Review: House on Straw Hill (1976)

A blood and tits drenched British piece of exploitation gold.

blu“HOUSE ON STRAW HILL”
1976
Exploitation/Thriller
England

Director: James Kenelm Clarke
Stars: Udo Kier, Linda Hayden, Fiona Richmond
Distributor: Severin
Runtime: 84 mins
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“I have one rule: I don’t like people about. I don’t trust them.”

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A writer has gone to Straw Hill for some peace when working on his second novel. He’s struggling with some psychotic flashbacks, and gets himself a typewriter/secretary to help him out. The beautiful girl that arrives distracts him, but firmly gets him to finnish the book. She’s not who he thinks she is.

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Here’s a sleazy¬†little exploitation treasure from UK. It presents us with vast amounts of nudity and gore in good pace. It never gets dull. The casting is good, the direction is fine and the story is ok. Linda Hayden from “Blood on Satan’s Claw” fame is a joy to behold. It might be too exploitative to drag out the story, but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

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Severin has done their best to preserve the ripped and beaten material, and gathered all of the missing pieces in the puzzle. Well done! It’s an interesting interview with Linda Hayden and an audio commentary by producer and director. And as I have one of the limited versions it also contains an extra dvd with “Ban the Sadist Videos!” documentary. Will soon have a look at that as well.

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