Trash or Treasure
Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties


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Trash or Treasure
Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties

by Kate Egan (Author)
Eric Schaefer (Series Edited)
Mark Jancovich (Series Edited)



ISBN: 9780719072338


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Trash or treasure is a wide-ranging historical study of the British circulation of the video nasties - A term that was originally coined to ban a group of horror videos in Britain in the 1980s but which continues to have cultural resonance in Britain up to the present day.

By examining the discourses that inform the circulation of a group of banned films (including the growth of DVD, the internet and the academic rehabilitation of horror films), the book argues that censorship is not just about rules and regulations, but also about the material, cultural and commercial consequences of a censorhsip act of law. It will be of great interest to lecturers and students of film, popular culture and the media, as well as enthusiasts of horror films and those interested in film censorship debates.


ISBN 719072336
ISBN13 9780719072338
Publisher Manchester University Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/04/2012
Pages 286
Weight (grammes) 369
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 216
Width (mm) 138

Introduction: the video nasties and the consequences of censorship. Producing the nasties
The British art of policing cultural boundaries: the legacy of British horror film reviewing
Reconsidering 'the plague years': the marketing of the video nasties
A 'real horror show': the video nasty press campaign. Cults, collectors and cultural memory
Mapping out the territory of a fan culture: video nasties and the British horror magazine
Facts, lists and memories: 'masculine' identities and video nasty websites
The celebration of a 'proper product': exploring video collecting through the video nasties Re-releases and re-evaluations
Previously banned: remarketing the nasties as retro products
Low or high?
Film Four, film festivals and the nasties
Conclusion: the nasties, British film culture and cross-cultural reception