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A 'Video Nasties' Synopsis, Film By Shocking Film!

Detailed synopses of the infamous ‘video nasties’, film by film, scene by scene, kill by kill! By David Kerekes & David Slater.

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The meteoric rise of video technology in the early 1980s was met with suspicion in some quarters. Pressure groups found certain videocassettes objectionable and ‘video nasties’ became a catch-all term for undesirable films or films potentially liable for prosecution under the Obscene Publications Act 1959.

This book is not a discussion of the video nasties themselves, but instead gives a detailed synopsis of each film, from Absurd to Zombie Flesh Eaters, without criticism or commentary — 75 video nasty plots without dissection. The book may be considered a nostalgic reverie for those fans and collectors who don’t have the fortitude to sit through these films again and would like an aide-memoire. What’s more, many of the films are cheap and exploitative, little masterclasses of cutting corners, and the brutal logic of their storylines when laid bare make for entertaining reading.

The material contained in LAST ORGY BY THE CEMETERY originally appeared in a different form in the authors’ See No Evil: Banned Films and Video Controversy,  published by Headpress in 2000 and now out of print.

OUR BOOK, SEE No Evil: Banned Films and Video Controversy (2000) has been updated and retitled Cannibal Error: Anti-Film Propaganda and the ‘Video Nasties’ Panic of the 1980s for its recent publication. One of the changes has been to the section of the book that looks in-depth at the so-called ‘video nasties’ — feature films of a horror nature released on videocassette in Great Britain in the early 1980s; pressure groups found these films objectionable and, in turn, the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) considered them liable to prosecution under the Obscene Publications Act 1959. The synopses that accompanied our commentary on these films has, in Cannibal Error, been greatly reduced. However, we felt it was a shame to lose the original, lengthy synopses entirely. The book you are now reading may be considered a stand-alone publication or a supplement to Cannibal Error. There is no critique here — the synopses are stripped of context, production credits and cast names, and may be considered a nostalgic reverie for those who don’t have the fortitude to sit through the films again but would like an aide-memoire. Alternatively, many of the films are cheap and exploitative — masterclasses of cutting corners — and the brutal logic of their story-lines, when laid bare, makes for entertaining reading. […]

Introduction

The Films

  1. Absurd  
  2. Anthropophagous the Beast  
  3. Axe  
  4. The Beast in Heat
  5. The Beyond
  6. Blood Bath
  7. Blood Feast
  8. Blood Rites
  9. Bloody Moon 
  10. The Bogey Man
  11. The Burning  
  12. Cain’s Cutthroats
  13. Cannibal Apocalypse 
  14. Cannibal Ferox 
  15. Cannibal Holocaust 
  16. The Cannibal Man  
  17. Cannibal Terror  
  18. Contamination
  19. Dead and Buried
  20. Death Trap  
  21. Deep River Savages  
  22. Delirium  
  23. The Devil Hunter 
  24. Don’t Go in the House  
  25. Don’t Go in the Woods 
  26. Don’t Go Near the Park  
  27. Don’t Look in the Basement  
  28. The Driller Killer 
  29. The Evil Dead  
  30. Evilspeak 
  31. Exposé 
  32. Faces of Death  
  33. Fight for your Life  
  34. Forest of Fear 
  35. Frankenstein (Andy Warhol’s)  
  36. Frozen Scream  
  37. The Funhouse  
  38. Gestapo’s Last Orgy  
  39. The House by the Cemetery 
  40. House on the Edge of the Park  
  41. Human Experiments  
  42. I Miss You Hugs & Kisses 
  43. I Spit on Your Grave 
  44. Inferno  
  45. Island of Death 
  46. Killer Nun  
  47. The Last House on the Left 
  48. Late Night Trains 
  49. The Living Dead 
  50. Love Camp 7  
  51. Madhouse 
  52. Mardi Gras Massacre  
  53. Night of the Bloody Apes 
  54. Night of the Demon 
  55. Nightmare Maker 
  56. Nightmares in a Damaged Brain  
  57. Possession 
  58. Pranks  
  59. Prisoner of the Cannibal God 
  60. Revenge of the Bogey Man  
  61. Shogun Assassin 
  62. The Slayer 
  63. Snuff 
  64. SS Experiment Camp 
  65. Tenebrae 
  66. Terror Eyes 
  67. The Toolbox Murders 
  68. Unhinged 
  69. Visiting Hours  
  70. The Werewolf and the Yeti  
  71. The Witch Who Came from the Sea  
  72. Women Behind Bars 
  73. Xtro  
  74. Zombie Creeping Flesh 
  75. Zombie Flesh Eaters 

Film Credits

  • Detailed synopses of the infamous ‘video nasties’, film by film, scene by scene, kill by kill!
  • Authors of the cult film books, Cannibal Error and Killing for Culture.

Title: LAST ORGY BY THE CEMETERY
Subtitle: A ‘Video Nasties’ Synopsis, Film By Shocking Film!
Author: David Kerekes & David Slater
ISBN: 978-1-909394-97-1
Street Date: March 7, 2024
Category: Film 
Retail Price: UK £7.99 
Binding: Digital Only
Size: 240mm x 171mm
Pages: 176
Illos: None

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David Kerekes

DAVID KEREKES co-founded Headpress and its imprint Oil On Water Press. He is author of Mezzogiorno (2012) and Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jörg Buttgereit (1994), co-author of Killing for Culture: An Illustrated History of Death Film from Mondo to Snuff (1994 & 2012) and See No Evil: Banned Films and Video Controversy (2001) and has written extensively on popular culture.

David Slater

DAVID SLATER co-founded Headpress. He has worked as a technician in the electronics and engineering industries, co-authored Killing for Culture (1994 & 2016) and See No Evil: Banned Films and Video Controversy (2000) and has written several articles. His interests include movies, books, open country and forteana.

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