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Video Nasties 2: Draconian Days (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Video Nasties:Draconian Days picks ups from the excellent Video Nasties: Moral Panic Censorship & Videotape to take a look at the furore generated by the BBFC and the video nasties debate and it impact it had on today’s film-makers.  Jake West’s documentary should really be called – ‘James Ferman: What A Prick’ as a LOT of the 90 minute run time focuses on the former censor and his rather hands on approach to his role.  But beyond that it’s a fascinating look at the moral panic that engulfed the country and, momentarily, changed horror cinema forever.  From I Spit On Your Grave to Childs Play 3 and everything in between, Draconian Days gave me flashbacks to my own video nasty collecting days (thankfully police free), to this very unique sub-culture and the people who came with it.  Overall a really good watch.

Best Bit: “I actually AGREE with Ferman”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Video Nasties: Moral Panic Censorship & Videotape, Best Worst Movie, American Grindhouse


7 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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