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House On Straw Hill (Blu-ray + DVD Combo) (1976)

Udo Kier , Linda Hayden , James Kenelm Clarke  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Udo Kier, Linda Hayden, Fiona Richmond
  • Directors: James Kenelm Clarke
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C1PKRJ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Banned in Britain for thirty years, The House on Straw Hill is a shockingly violent and erotic tale of seduction, brutality and revenge. Cult movie icon Udo Kier (Mark of the Devil, The Theatre Bizarre) stars as a successful novelist suffering from writer's block, who rents a country cottage in the hope of finding inspiration. But the arrival of a sensual secretary, played by Linda Hayden (Blood on Satan's Claw, Taste the Blood of Dracula) sets in motion of chain of events that culminate in an unrestrained explosion of sex and savagery. Also known as Expos‚ and condemned as a Video Nasty in the UK, this sleazy classic from Brian Smedley-Aston (Vampyres) and co-starring the notorious Fiona Richmond - 'Britain's No.1 sex symbol' - is now fully restored from the only uncut elements and is available for the first time in the US with brand new extras! Bonus Features: Audio Commentary with director James Kenelm Clarke and producer Brian Smedley-Aston; All-new interviews with director James Kenelm Clarke and star Linda Hayden; Theatrical Trailer

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extreme Case Of Writers Block October 18, 2013
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The archivists at Severin Films have restored and possibly saved Writer/Director James Kenelm Clarke's brilliant 'THE HOUSE ON STRAW HILL' aka 'EXPOSE' aka 'TRAUMA'-1976 for Horror and exploitation fans. Banned in England from 1984 to 1997 being branded a notorious video nasty when that insanity was running rampant on the video industry at that time, its great to view this restored version to prove their was really nothing to get the holier than thou politicians knickers into such a snit. Cult Euro actor Udo Kier portrays a hyperactive novelist who goes into seclusion at his summer countryside cottage to scribe his latest novel and decides to hire a typist to help him with his writers block but strange things begin to occur. The underrated actress Linda Hayden is at the peak of her form as the sensual siren typist with an ulterior motive and Fiona Richmond plays Kier's dominated mistress. I don't want to give away the sum of the plot, suffice it to say that this film is the closest that British Cinema came to making their own take on the Italian Giallo. Kier seems to be dubbed but does quite well in his performance coming off his cult status in both Andy Warhol's productions of Director Paul Morrissey's 'BLOOD FOR DRACULA' and 'FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN' both 1973. It is Linda Hayden who steals the show and gives one of her best performances trying to use her sex pot image to enhance the tragedy. If you want to see how underrated she truly was, view this film and her performance as Angel Blake in Director Piers Haggard's masterpiece of Pagan superstition 'THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW'-1970 (c'mon Severin Films, please give this a digital release in this country already!). Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A long awaited addition to the video nasty releases November 9, 2013
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The 3-disc limited edition includes the great documentary "Ban the Sadist Videos". Also the feature film itself is uncut and from the best possible sources available. The Linda Hayden interview is informative. It is a worthwhile release, especially for people into 'video nasties'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The extras are better than the movie. June 30, 2014
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I'll give this a generous two stars for the movie and four for the presentation. The plot is pretty threadbare and there are some absurd plot twists. It's closer to soft porn than a horror/thriller really, as the characters have a frequent tendency to get physical with each other. At one point Linda Hayden's character starts kissing Fiona Richmond despite the total lack of any kind of attraction or flirtation between them up to that point, while her boyfriend is in the house, and she enthusiastically goes along with it. It's that kind of movie.

Fiona Richmond was a "glamour model" and seems right at home here, but Hayden and Kier really seem to be slumming it. In the interview with Hayden included in the extras, she spends quite a bit of time bashing the movie, even saying it's the only movie she's ashamed of making. And she worked mostly in B movies that were often lacking in quality.

This is one of those discs where the extras actually were more interesting than the movie, especially if you can get a copy with the documentary about the Video Nasties scare. I'd heard of the nasties scare but had no idea how far the censors went, even raiding the homes of some movie collectors to make examples of them.

It really made me appreciate being an American. Yes, there's censorship here too, but it's never come close to going that far in my lifetime. The MPAA can be bad, but they don't have the ability to ban a movie outright and when it comes to the home video market, there isn't much government censorship. That's mostly limited to stuff that involves crimes being committed, like child pornography.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie poor use of blu ray January 31, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
This is a mood piece really, the mood is perverse sex and exploitation. Not just as a film but the characters exploit each other. There isn't much dialogue and it's probably a well photographed movie, but....

It's almost impossible to believe that any clean up was done on this transfer. Even if these were the best prints they could find then why are there verticle scratches--which can be removed almost automatically nowadays, and film reel change punch holes which can also be removed. And the color timing you almost have to say, what color timing? The menu explains the prints used were water damaged and they certainly are but though that would be hard to correct it's very hard to believe much time was spent trying to get the best out of bad materials.

It's just a warning, yes the film is worth your time, but expect a drive in quality print not something you'll be thrilled to see in 1080.

Extras also are distractingly poor looking, like they came from an old video master or dub of a master. So sorry I have to say find a copy for as little as you can spend on it, then enjoy an obscure movie you'll then want to see somehow someday come out in a much better form.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Exploitation Classic! October 16, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Kudos to Severin Films for bringing this cult classic back! "House On Straw Hill" is a classic example of mid-70's european exploitation thrillers. Udo Kier is great as a writer seeking help with his novel...needless to say, a LOT more than that happens...well worth the effort to see, especially because Severin has included some amazing extras as well...click on my link for the entire story of the terrific material included on this blu-ray release.

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