Video Nasties: Draconian Days ★★★★

My sincere condolences to all of my British friends who had to endure the "Draconian Days."

By the time I was about 10 years old, I had already seen loads of R-rated horror films. I am so damn glad the moral panic never reached any of my Mom's morning TV-shows, she probably wouldn't have bought all those Child's Play, Friday the 13th and Evil Dead movies for me when I was a kid, and she probably would have removed my VCR from my bedroom and unsubscribed to cable, or, even worse, stripped me of the video rental card. But, maybe not, I was often rewarded for good report cards with subscriptions to Fangoria, but that didn't start until I was 12 or 13 (lol). Interestingly enough, my younger brother wasn't allowed to watch R-rated films until he was 16, maybe my Mom felt like she failed me? Or helped create a monster?

Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide director Jake West has brought us a sequel to Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape which further explores the days following the video nasties. The villain in the first documentary is Mary Whitehouse and now we are faced with the mad-film-mutilator, James Ferman in Draconian Days. Video Nasties: Draconian Days also focuses on the underground network of bootlegging video collectors, raids of VHS owners, the unfounded Child's Play 3 controversy and Ferman's mortal fear of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

I'm looking forward to checking out all of the trailers and their introductions on the second and third disc of the DVD set!

On a side note, I was reading an old back issue of Screem magazine with an article on Pete Walker where they talk about a short documentary about Sheila Keith called A Nice Old Lady?, I already wanted to seek it out in the extras on the UK Anchor Bay boxet release of Walker's films but I am even more motivated now that I know it's directed by Jake West himself!

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