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Art of the Nasty, The (hardback)

Product Details

  • ISBN Code 978-1-903254-57-8
  • Manufacturer FAB Press
  • Stock Level In stock

A stunning visual record of a unique design legacy.

The most comprehensive collection of video nasty and pre-certificate video sleeves ever reproduced in one volume.

FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED. This brand new FAB Press edition has more than 100 new video nasty sleeves, which were not included in the original pressing, to increase the total number of videos covered in the book to almost 450. In addition, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the knowledge gained about this era in the intervening 10 years since the book was first published. And this time the book is in hardback format to ensure its long-lasting durability.

The Art of the Nasty explains and conveys the media furore, fear and the rush for political legislation that greeted the arrival of uncensored horror films on video in the UK. The hysteria was generated and fuelled as much by the sleeves and marketing as by the films themselves. In fact, many of the biggest critics of the 'nasties' only ever saw the sleeves. Some of the early video sleeves are indeed an unbelievably bold and over-the-top mixture of outrageous graphics and in-your-face visual shock tactics, guaranteed to offend.

Banned by an Act of Parliament after a frenzied and hysterical press campaign, the video nasty was deemed at the time to be a threat to society as we know it, even being implicated by career politicians and journalists as a catalyst for murder. The Art of the Nasty reproduces almost 450 pre-certificate video covers in all their lurid glory, from the ludicrous and extreme imagery of SS Experiment Camp and the gross savagery of Cannibal Holocaust to the powerful and confrontational image of a rape victim used to promote I Spit on Your Grave.

Covering the whole gamut of pre-certificate video sleeves, from the 'Official' 39 nasties which were found obscene by the Director of Public Prosecutions through to sleaze epics like Killer Nun and Violation of the Bitch, The Art of the Nasty is an invaluable visual record of a time the mainstream video industry would like to forget.

About the Author

Nigel Wingrove is the founder of Salvation Films and the video labels Redemption, Jezebel and Purgatory. Wingrove began his career as a designer and art director before moving into film direction and distribution. He has consistently opposed the censorship of film intended for an adult audience, most notably with his short work Visions of Ecstasy, which has been banned in the UK on the grounds of blasphemy since 1990. FAB Press published Nigel's book Blood & Dishonour in 2008.

Marc Morris is a renowned expert in the field of exploitation cinema, and has contributed to numerous specialist publications. Morris also runs DVD label Nucleus Films and the website The Cult Movie Forums. He is also the co-host of the lively video nasty internet resource, the Pre-Certification Video website. FAB Press collaborated with Marc to publish the now sold-out video nasty book Shock! Horror! in 2005.

Technical Details

Size: 295mm x 221mm

Binding: Hardback

Extent: 168 pages, illustrated with 400 colour images

ISBN: 978-1-903254-57-8

Publication Date: 11 July 2009

Market: Cinema / Art / Horror / Graphic Design

Weight: 1355g

Edition: First Edition

Cover Price: £19.99 (UK) / $34.95 (US)

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