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House of Whipcord
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March 1975 (USA) See more »
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Their beautiful bodies defiled by the ultimate immoral atrocity! See more »
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An old man that lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Quite an accomplishment See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Barbara Markham ... Mrs. Wakehurst
Patrick Barr ... Justice Bailey
Ray Brooks ... Tony
Ann Michelle ... Julia
Sheila Keith ... Walker
Dorothy Gordon ... Bates
Robert Tayman ... Mark E. Desade
Ivor Salter ... Jack
Karan David ... Karen
Celia Quicke ... Denise
Ron Smerczak ... Ted
Tony Sympson ... Henry
Judy Robinson ... Claire
Jane Hayward ... Estelle

Celia Imrie ... Barbara
Barry Martin ... Al
Rose Hill ... Henry's Wife
Dave Butler ... Ticket Collector
Penny Irving ... Ann-Marie Di Verney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David McGillivray ... Caven (uncredited)
Denis Tinsley ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Pete Walker ... Cyclist (uncredited)

Directed by
Pete Walker 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
David McGillivray 
Pete Walker  story

Produced by
Pete Walker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Jessop 
 
Film Editing by
John Black 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Pickwoad  (as Mike Pickwoad)
 
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George Partleton .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Edward Dorian .... production manager
Matt McCarthy .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Hamilton .... second assistant director
Brian Lawrence .... first assistant director
 
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Tony Anscombe .... dubbing mixer
Chris Munro .... boom operator
Peter O'Connor .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Davis .... gaffer
Peter Sinclair .... camera operator
 
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Stanley Myers .... conductor
 
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John Metcalfe .... follow focus
Leigh Taylor .... production secretary
 

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Also Known As:
"Stag Model Slaughter" - USA (reissue title)
"The Photographer's Models" - USA (reissue title)
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USA:102 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Australia:R | France:-16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Norway:(Banned) (1977-2003) (cinema release) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:Not Rated (BPjM restricted)

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Peggy Cummins auditioned for the role of Mrs. Wakehurst, but didn't get the role because Pete Walker thought she looked too attractive and hence was wrong for the part.See more »
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Jack:[looking at back of newspaper] Osgood rocks Spurs, eh?
Customer seated in cafe:Two in the first half, and another five minutes from time.
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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Quite an accomplishment, 26 February 2005
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

A disgraced prison governess and a retired judge decide that the English court system has become too lenient so they turn their isolated country estate into a brutal prison that seems to exclusively house sexy young women who have violated "the public morality". The couple's bastard son, using the very unsubtle pseudonym "Mark E. DeSade", lures the unsuspecting girls to the house where they are stripped, whipped, and eventually hanged for committing even the most minor infractions. This seems like an especially nasty WIP flick, and it is in many ways--it includes, for instance, one cruelly ironic scene where a dumb lorry driver brings a delirious girl who has just escaped the prison estate BACK there thinking it is a private hospital.

But this film is much more darkly intelligent and effectively crafted than any WIP film. It has much more on its mind than crass titillation. It is no less than a thinly veiled attack on the reactionaries and right-wing moralists that were rising to power in Britain (and later America) at the time the film was released. Like the Mary Beth Whiteheads and Margaret Thatchers who railed against public immorality while having tea and crumpets with mass murderers like Chile's Augusto Pinochet, the moralistic couple in this movie are enraged by minor moral transgressions but apparently have no qualms at all about torture and murder. They're also blatant hypocrites--their own son was born out of wedlock and the mother's creepy relationship with him is Oedipal to say the least. As in "Frightmare" the wife/warden is the especially insane one while the judge/husband is weak-willed and so senile he thinks he's signing release orders when he's actually signing death sentences.

What's most fascinating about this movie though was the way the people it attacks reacted to it at the time. While all Pete Walker's earlier sexploitation and horror movies had been virulently attacked by censors and conservative film critics, this movie was well-reviewed and very successful (even though it has just as much nudity and even more violence than other Walker films). Perhaps, the moralists enjoyed seeing promiscuous young people get their comeuppance, or perhaps they just didn't grasp the irony (and it delicious irony--the lead character is basically sentenced to death for appearing naked in public for monetary gain, a "crime" pretty much every young actress in THIS movie is guilty of!). This movie shows just how warped, hypocritical, and above all stupid censors and right-wing moralists really are. Yet they apparently liked it! That is quite an accomplishment.

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