Censor finds eerie horror in an ‘80s moral panic

Censor finds eerie horror in an ‘80s moral panic


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Censorship is the bane of artists, but it’s also a grudging compliment — because being a devoted censor requires believing that art has power. That belief is the dark heart of Censor, a horror film about the horror film world’s most infamous moral panic.

Censor, which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this week, is the feature debut from Welsh director Prano Bailey-Bond. It’s set in 1980s Britain during the height of the “video nasties” controversy, which saw…

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