Box Of The Banned

  |  Buy to Own: 26/09/2005
  |  703 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Collection of six infamous horror films, banned during the 1980s 'video nasty' scare. In 'The Evil Dead' (1980), directed by Sam Raimi, a group of American teenage yuppies on holiday in a remote cabin in the Tennessee mountains discover an old book which, once they have read it, summons up all kinds of horrors. As the trees come alive, evil demonic spirits begin to take over the bodies of the living. In Zombie Flesh Eaters' (1979), after a sailing boat drifts into the Hudson Bay, a blood-covered man emerges from the craft and has to be shot repeatedly before tumbling into the sea. It transpires that the boat belongs to a missing scientist whose daughter, Ann, now sets off to find out what has become of him. Accompanied by journalist Peter West, ethnologist Brian and photographer Susan, Ann sets sail for the region of the Caribbean where her father was last reported alive, but before long is under attack from terrifying flesh-eating zombies. In 'I Spit on Your Grave' (1978), city-dwelling writer Jennifer Hill (Camille Keaton) hires an apartment in the country hoping to find the solitude she needs to finish her novel. What she gets instead is the violent attentions of a bunch of backwood locals, who rape her and leave her for dead. But Jennifer survives and returns to exact a terrible revenge on her attackers. In 'The Driller Killer' (1979), struggling New York artist Reno (director Abel Ferrara) is very much down on his luck. His desperate attempts to complete a painting for sale are frustrated by the punk band next door rehearsing 24 hours a day and the activities of his girlfriend and her lesbian lover. Unable to face up to the situation, Reno goes on a murderous rampage, dispatching his victims with an electric drill. In 'The Last House on the Left' (1972), easy-going Mari Collingwood (Sandra Cassel) and her fun-loving friend Phyllis (Lucy Grantham) are on their way to a Bloodlust concert to celebrate Mari's birthday when three escaped convicts kidnap and torture them. But Mari and Phyllis are fighters, and although they are drugged and beaten unconscious, stuffed into a car trunk and driven into the woods for even more brutality, they are still alive - but for how long? Finally, in 'Nightmares in a Damaged Brain' (1981), mental patient George (Baird Stafford) has recently escaped from hospital and is now wandering the streets experiencing various psychotic and murderous hallucinations. Soon enough he's turning his deadly fantasies into disturbing realities, indiscriminately dispatching all manner of people in a non-stop bonanza of dismemberment and death. But when he comes across one particular family he is suddenly given pause and finds himself mysteriously unable to continue with his random butcherings. What is the strange hold that this family has over maniac George?