Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Exposing the Filmic Fronds
There has been much talk lately in hauntological circles concerning the hidden emanatory power of the classic 1970 British horror film Blood On Satan's Claw (aka Satan's Skin). Linda Hayden, who plays coven mistress Angel Blake, is obviously the 'Key to Claw', as she directs the unfolding events under the Devil's Command, and in this context it is interesting to note that she starred in a later, lesser known British horror effort entitled Exposé (aka Trauma aka The House On Straw Hill) made in 1975. In this film too, she acts as a sort of psychic catalyst who attracts a lot of exoteric/esoteric weirdness into her immediate environment.
Previously relegated to the original 1984 DPP "Video Nasties" list, Exposé is much more than a mere Straw Dogs clone, and certainly deserves the "cult classic" label. It features some great players, has British porno connections, and was shot in Norfolk - the most haunted county in England. The (apparently uncut) version can be seen here.
(Linda made her feature film début in the notorious but flawed 1968 sexploitation flick Baby Love, in which she plays the hellcat Luci [the fallen half of Lucifer?]. This moving picture also features that other blonde-haired woman of mystery, Diana Dors, known in some circles as the "Doorways to Goddess Diana".)