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Trauma (1976)

Exposé (original title)
R | | Thriller | March 1976 (UK)
A paranoid writer is unable to get started on his second novel. He hires a secretary and then his troubles really begin.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Udo Kier ... Paul Martin
Linda Hayden ... Linda
Fiona Richmond Fiona Richmond ... Suzanne
Patsy Smart ... Mrs. Aston
Karl Howman Karl Howman ... Small Youth
Vic Armstrong ... Big Youth
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A novelist (Udo Kier) hires a quiet British country house so that he can work on finishing his latest novel. His agent arranges for a secretary to stay with him, in order to speed up its completion (played by Linda Hayden). However, this turns out to be a big mistake when she reveals that she has actually come to kill him for stealing the manuscript for his last novel from her husband, which drove him to suicide. The housekeeper, Kier's girlfriend (played by 70's sex superstar Fiona Richmond) and 2 local thugs all meet horrific ends as Hayden goes on her killing spree. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Inside, Something so unspeakable no one has lived long enough to scream out its name ! [USA Theatrical] See more »

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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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UK

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English

Release Date:

March 1976 (UK) See more »

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Trauma See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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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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Suzanne's death was slightly trimmed of some bloodflow. See more »

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Drinks On The Terrace
Composed by Steve Gray
Performed by The Steve Gray Orchestra
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Tawdry but interesting
13 February 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

EXPOSE, aka THE HOUSE ON STRAW HILL, is a one-time video nasty now consigned to be forgotten by the weight of years. The truth is that it's a grotty little low-budget thriller that borrows some of the rape-revenge material of STRAW DOGS and turns it into a unique but only semi-successful tale of madness and murder.

The tale features a dubbed Udo Kier playing a writer who retires to his remote country home in order to work on his latest novel. While there, he must contend with the antics of his randy mistress Fiona Richmond (a one-time softcore starlet) and youthful secretary Linda Hayden (BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW).

Nothing much actually happens in this movie, and the expected bloodshed and sexual material is relatively tame by modern standards; certainly it has been eclipsed by far more explicit stuff in the past couple of decades. It's hard to see what all the fuss was about, really. Saying that, the film does boast a good performance from Hayden, at least, and it contains curios unique to its era: cameos from future stars Karl Howman and Vic Armstrong, and a genuinely sleazy, unsettling atmosphere straight out of the 1970s. No classic for sure, but well worth a look for fans of the material and the era.


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