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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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Storyline

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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Haunting Intrigue...A Shock to Your System! See more »

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Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Trauma See more »

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Runtime:

(cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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For the U.S. release, the following scenes were cut or shortened to earn an MPAA rating of "R" rather than an "X": See more »

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House Of Straw
Composed by Steve Gray
Performed by The Steve Gray Orchestra
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An excellent and erotic 'Video Nasty'!
23 April 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

I may be on my own with this one, but if you ask me; The House on Straw Hill is an excellent little film. Considering that it's a thriller, the film doesn't feature a great deal of tension or suspense - but the action is kept engaging by the way that it sets up the storyline. The film moves slowly, but in doing so is allowed time to let its characters grow and the plot to build. The film is set mostly in a house surrounded by a cornfield. I'm not sure why these sorts of films always have to take place in distinguished houses, but this location actually provides a good base for this story. The field in which the house is situated ensures that the action always feels isolated from society, and there's something sinister about farm houses in the country anyway. The plot follows a paranoid writer (played Udo Kier) who is about to write a new book. He hires a beautiful blonde to be his secretary to aid with the writing, but this turns out to be a big mistake as the young woman has more of interest in the man than just helping him to write a book.

This film was included on the infamous 'Video Nasty' list back in the eighties under the title, 'Exposé'. Like a lot of films on the list, this one doesn't feature a great deal in the way of gore and it's a wonder why it ever got banned. House on Straw Hill does have a handful of bloody sequences, but nothing enough to warrant it's banning in my opinion. Udo Kier takes the lead role and delivers another of his bizarre, paranoid performances. It's debatable as to whether or not Kier actually has any acting talent, but he certainly has screen presence and for that reason alone, his films are always worth seeing. He is joined by a distinctly feminine cast, which includes Linda Hayden in the role of the secretary and seventies sex symbol Fiona Richmond as Kier's girlfriend. You'll no doubt be glad to know that the two 'hook up' in one of the movie's central scenes. House on Straw Hill pulls off a great double bluff with the identity of the maniac, and this provides the film with its main backbone. It has to be said that the conclusion is a bit silly, but it's one of the few suspense sequences in the film and you can't expect a film like this to be without silly moments. On the whole, I can see why this isn't widely liked; but I'm definitely a fan.


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