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