Mr. Nasty is the anonymous "face" of Starkweather's films. He is referenced in the instruction manual (or winter/spring catalog as it is printed) by the name "Mr. Nasty".
Mr. Nasty is the financial backer and producer of the snuff ring under his company name; Valiant Video Enterprises. He runs his business under strict scrutiny, selling all manner of things from gimp masks to snuff movies from the hunts.
His name is a possible reference to an incident that occured in London in 1994. A man named Tom Halloran was caught selling banned videos such as Faces of Death to children; the tabloid newspaper News of the World reported the story with the headline "Mr. Nasty Sells Death Videos to our Kids". As this article was later reprinted in at least one book covering the British "video nasty" scare, the Manhunt developers could conceivably have come across it in their research.
- ↑ Kerekes, David; Slater, David 2000: See No Evil: Banned Films and Video Controversy. P.297