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Film / Snapshot (1979)

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Snapshot (also known as One More Minute, The Day After Halloween and The Night After Halloween) is a 1979 Australian thriller film.

Angela (Sigrid Thornton) is a young hairdresser who after a chance encounter with model Madeline (Chantal Contouri), is lured into modelling. She soon finds herself into baleful and eerie situations, conflated by her ex-boyfriend Daryl (Vincent Gil), who appears to stalk her in an ice cream truck.

This film features examples of:

  • The Bad Guy Wins: The film ends with Psycho Lesbian Madeline murdering Daryl and driving off with the object of her obsession Angela in a Bad Humor Truck.
  • Bad Humor Truck: Angela gets stalked by an ice cream truck.
  • Break-In Threat: Angela takes a summer dress from her wardrobe and hangs it up before she goes to have breakfast. When she returns to her room, someone has slashed the dress to pieces and draped the shreds over her dressing table.
  • Car Fu: Madeline runs Daryl down with an ice cream truck.
  • Cat Scare: Angela enters Linsey's studio late at night and is startled when his pet cockatoo screeches at her from the darkness.
  • Dead Animal Warning: Angela's stalker plants a pig's head in her bed.
  • Dirty Old Man: Elmer Stover, the producer who talks Angela into being photographed naked.
  • Fan Disservice: Angela, played by the very attractive Sigrid Thornton, poses nude for a photoshoot, but the fact that's she's being pressured into doing it makes it rather uncomfortable to watch.
  • Gilligan Cut: Madeline arrives at Pluckett's salon and asks for Angela to do her hair. Pluckett says that Angela is with with another client, but that he could do her. Madeline tells him that he could take the other client and then Angela would be free to do her. Pluckett says that is not going to happen. The next shot has Pluckett washing the old woman's hair and Angela dealing with Madeline.
  • Groin Attack: Madeline discourages the man who is hitting on Angela in the nightclub by grabbing his crotch and squeezing.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: When Elmer is taking Polaroids pf Angela and persuades her to take off her blouse, she covers her breasts with her arms.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Elmer is set alight by the can of fuel and fire he was using to threaten Angela.
  • How We Got Here: Opens with firefighters discovering a badly charred body in a burnt out room. The rest of the film is dedicated to telling us how this happened and whose body it is.
  • Ironic Nursery Rhyme: Daryl is stalking Angela in a Mr. Whippy van. Several times Angela is unnerved when she hears the tinny version of "Greensleeves"—the tune Mr. whippy vans play—in the middle of the night, even though she cannot see the van.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Madeline doesn't show any interest in men (at one point in fact attacking a man who makes a pass on Angela), and later confesses to Angela that at Angela's age she realized that she "banged at the wrong gong", before all but confessing that she's in love with Angela.
  • Man on Fire: While threatening Angela into taking off her clothes, Elmer lights a fire. While trying to escape, Angela splashes both him and herself with the fuel he used to start the fire. In the subsequent struggle, Elmer catches fire and burns to death; setting the room alight in the process.
  • Market-Based Title: Was released in the US as The Day After Halloween in an attempt to cash in on the success of Halloween (1978).
  • My Beloved Smother: Despite appearing only briefly, Angela's mother cements herself as this when she blames Angela for being stalked and slaps her.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The film was released in the US under the Market-Based Title of The Day After Halloween. This film actually has nothing to do with 'Halloween' whatsoever. It is neither set on the 1st November nor is it significantly a horror movie like Halloween (1978) but more a suspense-thriller.
  • One-Word Title
  • Pretentious Pronunciation: Angela's boss at the salon is Mr. Pluckett. He (and his employees) pronounce the name as the French-sounding 'Plew-Shay'. However, Madeline addresses him as Mr. Pluckett, rhyming with 'bucket'.
  • Pretty in Mink: Fashion model Madeline wears fur coats anytime she is outdoors, including a floor length fox fur and a white sable.
  • Psycho Lesbian: The true villain of the movie is Madeline, who has a obsession with Angela and stalks her; ultimately murdering Daryl and driving off into the night with her in a Bad Humor Truck.
  • Public Exposure: Angela's first modelling job is a topless photo shoot for Bermuda Cool cologne.
  • Shear Menace: When Angela thinks someone is sleeping in her bed, she grabs a large pair of scissors Linsey uses for editing film and uses them to threaten the shape beneath the blankets, which turns out to be a pig's head.
  • Stalker Shrine: Elmer has a secret studio wallpapered (including the floor and ceiling) with Angela's topless Bermuda Cool advertisement.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Daryl, who clearly hasn't gotten over Angela, begins to stalk her.
  • Taxidermy Is Creepy: Linsey is one of Australia's most successful advertising photographers, but he is highly eccentric and his true passion is photographing dead animals, and his studio is full of stuffed animals.