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Snapshot
     

Snapshot

Director: Simon Wincer

Cast: Sigrid Thornton, Chantal Contouri, Robert Bruning

 

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This Australian crime drama centers around a fashion model who is stalked by her vindictive ex-lover. She is also threatened by her mean mother, rotten sister, and a sleazy assortment of dirty, but wealthy, old men.

Overview

This Australian crime drama centers around a fashion model who is stalked by her vindictive ex-lover. She is also threatened by her mean mother, rotten sister, and a sleazy assortment of dirty, but wealthy, old men.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
With its premise of a young fashion model terrorized by crazies, this subpar Aussie thriller from director Simon Wincer and scribes the DeRoche Brothers reads like a cross between Lamont Johnson's Lipstick and John Carpenter's Halloween; in fact, Snapshot was rather desperately retitled "The Day After Halloween" in some markets to try to capitalize on the runaway success of the Carpenter film. To the movie's credit, it never goes for the all-out sleaze of Lipstick. But unfortunately, it also lacks the suspense and finesse of the Carpenter. Marketing ploys aside, the DeRoches' main influence as scriptwriters was actually Alfred Hitchcock, who they spent their early years attempting to ape . In the 1981 sleeper Road Games (written solely by Everett DeRoche), the Hitchcock homages work beautifully; Snapshot, though, is so devoid of any tension that it feels closer to limp, B-grade melodrama than an actual nail-biter. The huge holes in narrative logic don't help matters either; we wonder, for instance, why heroine Angela (Sigrid Thornton) fails to phone the police when her mother steals her savings, and why - when she discovers that her life is at risk - she stupidly flees to the office of a pervert (Robert Bruning) who has already attempted to seduce her. Angela is literally the only noble character in the picture; everyone else here is either a sadist, a psycho, a thief, a liar, or some combination of the above, and the uniformity of that posturing destroys this film's credibility. And whose idea was it to give sexy 19-year-old Angela an ex-boyfriend who is a fat, burnt-out middle-aged dope? That'll be the day. There are a couple of creepy moments, including the bizarre calling card left by a stalker, and wide-eyed Thornton (so appealing in The Man From Snowy River) looks incredible in her topless modeling scenes. Otherwise, Snapshot is a real dog. The kitschy 70s soundtrack tunes (two performed by the Little River Band-soundalike group Sherbet) also date this film terribly.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2012
UPC:
0851740003635
Original Release:
1979
Source:
Scorpion Records
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Time:
3:13:00

Special Features

Watch this in "Katarina's Nightmare Theater" format with our hostess Katarina Leigh Waters or play feature only; International cut Snapshot; Audio commentary on the international cut with producer Anthony I. Ginnane, moderrated by Katarina Leight Waters; Alternate title card (Day after Halloween)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigrid Thornton Angela
Chantal Contouri Kate Davis
Robert Bruning Elmer
Hugh Keays-Byrne Linsey
Vince Gil Daryl
Denise Drysdale Lily
Jacqui Gordon Leah
Lulu Pinkus Nurse
Stewart Faichney Peter
Julia Blake Mrs. Bailey
Jon Sidney Mr. Pluckett
Christine Amor Paula
Bob Brown Capt. Rock
Paddy Burnet Blue rinse lady
Shirley Cameron Mrs. Cameron
Amanda Muggleton Martha
Walter Pym Dichter
Yvette Rees Nurse
Robert Thompson Sean

Technical Credits
Simon Wincer Director
Paul Clark Sound/Sound Designer
Everett de Roche Screenwriter
Chris de Roche Screenwriter
Jon Dowding Art Director
Jill Eden Art Director
Antony I. Ginnane Producer
Aphrodite Kondos Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian May Score Composer
Vincent Monton Cinematographer
Chris Murray Special Effects
Philip Reid Editor
Barbi Taylor Production Manager

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Day After Halloween
1. Chapter 1 [5:45]
2. Chapter 2 [9:10]
3. Chapter 3 [3:56]
4. Chapter 4 [4:03]
5. Chapter 5 [6:18]
6. Chapter 6 [6:40]
7. Chapter 7 [7:42]
8. Chapter 8 [4:18]
9. Chapter 9 [8:30]
10. Chapter 10 [6:26]
11. Chapter 11 [6:00]
12. Chapter 12 [9:07]
13. Chapter 13 [9:08]
14. Chapter 14 [5:13]
15. Chapter 15 [:01]

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