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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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  (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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Additional Details

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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Along with The Evil Dead (1981) and The Driller Killer (1979), this was branded a "video nasty".See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Unusual, surprising...very nearly a cult film, 13 September 2008
Author: michael-1151 from United Kingdom

Intended as a cheap sexploitation/horror film, made for only £50,000, it's interesting to discover what became of Expose - and consider what it might have been. The plot is good - better than an average episode of The Avengers, anyway. A writer (Udo Kier) rents a detached farmhouse in Essex and hires a secretary (Linda Hayden) to type his somewhat improbable manuscript.

There are low ceilings, claustrophobic surrounds and a small ensemble of performers including Fiona Richmond, who, as Kier's girlfriend, stimulates him so much that during intimacy with her, he feels the need to wear latex gloves. It all augurs well, the soundtrack's good too and I was pleased to see a vignette from talented Karl Howman, who I first saw in the exceptional National Youth Theatre production of Zigger Zagger.

The sex isn't outrageous by today's standards - though not quite the sort of thing you'd come across in Last of the Summer Wine. Funnily enough, I first discovered this film due to an innocuous appearance of Linda Hayden in another sitcom, Some Mother's Do 'Ave Em.

Her role in this is not dissimilar to that of Susan George in Straw Dogs; on one occasion, as she towers over her drunken employer, lying on the floor staring up at her, panic-stricken, I felt distinctly uneasy. Coming from Stanmore, near to where I grew up, she might at least have considered towering over me, after an evening of inebriation in a pub near the end of the Northern Line. Charlotte Rampling, a fellow actress from the neighbourhood, who appeared in The Night Porter, amongst other things, became a much bigger star. Linda could - and perhaps should - have emulated her. She was apparently disappointed Fiona Richmond enjoyed star billing on the posters and that the film was advertised as a skinflick. Fair enough, but perennial masturbation was not depicted so much in mainstream films in those days (these days, it's almost compulsory, although most associated with American boys in teenage coming of age movies).

Suffice to say, with a little bit more suspense, erotica and sensuality rather than sex and perhaps one more twist, this could have been a Witchfinder General or Wicker Man. Perhaps. As it is, it's interesting, worth a look and in the end, hangs together rather well.

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