Snapshot (1978)

35mm film, “filmed in Panavision”, Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An Australian horror film directed by Simon Wincer.

Plot Summary

Angela, a naïve young hairdresser in Melbourne dreams of living abroad, but her ambitions are often thwarted by her overbearing mother. She's recently split up from her older boyfriend Daryl, an ice cream truck driver, and fears that her life is rapidly going nowhere. Her model friend Madeline persuades her to try her hand some modelling of her own and takes her to eccentric photographer Linsey who takes topless photographs of her on a beach for an ad campaign for a new cologne. She's horrified when the ad is printed and her face is clearly visible (Linsey told her it wouldn't be) but it provides her with the impetus to finally move out of her mother's home. But as she becomes more deeply embroiled in the exploitative world of modelling, she picks up a stalker who leaves a pig's head in her bed – could it be Daryl, whose desperate to rekindle their relationship? The bitchy Madeline? Linsey, who photographs dead mice? Or Elmer, the wealthy owner of the modelling agency she works for?


Director: Simon Wincer
© MCMLXXVIII [1978] F.G. Film Productions Pty Ltd
Antony I. Ginnane and William Fayman present for Australian International Film Corporation. Made in association with The Australian Film Commission and The Victorian Film Corporation
Executive Producer: William Fayman
Producer: Antony I. Ginnane
Associate Producer: Barbi Taylor
Screenplay by: Chris & Everett De Roche
Director of Photography: Vincent Monton
Editor: Philip Reid
Music Composed and Conducted by: Brian May
Sound Recordist: Paul Clark
Make-up/Hairdressing: Jose L. perez
Special Effects: Chris Murray
Art Direction: Jon Dowding, Jill Eden

Chantal Contouri (Madeline)
Robert Bruning (Elmer)
Sigrid Thornton (Angela)
Denise Drysdale (Lilly)
Vincent Gil (Daryl)
Jon Sidney (Mr Pluckett)
Jacqui Gordon (Becky)
Julia Blake (Mrs Bailey)
Hugh Keays-Byrne (Linsey)
Peter Stratford (Roger)
Christine Amor (Paula)
Lulu Pinkus (Wendy)
Stewart Faichney (Peter)
Chris Milne (bachelor)
Bob Brown (Captain Rock)
Peter Flemingham (Boris)

Alternative Titles

Alastonkuva – Finnish title
Centrefold – working title
Escondite mortal – Argentine title
Instantánea siniestra – Spanish title
One More Minute – alternative US title
The Day After Halloween – Canadian, US title
The Day Before Halloween – US title
The Night After Halloween – US video title
Der Tag nach Halloween – German title
ヌードモデル危機一髪 – Japanese title

Includes extracts from
Patrick (1978)

Extracts included in
Dead End Drive-In (1986)
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)
Ozploitation Trailer Explosion (2014)
Producing Snapshot (2017)
Thirst: A Contemporary Blend (2004)



  • Cinema Papers no.19 (January/February 1979) p.215 – credits
  • Cinema Papers no.21 (May/June 1979) pp.385-386
  • Cinema Papers no.7 (November/December 1975) p.51 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.252 no.39 (8 August 1978) p.39 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.253 no.43 (24 October 1978) p.10 – credits
  • Variety 17 January 1979 p.24
  • Variety 25 February 1981 p.20 – note


  • Australian Film 1978-1994: A Survey of Theatrical Features compiled and edited by Scott Murray p.48 – illustrated credits, synopsis