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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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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:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | 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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This was the only British made film to appear on the original DPP 72 list of video nasties and even made the final 39.See more »
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Deserves to be seen outside the UK, 26 March 2010
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

As others have said this is the only British-made film to have been banned in Britain during the "video nasty" scandal. Ironically, all the other films that the British government tried to ban are extremely popular today in Britain , even though most of them are completely worthless dreck (i.e. "The Dorm that Dripped Blood", "Forest of Fear"). But this film, while popular in Britain, is virtually unknown outside of the UK unfortunately--the idiot British censor only really managed to effectively ban one of the halfway-decent "nasties" from the rest of the world.

The movie features Udo Kier as a weird neurotic writer who wears rubber gloves (but apparently not a condom) during sex. Linda Hayden plays a psychotic secretary he hires, who seems to have some very dark ulterior motives. Kier is always pretty good, even if this isn't one of his best performances. Hayden though is GREAT. She has often expressed regret about this role, perhaps because for a RADA-trained actress, she spends a lot of time naked and/or masturbating. She also takes a lesbian roll in the hay with Kier's statuesque girlfriend (Fiona Richmond), and gets raped "Straw Dogs"-style by two local yokels (perhaps this might partly explain the alternate title), but right afterward she turns into Camille Keaton in "I Spit on Your Grave" (although this movie was actually made before that one). It's kind of hard to complain though that the lovely, lovely Linda Hayden would appear in such sexually graphic role, but really any number of actresses could have done THAT. None of them, however, could have equaled her performance here as a scary psychotic minx.

Strangely, the original British release of this was called "Expose" and prominently featured Richmond, not Hayden or Keir, in the promotional material, even though she is barely in the movie and couldn't act to save her life. At least, her hot sex scenes with Hayden and with a be-gloved Udo Kier are memorable. (Hell, today, in America at least, they'll take some talent-free pin-up queen like Richmond give her a much bigger part in a much more lame movie and then NOT have her even take her clothes off, so everyone will "take her seriously as an actress". Baaah!) This isn't a great movie (and I prefer the alternate title "House on Straw Hill"), but it's definitely a very decent Brit exploitation film and one of the few "video nasties" that really DESERVES to be seen outside the UK.

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