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John Kruse (screenplay)
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March 1976 (USA) See more »
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A family plots to take its revenge on the man who raped and murdered their daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Joan Collins ... Carol Radford
James Booth ... Jim Radford

Ray Barrett ... Harry

Sinéad Cusack ... Rose
Kenneth Griffith ... Seely
Tom Marshall ... Lee Radford
Zuleika Robson ... Jill Radford
Donald Morley ... Inspector
Barry Andrews ... Sergeant
Artro Morris ... Jacko
Patrick McAlinney ... George
Angus MacKay ... Priest

Geoffrey Hughes ... Brewery Driver, Fred
Nicola Critcher ... Lucy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Carroll ... Undertaker (uncredited)
Ronald Clarke ... Brewer's Driver Mate (uncredited)
Richard Holden ... Pub Customer (uncredited)
Basil Lord ... Walter - Sales Representative (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Hayers 
Writing credits
John Kruse (screenplay)

Produced by
George H. Brown .... producer
Peter Rogers .... executive producer
Original Music by
Eric Rogers 
Cinematography by
Ken Hodges (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anthony Palk 
Art Direction by
Lionel Couch 
Set Decoration by
Peter Howitt  (as Peter James Howitt)
Costume Design by
Courtenay Elliott 
Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist (as Bill Partleton)
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
Production Management
Tony Wallis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stuart Freeman .... assistant director
Art Department
William Alexander .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
J.W.N. Daniel .... sound recordist
William Trent .... dubbing editor (as Bill Trent)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tommy Fletcher .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margaret Lewin .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Vi Murray .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Music Department
Eric Rogers .... conductor
Other crew
Ene Watts .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Revenge" - UK (original title)
"Behind the Cellar Door" - USA (video title)
"Terror from Under the House" - USA (video title)
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89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Norway:15 | Norway:18 (original rating) | UK:X | UK:18 | USA:PG

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
It can happen in the heat of the moment., 5 September 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

After the funeral of their young daughter, the family learns that the man who was suspected for rape and murder is let go because of the lack of evidence. The father, along with his older son and friend whose daughter was also killed by the same man devise a plan to kidnap and hopefully get the confession out of him. However things turn bad, when one slip after another leads to them turning on each other and having second thoughts that maybe they've got the wrong man.

There's potential there, but the compact, stiff script doesn't really tap into it enough and leaves plenty of the looming heavy-handed themes high and dry. Emotionally the film makes a huge dent, but more so in a bleakly intense and serious tone. The film itself is pretty fundamental and scandalously melodramatic as it rears it ugly head into brusque crudeness. Watching the characters lose control of the situation, and going on to tear each other apart as the misguided kidnapping triggers a disastrous domino effect is strangely gripping and at times rather uneasy. One interesting moment sees an unusual state of sexual tension between two characters, which has you thinking, was there something there before it erupted. Maybe it goes too over-the-top, and in doing so loses some creditability. Sidney Hayers' direction is efficiently workman-like, with little in the way of style, but he manages to draw up a tautly knitted atmosphere and milks out a few ample shocks. The violence and sexual context might not be explicit, but it's gritty and in what matters effective. Ken Hodges' sturdy camera-work is intrusively lensed and Eric Rogers' miss-guided musical score comes off daftly staged. The performances fall into the overacting category, but come off committed. Joan Collins who's no stranger to that tag, is gracefully fine and gives it her all. An edgy James Booth scorns about, and delivers a serviceable job with a complicated character trying to overcome his anger, which eventuates to guilt. Ray Barrett, Tom Marshall, Kenneth Griffith and the gorgeously rich Sinéad Cusack also star with tolerable turns.

There's flaws, but it's decently done to make it a passable cliff-hanger thriller.

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