Born in 1971 in Glasgow (Scotland), I am most definitely a ‘child of the 80’s’. I remember the pilot episodes of The A-Team, Six Million Dollar Man and Knight Rider, and when ‘Video Nasties’ became a grim GRIM reality in the UK.
Scotland is part of the highly wimpish United Kingdom. Hardcore porn is still pretty much illegal here, unless you want to enter a sleazy ‘adult’ store, and if you can find one. Only in the past few years has it been possible to watch the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre on VHS/DVD in the UK. Even the Evil Dead was banned here for many years.
My first experience with horror was a grainy bootleg of Evil Dead. I was probably about thirteen or fourteen at the time and was pretty shocked by it. But, through the years I became desensitised to the horror, and am now a self proclaimed gore-hound.
My later teens were spent watching cheap horror movies, rented from local video shops, what we now call ‘exploitation’ movies. Truth be told, what I used to do was grab three videos and return them same day for a discount. What they didn’t know was that I’d made copies of the tapes to watch later. Ahh… them were the days: ‘jumping’ (copying) videos using two video recorders and an aerial cable.
I’ll let wikipedia explain ‘video nasties’:
“Video nasty” was a term coined in the United Kingdom in the 1980s that originally applied to a number of films distributed on video cassette that were criticised for their violent content by elements in the press and commentators such as Mary Whitehouse. While violence in cinema had been a concern for many years, the lack of a regulatory system for video sales combined with the possibility of any film falling into children’s hands led to new levels of concern. Many of these “video nasties” were low-budget horror films produced in Italy and the United States. The furore created by the moral crusade against video nasties led to the introduction of the UK’s Video Recordings Act 1984 which imposed a stricter code of censorship on videos than was required for cinema release. Several major studio productions ended up being banned on video, falling afoul of legislation that was designed to control the distribution of video nasties. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_nasty
So, as you can imagine, being a horror fan, in the 80s, in the UK was pretty crappy. Then came the internet! With the advent of the internet almost all my favourite movies are available twenty-four hours a day. With a click of a button I can see a trailer, or review, of a particular movie then *ahem* ‘acquire’ it for viewing.
Vive la Internet!