must for horror and exploitation film fans – the ultimate coffee table book. Most of the book is made up of posters and then at the back are the full VHS covers with details about the films, why they were banned, details on cuts and production information. The commentary and information provided is rich and fascinating, adding a further dimension to the book. It’s a wonderful examination of one of the most interesting periods of horror home video. This book is an absolute joy and I never tire of flipping through. It will make you want to try to find as many of these horror treasures as you can. 10/10 Here are a few samples of the movie posters you can enjoy in the book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jaybird Rex

    A real treat, this fascinating collection of video covers from UK’s banned “nasties” shows the pungent, even genius, sophistication of crude capitalists marketing social trash by appealing to the dark inside each of us. The stories of what UK authorities did to some of these pioneering video retailers (incredible fines, jail sentences) shows just how far we’ve come. What passed for shock and horror in 1982 has been passé for quite some time. I’d love to own a copy of this simply as a design refe A real treat, this fascinating collection of video covers from UK’s banned “nasties” shows the pungent, even genius, sophistication of crude capitalists marketing social trash by appealing to the dark inside each of us. The stories of what UK authorities did to some of these pioneering video retailers (incredible fines, jail sentences) shows just how far we’ve come. What passed for shock and horror in 1982 has been passé for quite some time. I’d love to own a copy of this simply as a design reference, but none are available for less than $50.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Excellent, well worth the effort to track down.

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