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Feb 15

Expose

exposeGenre: Thriller
Year: 1976
Country: England

aka: Trauma, House on Straw Hill

Director: James Kenelm Clarke
Starring: Udo Kier, Linda Hayden, Fiona Richmond, Patsy Smart, Karl Howman

Inside, something so unspeakable no one has lived long enough to scream out its name!

 

Expose centers around the world of Paul Martin. Paul is a writer and he is working on his second novel out in a peaceful house on straw hill. To assure that he is gonna be able to complete the book in timely fashion, the agency gets him the young and hot Linda as an assistant. Paul is not mentally well and gets hallucinations and since his new assistant doesn’t seem to be quite normal either, the chances of this book being completed is pretty thin.

Expose is a weird little film. It’s got a lot of sleazy, nudity, masturbation and even some good violence. It feels like a giallo, but is never able to build up any tension at all since the editing done here is done very strangely.

Udo Kier (Mark of the Devil, Barb Wire) does a good job as Paul. The character is extremely self-centered and sleazy that it’s easy to dislike the guy. It seems like he is dubbed in the edit I watched though, which takes away from his performance. Linda Hayden (Queen Kong, The Boys from Brazil) plays the gorgeous and sex freak Linda. She has some very explicit scenes, some masturbating and others that are of the lesbian nature.

James Kenelm Clarke directed this movie and I’m not sure if he got the result he set out to achieve. I guess he was putting on his creativity hat and went for something artsy and different and I guess he managed that.

Expose is a sleazy sex thriller that has a lot of weirdness to it. I feel I didn’t really get it, but it’s not interesting enough to warrant a second viewing. If it weren’t for the fact that it’s added on the video nasties list, then I’m sure this one would fall into obscurity.

 

 ★★½☆☆ 

 

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