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Thank you Severin
on 28 January 2014
Paul (Udo Kier) is a troubled man. He is suffering from writer's block and experiences bloody halluciations. His girlfriend, Suzanne (Fiona Richmond) is sent packing and instead, he hires secretary Linda (Linda Hayden). Paul's mental state does not help matters; neither does an altercation with two of the local ruffians. The two locals do not like being roughed up by a toff in a Rolls Royce, nor being rebuffed by the lovely Linda. This does not bode well for the occupants of The House on Straw Hill and it soon becomes a bloody fight for survival.
I saw this film many years ago when it came out on VHS and I was surprised to see that it was made near Hatfield Peverel, the train station where Udo Kier picks up Linda Hayden, because I used to live not far from there. The house where the action takes place looks to be somewhere near Danbury. The film disappeared from the shelves soon after, and I have been wanting to see it again ever since. According to the preamble the print we have here has been assembled from various sources but because of age, there are some imperfections, but as far as I am concerned, better this than nothing. One of the extras is an interview with Linda Hayden, but this is actually an edited interview she did in 2003 so not quite the exclusive I thought it was. Also on the dic is a trailer and audio commentary by the director and producer. The film on the Blu-ray disc runs for 83mins 50secs at 24fps although it runs on after this to allow for audio commentary.
Although this release is from the USA, it is Region-free and both the Blu-ray and DVD discs play OK in my Region 2/B Blu-ray player.I managed to get the three-disc release which contains a documentary about the Video Nasties scare which led to this and other horror films being banned in the UK, and this leads me to my only gripe, and that is there seems to be no distinction on the covers to say whether you are getting the two-disc or three-disc release. It should not have been too difficult to do an overprint. Overall, I think that Severin has put together an excellent package so I am giving it full marks.