Archive for December 13th, 2009
This is quite a lesser known British gem of the genre. Beautifully filmed, in the English countryside, Norfolk with a complimentary cast; Udo Kier, Linda Hayden and Fiona Richmond. Released in 1976, this film became a victim of the video nasty witch-hunt of the early 80’s when it was released on video, finding itself on the DPP list. Why this was selected, I’m unsure really as it’s not exactly extreme in blood and gore and looks and feels much more like an art film than anything else.
A deranged writer, Paul Martin (Udo Kier) is struggling with his second novel. Suffering from bad dreams and writers block, he retreats to the countryside, and hires a typist (Linda Hayden) to move things along. Unknown to him, he’s hired the wrong girl. As the body count amasses, everyone with any screen time ends up with a blade in their neck as the story unfolds. And then there’s the twist.
It’s a great looking film. Very atmospheric, light and dreamy which works very well as a balance against the murderous revenge plotline. Linda Hayden (Blood on Satan’s Claw, Madhouse, Robin’s Nest) performs well with her character who is clever, sexy and vicious and out for revenge. Well worth a look before the remake is released. (Martin Kemp directs. Anna Brecon, Jane March and Linda Hayden returns as the house keeper)