A writer struggling with her second novel is terrorised by a homicidal PA.

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When novelist Paula Martin retreats to the seclusion of her family home Crows Hall she hopes to clear her mind and focus on her new book. The arrival of an assistant, Linda, should take the pressure off... but as the bodies pile up, Paula finds herself trapped in a terrifying nightmare of murder and madness. Written by Black and Blue Films

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When Paula Martin wakes up, the nightmare doesn't end...

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Producer Jonathan Sothcott originally approached Martin Kemp to star in a remake of The House On Straw Hill alongside Jane March, Anna Brecon, Victoria Silvstedt and Patrick Bergin. When the film fell apart, Sothcott and Kemp teamed up and came up with this version. See more »

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Linda: Your an artist... your sensitive to your surrondings... and what beautiful surrondings they are
Linda: [on rewritting Paula's draft] You said it was like one of those books in Oxfam nobody wants to read
Linda: [ordering Paula to dissmiss her staff] It's me or them... and WITHOUT ME... WE'RE FUCKED
Linda: [writting] Hate! What is hate? An emotion that eats away at your soul till there's nothing left? Burns a hole in your heart? That seeps poison into your veins? Self loathing is the most painful addiction! Disrespects ...
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Not bad, but rather odd and misguided remake of a movie most people have never seen
27 May 2013 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is an (oddly unacknowledged) re-make of the 1970's film "House on Straw Hill". The gender of the protagonist has been changed to female, but the same basic plot remains--a blocked writer, who is trying to finish a novel, hires a sinister secretary, who quickly takes over both her book and her life (and casually murders several people). The ending of this movie though goes in quite a bit different direction.

The movie was directed by Martin Kemp, who is mostly known for his acting and music. The original "House on Straw Hill" was the only British film to be labeled as a "video nasty" during the infamous British censorship hysteria of the early 80's (most of the other banned "nasties" were Italian cannibal films or obscure American horror flicks). It was banned not because it really had that much violence or that much sex, but what the authorities considered to be an unhealthy combination of the two. Oddly, this remake has less violence and far less sex than the 70's version.

The cast is interesting. Udo Kier, who played the protagonist in the original is sorely missed, but Linda Hayden, who originally played the sexy psycho secretary gets a cameo role as the housekeeper (which is odd since she has had nothing good to say about the original film over the years). Her former role meanwhile is played by Jane March, who has had a remarkably similar career to Hayden. Both appeared in notorious erotically-themed films as teenagers ("The Lover" and "Color of Night" for March and "Baby Love" and "Blood on Satan's Claw" for Hayden) that may have hindered their later careers (March has done little work since the 1990's while most of Hayden's later work was in goofy sex comedies and a cameo role in "Boys from Brazil"). March is not nearly as good as Hayden in this role, neither as sexy nor as deliciously evil, but I think Hayden was just a much better actress (extremely underrated actually).

Frankly, this whole project is a very strange undertaking since the original film is still essentially MIA in Britain and is only getting a DVD release in America this year. And the remake doesn't even use either title of the original (which is better known as "Expose" in Britain), but goes with the bland title "Stalker" (actually, also the title of great Tarkovsky film). The movie itself isn't bad, but this whole project seems very odd and misguided.


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