Box Of The Banned


It’s missing maybe a Maniac, but otherwise Anchor Bay’s merry box of grot serves well as a gorehound’s greatest hits: skewered eyeballs; tree rapes; severed penises; lobotomised tramps and a tooled-up Big Chin ticks pretty much every box on the ’70s and ’80s ‘video nasty’ hitlist.

Of the six, two (The Evil Dead, Zombie Flesh-Eaters) still remain corkers in spite of the age gap. Two (The Last House On The Left, The Driller Killer) still pack an undeniable sicko punch but are now showing serious signs of genre crows’ feet and the other two (I Spit On Your Grave, Nightmare In A Damaged Brain) we could have always done without – the former being misogynist dreck posing as revenge schlock, the latter a camp, kiddie chopathon. Regardless of the mismatched hatchet job, though, and despite the fact that all of these titles have been available uncut to this extent on DVD before, the odd excised second doesn’t diminish from the extensive pile-up of nostalgic nightmares.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 26th 2005

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