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Release Date:
March 1976 (UK) See more »
Inside, Something so unspeakable no one has lived long enough to scream out its name ! [USA Theatrical] See more »
A paranoid writer (Kier) is unable to get started on his second novel. He hires a secretary (Hayden), and then his troubles really begin. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Stylish Brit-exploitation effort. See more (25 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Udo Kier ... Paul Martin
Linda Hayden ... Linda
Fiona Richmond ... Suzanne
Patsy Smart ... Mrs. Aston
Karl Howman ... Small Youth

Vic Armstrong ... Big Youth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sydney Knight ... Smedley (uncredited)
Brian Smedley-Aston ... Simon Hindstatt (uncredited)

Directed by
James Kenelm Clarke 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Kenelm Clarke 

Produced by
Brian Smedley-Aston .... producer
Paul Raymond .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Steve Gray 
Cinematography by
Dennis C. Lewiston 
Phil Meheux (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Jim Connock 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
Makeup Department
Bunty Phillips .... makeup artist
Production Management
Paul Cowan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Des Salles .... assistant director
Art Department
Bob Hedges .... props
Sound Department
Michael Hickey .... sound
Jim Shields .... sound editor
Hugh Strain .... sound
Colin Wood .... boom operator (as Colin Woods)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... grip
Steve Barron .... assistant camera
Derek Boulter .... chief electrician
Brian Ellis .... focus puller
Jonathan Taylor .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Cyril Simon .... assistant editor
Other crew
Sallianne Branson .... production secretary
Cheryl Leigh .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Exposé" - UK (original title)
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Australia:84 min | UK:82 min (cut version) | USA:84 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | New Zealand:R18 | Singapore:R21 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating, cut) | USA:X | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | West Germany:18

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Udo Kier was dubbed in this film.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Stylish Brit-exploitation effort., 21 May 2009
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Before conducting any research I automatically assumed this film would be a blatant rip-off of the contemporary popular Rape & Revenge exploitation movies. Especially considering the alternate and much more savory-sounding title "House on Straw Hill", I honestly thought it would be a cheap and even sleazier rehash of both "Last House on the Left" and "Straw Dogs". Wrong …though not entirely! Basically, this IS some sort of sex and revenge movie, but not one that is playing in the same type of 70's league. "Exposé" is a more stylish, psychological and ambitious variant on the retaliation-theme, with a slow atmospheric building up and a lot of attention given to decors, locations and choreography. Makes sense, actually, as this is a prominent British production with a decent budget and proper cast including cult B-movie legend Udo Kier ("Flesh for Frankenstein", "Blood for Dracula") and Linda Hayden ("Blood on Satan's Claw", "Madhouse"). Paul Martin is a struggling writer, who's put under a lot of pressure to deliver a second novel because his debut novel was such an unexpectedly immense hit. Paul moved to a quiet and isolated countryside mansion for inspiration, but still struggles with writer's block and personal issues like nightmarish hallucinations when he makes love to his girlfriend. His agent arranges for a typist to come over and help him, but there's something dark and dangerous about this girl. Linda masturbates practically all the time and seems to have come to Paul Martin with a personal vendetta to settle. Try and avoid reading synopsis's around here on the website, as most of them bluntly reveal Linda's intentions and motivations. The story of "Exposé" is simplistic yet highly effective and compelling – albeit a little predictable – and it's an astonishingly beautiful movie to look at. Quite surprising fact that is, seeing the film got included in the infamous list of Video Nasties at one point. The settings and scenery are delightful and James Kenelm Clarke's direction is much more sophisticated than you would expect from this type of cinema. Certain sequences literally ooze with suspense, like when Paul drives his malfunctioning car down a mountain at high speed whilst the mysterious Linda seduces his girlfriend back at the mansion. The body count is rather limited, but the few moments of carnage are quite gruesome. The sex footage is lewd and gratuitous but nothing too extreme. Udo Kier is one handsome looking dude and Linda Hayden is one indescribably hot looking cult siren. Together, they form a fantastically enticing duo. Naturally, there also are a couple of obvious defects and shortcomings, like the underdeveloped character of Suzanne and the disappointing anti-climax in the cornfield.

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