Were video age restrictions ever enforced in the 80's?



I am now in my late 30's and I can remember when video's were first introduced to the mainstream - VHS, Betamax and we even had a v2000. Anyway, in the UK watching an 18(x) or 15(AA) certificate movie at the cinema was near impossible if you weren't old enough just as it is now but renting videos was a different matter. I don't remember how my parents reacted or if I even told them but the age restrictions were almost never enforced at video rental stores. I rented and watched Zombie Flesheaters, Dawn of the Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre etc. and the certificate just seemed to be an advisory thing rather than a legal issue. I was wondering if anybody remembers or has any thoughts on this?

Bram Hengeveld

RaceDepartment Founder
Dec 26, 2006
I can remember that I saw Nightmare on Elmstreet at somebodies birthday party at really young age on VHS, so I think not actually.

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