During scenes at the local picture-house, posters of A Clockwork Orange (1971) adorn the theater but based on what the characters view and what is mentioned as showing, A Clockwork Orange (1971) is not a film that is actually playing at that cinema.
This film is one of two Australian movies made during the mid 1970s and early 1980s that featured as its storyline the murder by a serial killer of women in rural Australia. The other film was Road Games (1981).
George Mallaby received top / first billing, John Waters received second billing for the film. This is also the case for Australian DVD covers though original theatrical material reversed this billing.
This movie was the sixth production of Melbourne-based Australian production house Hexagon Productions which functioned as Tim Burstall's production company for films distributed in Australia by the Village Roadshow organization.
Debuting in cinemas just after Christmas 1975 and at the beginning of January 1976, this film actually wasn't released theatrically until almost a year after principal photography had been completed in January 1975.
This movie was cast with two leads who had been very well known to Australian audiences at the time from appearing in successful Australian television series. George Mallaby had been starring in Homicide (1964) and The Box (1974) whilst John Waters had been starring in Rush (1974).
Australian theatrical movie posters featured the blurbs: "The last chilling piece falls into place in END PLAY. It's a heart stopping experience in the Hitchcock tradition" and "It's a great night's entertainment as the plot fits together like a jigsaw puzzle . . . right up until the last piece falls into place".
Writer-director-producer Tim Burstall defended this filmed adaptation of the non-Australian 'End Play' novel by Australian-born Russell Braddon by stating in a press release that the characters had very Australian qualities. Burstall said that the film had "a kind of directness and fairness that . . is unlikely to be found in an English context".
Actress Delvene Delaney, who plays the hitchhiker, only really appears live for one sequence in this film which is at the start. All the rest of her screen time Delaney appears as a corpse. However, Delaney's footage from the film used in the trailer is quite substantial and her appearance in the trailer represents a far greater proportion of screen time in the trailer than she has in comparison to amount of screen time she actually appears in the film in.