Episode 35: Censorship in Horror – The Hays Code, the Demise of Horror Comics, & Video Nasties

We examine censorship in horror with a detailed look at the Hays Code, the demise of horror comics, and the video nasties era!


The Hays Code

The History of Hollywood Censorship and the the Ratings System” – Filmmaker IQ

Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema 1930-1934 by Thomas Doherty

Hollywood’s Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration by Thomas Doherty

The Celluloid Closet, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

“Morals, Markets, and ‘Horror Pictures’: The Rise of Universal Pictures and the Hollywood Production Code.” by Kyle Edwards, Oakland University

The Demise of Horror Comics

Tales From the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television

The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You To Read by Jim Trombetta

Censors and Sensibility: RIP, Comics Code Seal of Approval, 1954-2011” by Glen Weldon, NPR

RIP The Comics Code Authority” by Douglas Wolk, Time

Video Nasties

Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship, and & Violence (available on Shudder)

Video Nasties: Draconian Days (available on Shudder)

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