The Lifetaker (1975)

35mm film, Techniscope II, Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Michael Papas.

Plot Summary

An unfaithful wife gets a lot more than she bargained for when she returns home to face her husband's anger. He subjects her to a torturous – and deadly – game of cat and mouse…


Director: Michael Papas
Onyx Films Production
Producer: Michael Papas
Associate Producer: Susan Tippetts
Production Manager: Paul Cowan
Script: Michael Papas
Creative Consultant: Susan Tippetts
Assistant Director: James Hamilton
Continuity: Wendy Banks
Director of Photography: Peter Jessop
Camera Operator: Kenneth J. Withers
Clapper Loader: Tony Jackson
Focus Puller: Colin Bucksey
Gaffers: Frank Moran, Frank Heeney, T.A. Mc Guiness and Co Ltd
Key Grip: Ken Atherfold
Editors: Peter Elliott, Michael Papas
Music: Nicos Mamangakis
Sound Mixer: Trevor Carless
Sound Re-Recordist: Tony Anscombe at Cine-Lingual Sound Studios
Dubbing Editor: Peter Elliott
Wardrobe Mistress: Marina Drecker
Make-up: Pearl Rashbass
Special Effects: Les Bowie
Production Designer: Peter J. Hampton
Art Director: Peter J. Hampton
Property Master: Denis Walter
Property Buyer: Belinda Edwards
Graphic Artist: John Saunders
Production Accountant: Jack Hawtrey
Production Secretary: Pauline Swindells
Historical Advisor: L.J. Anderson
Kendo Coach: Tommy Foo
Runner: Jimmy Andreas
Locations: Hertfordshire, England, UK

Dimitris Andreas
Paul Beech
Lea Dregorn (Lisa)
Peter Duncan (Richard)
Terence Morgan (James)
Anna Mottram
Leon Silver



  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.271

Other Sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide February 2012 p.7 – illustrated listing