One of the prosecuted films of the legendary British “video nasty” list, House on Straw Hill was banned in its home country for 30 years. It was finally released in 1997 under the titles Trauma and Expose, with 57 seconds cut. Severin has restored the film (in a way) to its original uncut version and like a lot of these older films that caused a controversy upon release, House on Straw Hill is tame by today’s standards. Looking at its debauchery and violence within context, it’s easy to see why it was considered questionable material by the British Board of Film Censorship. I mean, parents just don’t want to let their kids see Udo Kier get a blowjob (no matter what decade it is).
The niche market of restored B-horror films of yore given shiny releases on Blu-ray may be getting tapped out. Fans get excited over these releases and Severin always delivers a packed disc with great features, but c’mon…how many times can you re-watch something like House on Straw Hill? There’s historical significance, but we gotta be real and admit some of these films are just not that good. READ MORE