Top Eight Most Gruesome Video Nasty Covers.

In the days of  the Video Nasty saga, most of the initial judgments against a film were due to the artwork on the VHS cover for the film. These lurid images of gore and grue were enough for some to deem a film vile or not fit for human consumption. While some of these covers offered something that the film could never deliver, that did not mean that the artwork was not still shocking. So, with that in mind, below are the eight most shocking VHS covers of the Video Nasty era. They may be shocking for different reasons, but they achieved their aim, which was to be seen by the public.

8 – Snuff

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While this one may not look particularly shocking at first, it is the combination of the title with the tag line that brought the wrath of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). With the film claiming to be a genuine snuff movie, which it was not, it gave rise to the idea that there were real snuff movies available and caused the DPP to be even harsher. This idea of real snuff movies being available really hurt a lot of films on the DPP list during the Video Nasty period.

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7 – The Bogey Man

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Blood streaming down a priest! Pitchforks through a throat! Scissors in a throat! How could this not have gained a level of notoriety? It is a shame that this was ever on the banned list, as it is one of the better movies from the Video Nasty era. With the lurid images on the cover, it is no surprise that it gained the fury of the DPP. This is an example of trying to get people interested instantly purely from the cover. Gore and horror. It has it all.

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6 – SS Experiment Camp

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Come on, this was always going to be a sure fire controversy magnet. A half naked girl crucified upside down. That image, mixed with the title itself was almost like the company were trying too hard. Especially when you consider how tame and dull the movie actually is. There were far more shocking examples in the nazi-sploitation sub-genre, such as Love Camp 7 or Gestapo’s Last Orgy, but none had a cover as controversial as SS Experiment Camp.

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5 – Cannibal Terror

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In a genre with more well known examples, such as Cannibal Ferox, Deep River Savages and Cannibal Holocaust, which may itself be making a later appearance on this list, Cannibal Terror is a much lesser known movie. But that does not make its cover any less gruesome. It is people eating people, with loads of blood all over. It is an image that would certainly grab the eye. Cannibal Terror did not remain on the Video Nasty list for long, but you can be certain that the cover was a large part of why it ended there at all.

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4 – Nightmares In A Damaged Brain

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Gore, gore and more gore. It has dismembered heads and pools of blood. Also, it proudly wears its X rating on its sleeve. Nightmares actually holds a distinction of being the only movie on the Video Nasty list which caused someone to go to prison. The distributor refused to cut one second of footage from the movie and was given an 18 month prison sentence. These days, it is available uncut, but the cover is still fairly shocking.

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3 – I Spit On Your Grave

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Now we are into the top three. In the bronze medal position is I Spit On Your Grave. When you factor in the tag line, which mentions men being chopped, cut and burned and then mix that with the image of the half naked woman, with cuts, bruises and carrying a knife, this was always going to be problematic. When the DPP put the film on the list, it was of no surprise, considering the extended gang rape scene, which is still shocking today.

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2 – Cannibal  Holocaust

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The poster boy for the Video Nasties, this image was constantly used by the press when they were discussing the hideous, corrupting power of the films on the DPP list. The image is without a doubt shocking. Its aim is to shock and appall. But, for horror fans, this was a must watch after seeing this cover. A dreadful, monstrous drawing of a feral human tearing into a handful of entrails. A classic cover of the era.

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1 – The Driller Killer

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How could it be anything else? The title crossed with the image of the blood pouring from the open wound caused by a drill going into a poor victim’s forehead was and still is one of the most shocking images of the era. Even the tagline, talking about blood running in rivers and flesh being torn helped its caused. But again, this image alone would have been enough to gain notoriety and the anger of the DPP. Which is why it takes the top spot on this list.

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