Video Nasties: an Ongoing Project.

 In the early 1980s, the United Kingdom was swept by a moral panic over violent films. In many ways it was similar to the Satanic Panic that infected the United States.  


Below is a list of so called "video nasties" for which people actually faced prosecution. Here at Couch Thing, we are going to review each of these films (assuming that we can locate copies of all of them). This page will be updated as each new article is published. Stay tuned. 




  1. Absurd (original title: Rosso Sangue, also known as Monster HunterAnthropophagus 2, and Horrible) - Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Released uncut in 2017.
  2. Anthropophagous: The Beast (original title: Antropophagus, also known as AnthropophagousAntropofagoThe Grim ReaperMan BeastMan-Eater, and The Savage Island) – Released with approximately 8 minutes of pre-edits as The Grim Reaper in 2002. Complete version passed uncut in June 2015.
  3. Axe (also known as Lisa, Lisa and California Axe Massacre) – Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Released with 19 seconds cut in 1999. Released uncut in 2005.
  4. A Bay of Blood (original title: Reazione a Catena, also known as Twitch of the Death NerveBlood Bath and simply Bay of Blood) – Originally refused a cinema certificate in 1972. Released with 43 seconds cut in 1994. Re-released uncut in 2010.
  5. The Beast in Heat (original title: La Bestia in Calore, also known as SS Hell Camp) – No UK re-release.
  6. Blood Feast – Released with 23 seconds cut in 2001. Re-released uncut in 2005.
  7. Blood Rites (also known as The Ghastly Ones) – No UK re-release.
  8. Bloody Moon (original title: Die Säge des Todes) – Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Released with 1 minute 20 seconds cut in 1993. Released uncut November 2008.
  9. The Burning – Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Released with 19 seconds cut in 1992. Re-released uncut in 2001.
  10. Cannibal Apocalypse (original title: Apocalypse Domani, also known as Invasion of the Flesh Hunters) – Released with 2 seconds of animal cruelty cut in 2005.
  11. Cannibal Ferox (also known as Make Them Die Slowly) – Released with approximately 6 minutes of pre-cuts plus an additional 6 sec cut to a scene of animal cruelty in 2000. Re-released with 1 minute 55 seconds of animal cruelty cuts in 2018.
  12. Cannibal Holocaust – Released in 2001 with 5 minutes 44 seconds cut to remove most animal cruelty and rape scenes. Re-released with 15 seconds cut to one animal cruelty scene in 2011.[16]
  13. The Cannibal Man (original title: La Semana del Asesino) – Released with 3 seconds cut in 1993.
  14. Devil Hunter (original title: El Canibal) – Released uncut in November 2008.
  15. Don't Go in the Woods – Released uncut in 2007 with a 15 rating.
  16. The Driller Killer – Released with 54 seconds of pre-cuts in 1999. Re-released uncut in 2002. Now considered to be in public domain.[17][18]
  17. Evilspeak – Released with 3 minutes 34 seconds cut in 1987. Re-released uncut in 2004.
  18. Exposé (also known as House on Straw Hill) – Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Released with 51 seconds cut in 1997.
  19. Faces of Death – Released with 2 minutes 19 seconds cut to animal cruelty in 2003.
  20. Fight for Your Life – Originally refused a cinema certificate in 1981. No UK re-release.
  21. Flesh for Frankenstein (also known as Andy Warhol's Frankenstein) – Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Released with 56 seconds cut in 1996. Released uncut in 2006.
  22. Forest of Fear (also known as Toxic Zombies and Bloodeaters) – No UK re-release.
  23. Gestapo's Last Orgy (original title: L'ultima orgia del III Reich, also known as Last Orgy of the Third Reich and Caligula Reincarnated As Hitler) – Refused a video certificate in 2021.
  24. The House by the Cemetery (original title: Quella villa accanto al cimitero) – Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Released with over 4 minutes cut in 1988. Re-released with 33 seconds cut in 2001. Released uncut in 2009.
  25. The House on the Edge of the Park (original title: La casa sperduta nel parco) – Originally refused a cinema certificate in 1981. Released with 11 minutes 43 seconds cut in 2002, and re-released with 42 seconds cut in 2011. Passed fully uncut in May 2022.
  26. I Spit on Your Grave (also known as Day of the Woman) – Released with 7 minutes 2 seconds cut in 2001. Re-released in a longer re-edited format in 2003 which reframed the rape scenes but was cut by 43 seconds to the second rape scene by the BBFC. The original print was released again with 3 minutes cut in 2010, and the film again received 1 minute 41 seconds of cuts for the 2020 Blu-ray release.
  27. Island of Death (original title: Ta Pedhia tou dhiavolou, also known as Devils in Mykonos and A Craving For Lust) – Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Refused a video certificate in 1987 under the title Psychic Killer II. Re-released with 4 minutes 9 seconds cut in 2002. Released uncut September 2010.
  28. The Last House on the Left – Originally refused a cinema certificate in 1974 and again in 2000. Also refused a video certificate in 2001. Passed with 31 seconds cut in 2002. Released uncut on 17 March 2008.
  29. Love Camp 7 – Refused a video certificate in 2002. Refused a certificate for streaming in 2020.[19]
  30. Madhouse (also known as There Was a Little Girl) – Released uncut in 2004.
  31. Mardi Gras Massacre – Passed fully uncut in March 2022.
  32. Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (also known as Nightmare) – Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Released with approximately 3 minutes of pre-edits in 2005. Re-released uncut in November 2015.
  33. Night of the Bloody Apes (original title: La Horripilante bestia humana) – Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Released with approximately 3 minutes of pre-cuts in 1999. Re-released uncut in 2002.
  34. Night of the Demon – Released with 1 minute 41 seconds cut in 1994. Released uncut in 2022.
  35. Snuff – Passed uncut in 2003 but no UK release to date.
  36. SS Experiment Camp (original title: Lager SSadis Kastrat Kommandantur, also known as SS Experiment Love Camp) – Released uncut in 2005.
  37. Tenebrae (original title: Tenebre, also known as Unsane) – Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Released with 5 seconds cut in 1999. Re-released uncut in 2003.
  38. The Werewolf and the Yeti (original title: La Maldicion de la Bestia, also known as Night of the Howling Beast) – No UK re-release.
  39. Zombie Flesh Eaters (also known as Zombie and Zombi 2) – Originally passed with cuts for cinema. Released with 1 minute 46 seconds cut in 1992. Re-released with 23 seconds cut in 1999. Released uncut in 2005.
List from Wikipedia





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