This British horror film was directed by Martin Kemp, better known for his music career in Spandau Ballet, and his acting career (The Krays, Eastenders, amongst others). Also known as Exposé, it is based on a 1976 film called The House on Straw Hill (alternative name Trauma).
Paula (Anna Brecon) is a writer, struggling with her second novel. At her publisher’s suggestion, she goes to stay at an old house which belongs to her uncle, in order to concentrate her mind. When an assistant named Linda (Jane March) turns up to help Paula, everything seems fine at first, but it soon becomes clear that Laura is dangerously unbalanced.
I am not normally a fan of horror films, but I watched this because the delectable Colin Salmon is in it. It was actually pretty entertaining, and held my attention throughout (it’s a short film, coming in at just under 80 minutes). I would say that it is more of a psychological horror, than a gory horror – and there are definitely no ghosts or ghouls here.
Anna Brecon did a decent job as Paula, and Colin Salmon was great as Leo, Paula’s counsellor and friend. Occasionally, the dialogue was a bit clunky, but overall it was enjoyable enough, and there was a twist which I should have seen coming, but didn’t.
It’s not the best of its genre, but if you are a fan of thrillers (rather than out-and-out horrors), then I would say that this film is worth an hour and a half of your time.
Year of release: 2010
Director: Martin Kemp
Producers: Kevin Byrne, James Kenelm Clarke, Will Horn, Ciaran Mullaney, Gareth Mullaney, Billy Murray, Gary Phillips, Simon Phillips, Mark Vennis, David Beazley, Johnathan Sothcott, Danny Young
Writers: James Kenelm Clarke, Martin Kemp, Jonathan Sothcott, Phillip Barron
Main cast: Anna Brecon, Jane March, Jennifer Matter, Billy Murray, Colin Salmon, Linda Hayden