The DPP 39 (UK Video Nasties)

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These are the 39 controversial films banned from sale in the UK by the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) under the Video Recordings Act of 1984. The films were banned in response to a right-wing media fury spearheaded by the campaigner Mary Whitehouse (1910-2001) who popularised Sunday Times journalist Peter Chippendale's phrase "Video Nasty" despite never having watched any of the films themselves.

In the years that followed, several of these movies were released either cut or uncut, whilst the others have either not been granted a certificate; or no distributor has since requested one.

Not included here are:
- films originally banned at the same time as the Video Nasties, but never prosecuted, such as The Evil Dead.
- films often believed to have been part of the DPP 39, including A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist, Straw Dogs, Ilsa She-Wolf of the SS and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - all of which were unavailable in the UK for other reasons.

The DPP 39 list is a matter of quintessential bad taste. In most cases, don't expect great movies, but check out what the fuss was all about!

See also the documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010).

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    Rosso sangue

    1981 — a.k.a. Absurd, in 0 top lists Check
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    Antropophagus

    1980 — a.k.a. Man Beast, in 0 top lists Check
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    Lisa, Lisa

    1974 — a.k.a. Axe, in 0 top lists Check
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    La bestia in calore

    1977 — a.k.a. The Beast in Heat, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ecologia del delitto

    1971 — a.k.a. A Bay of Blood, in 2 top lists Check
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    Blood Feast

    1963, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Ghastly Ones

    1968 — a.k.a. Blood Rites, in 0 top lists Check
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    Die Säge des Todes

    1981 — a.k.a. Bloody Moon, in 1 top list Check
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    The Burning

    1981, in 2 top lists Check
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    Apocalypse domani

    1980 — a.k.a. Cannibal Apocalypse, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cannibal ferox

    1981 — a.k.a. Cannibal Ferox, in 4 top lists Check
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    Cannibal Holocaust

    1980, in 5 top lists Check
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    La semana del asesino

    1972 — a.k.a. The Cannibal Man, in 1 top list Check
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    El caníbal

    1980 — a.k.a. Devil Hunter, in 0 top lists Check
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    Don't Go in the Woods

    1981, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Driller Killer

    1979, in 2 top lists Check
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    Evilspeak

    1981, in 0 top lists Check
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    Exposé

    1976 — a.k.a. Trauma, in 0 top lists Check
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    Faces of Death

    1978, in 2 top lists Check
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    Fight for Your Life

    1977 — a.k.a. Blood Bath at 1313 Fury Road, in 1 top list Check
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    Flesh for Frankenstein

    1973 — a.k.a. Andy Warhol's Frankenstein, in 2 top lists Check
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    Bloodeaters

    1980 — a.k.a. Blood Butchers, in 0 top lists Check
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    L'ultima orgia del III Reich

    1977 — a.k.a. The Gestapo's Last Orgy, in 0 top lists Check
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    Quella villa accanto al cimitero

    1981 — a.k.a. The House by the Cemetery, in 1 top list Check
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    La casa sperduta nel parco

    1980 — a.k.a. House on the Edge of the Park, in 1 top list Check
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    Day of the Woman

    1978 — a.k.a. I Spit on Your Grave, in 3 top lists Check
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    Island of Death

    1976, in 1 top list Check
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    The Last House on the Left

    1972, in 4 top lists Check
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    Love Camp 7

    1969, in 0 top lists Check
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    There Was a Little Girl

    1981 — a.k.a. Madhouse, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mardi Gras Massacre

    1978, in 0 top lists Check
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    La horripilante bestia humana

    1969 — a.k.a. Night of the Bloody Apes, in 0 top lists Check
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    Night of the Demon

    1983, in 0 top lists Check
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    Nightmare

    1981, in 1 top list Check
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    Snuff

    1975 — a.k.a. American Cannibale, in 1 top list Check
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    Lager SSadis Kastrat Kommandantur

    1976 — a.k.a. SS Experiment Love Camp, in 0 top lists Check
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    Tenebre

    1982 — a.k.a. Tenebrae, in 4 top lists Check
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    La maldición de la bestia

    1975 — a.k.a. Night of the Howling Beast, in 0 top lists Check
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    Zombi 2

    1979 — a.k.a. Zombie, in 4 top lists Check
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