Video Nasties is a list of films that were deemed by the British Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to be in violation of the Obscene Publications Act of 1959. They were illegal for sale in Britain and could be confiscated by the police. Outcry against these films gathered momentum in 1983 and was largely led by morality crusader Mary Whitehouse. Some of the choices seem puzzling, but keep in mind that the two hot-button criteria were sexualized violence and violence against animals. A few were banned on the basis of their packaging as much as for their content. These 39 films were successfully prosecuted in Britain and removed from store shelves:
These either were banned or their directors were told not to bother to submit them for approval:
Some of these films were later approved for release after cuts, and others have since been approved for release in uncut form. A 2008 overhaul of the laws legalized several including Snuff, Driller Killer, and SS Experiment Camp. A few of these films remain banned just because they have never been resubmitted for approval.
Public belief that Child's Play 3 had led to the murder of a 2-year old led to a 1994 outcry for further censorship, and up to 25,000 films were considered for reassessment. The incident resulted in a Birmingham University study that found no evidence for the idea that film violence leads to real-world violence.
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