COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Taboo Tales Review

Updated: 09/12/2013 1:21 PM By: Heidi Enninga

Photo courtesy of Millcreek Entertainment
Photo courtesy of Millcreek Entertainment

Back in the '30s, '40s and '50s, a series of movies were made to scare and warn the public about the effects of drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling and other addictions.

At the time, the movies were shocking and the filmmakers were very serious about their films and thought that they were educating people about all of the dangerous new influences.

Over the years, these types of films have become cult classics and are very amusing to watch.

Mill Creek Entertainment has just released a great movie collection that features 12 of these entertaining films called “Taboo Tales.”

The films are very dated and the quality of the films is pretty good considering that these films are more than 80 years old.  They are also all in black and white.

Each movie is just over an hour long, so they are pretty short.

The message in most of these films is that if you try drugs and alcohol you will get addicted, and they will ruin your life.  They will also lead to crime and even death.

The films that are in “Taboo Tales” are:
“Reefer Madness (1936),” “Test Tube Babies (1948),” “Delinquent Daughters (1944),” “Mad Youth (1940),” “The Cocaine Fiends (1936),” “The Marijuana Menace (1937),” “Chained For Life (1951),” “Sex Madness (1938),” “The Terror of Tiny Town (1938),” “Gambling With Souls (1936),” “”The Wild and Wicked (1956),” and “She Shoulda’ Said No!.”

The only film in the collection that I had seen before was “Reefer Madness.”  I really thought it was very interesting and entertaining the first time I had seen it, so it was fun to watch it again.

I had heard of a few movies in the collection like “Cocaine Fiend” and “Mad Youth,” but I had never had the opportunity to see them until now.

I really thought that Mill Creek Entertainment’s “Taboo Tales” was a great collection of movies.  I think that it’s fun to watch movies that were made back in the ‘30s and ‘40s because you get a feel of how people lived back then.  Like I mentioned before, back in the ‘30s and ‘40s there were new drugs and new temptations, and it was neat to see how the filmmakers tried to warn people of how dangerous these new temptations were.  I really think that the movies in “Taboo Tales” are very interesting to watch.  So, if you are looking for something completely different to watch, I would highly recommend that you check this collection of movies out.

More on Mill Creek Entertainment here.

Aaron Chalich is a columnist with writing about entertainment news.