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Really Awful Movies: Ep 193 – Video Nasties



On this special episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we delve into the Video Nasties phenomenon.

The term “video nasty” was a Brit colloquialism which has its genesis in the early 80s, coinciding with the slasher boom. It originally referred to films distributed on VHS that were heavily criticized for their violent content.

Some of the films were cut to be able to get a release, while some distributors felt the full brunt of the law.

On this episode, we break down some of our favorite (and not so favorite) films from the Video Nasty canonical 72, including Anthropophagus, The Last House on the Left, Bloodfeast, Don’t Go Near the Park, Cannibal Ferox, The Driller Killer and others.

We’ve covered lots of these films already on the podcast (such as Don’t Answer the Phone, etc), but have never fully broken down how this came about. We LOVE these movies, and even something as dreadful as Don’t Go Near the Park, is hella fun. One of these days, we’ll have crossed all these films off our bucket list.

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Really Awful Movies: Ep 192 – Don’t Go Near the Park



A truly baffling exposition-fest, coming-of-age, caveman /cannibal curse/vampire movie, Don’t Gear Near the Park is one of the more odd cinematic experiences one can have in the realm of horror.

It fulfilled two criteria for review on this site: a) it was a Video Nasty, and b) it had “don’t” in the title, a subset of films one of us refers to as “admonition movies.”

A caveman sibling duo, is cursed with advanced aging. And the only way to slow down the runaway train of wrinkles, is to…feast on the entrails of victims…in a park…And to fully alleviate the curse, the brother half (Gar) has to father a child, on whom both he and his caveman sister can feed. Full points for originality.

Fast-forward 12,000 years to present day California, and Gar has changed his name, and found his betrothed (played by Linnea Quigley, scream queen extraordinaire). She gives birth to a girl, Bondi, who is the apple of Gar’s eye. Will Gar feed on his offspring? Will the curse be lifted? Does any of this make a lick of sense?

But this isn’t even a coming-of-age tale about Bondi. Don’t Go Near the Park features child actor Meeno Peluce as a runaway, Nick, who befriends a curmudgeonly writer, played by Aldo Ray (seemingly there to provide endless exposition about strange curses…and so the old guy can drone on about the park in question, while mentoring the kid).

Featuring some dollar store bloodletting, day-for-night continuity issues, appalling hair/makeup effects, a narrative that makes Umberto Eco’s body of work look like A Cat in the Hat, this is one BIZARRE BIZARRE film.

Check it out!