Plot: Angela (Sigrid Thornton) is a young woman trying to make it in life, but finds herself stuck in a rut. She still lives at home and works as a hairdresser, but can’t seem to find ways to get ahead. When her uptight mother throws her out, Angela finally takes the advice of her friend Madeline (Chantal Contouri) and agrees to model, though she is still hesitant to do so. Madeline uses her connections to book Angela a shoot with a well known photographer, who plans to use her in a cologne ad. When she is asked to pose topless, Angela is concerned and asks that her face not be shown. Of course, the final ad does indeed show her face, but once she gets over the initial shock, she realizes how beautiful the campaign turned out. Soon she is getting more work offers and at the same time, being pestered by her ex boyfriend, who happens to drive an ice cream truck. As she begins to feel like someone might be watching her, paranoia sets in, but who is stalking young Angela?
Entertainment Value: Also known as The Day After Halloween and One More Minute, Snapshot was often marketed as a horror movie, in an effort to cash in on the popular Halloween. In truth, this is not a horror movie, but a drama with a slow build toward a thriller conclusion. The first half of the movie has little tension, but it is still fun to watch and sprinkles in some leads that build later. Once the movie takes a turn toward a more thriller direction, the tension begins to set in, but this is not a pulse pounding, thrill a minute type movie. But it does have effective psychological driven tension, so it is never dull in the least. The cast is fun to watch, especially Sigrid Thornton as the shaky Angela, who never seems to be comfortable or stable. Her constant sense of unease is what makes the tension work so well, as she always seem on edge and ready to be attacked or blindsided. Chantal Contouri is also a bright spot, playing Angela’s snarky friend quite well and adding a lot to her scenes. Snapshot is also one of the few movies produced by Tony Ginnane that didn’t bring in a well known talent from outside Australia. Once you get past the misleading marketing involved, Snapshot is a solid watch and has some fun moments. If you’re a fan of Ozploitation, psychological thrillers, or creepy guys who drive ice cream trucks, give it a spin.
The movie kind of hinges on a photo shoot Angela does, so she is seen topless often, via that campaign. The actual photo shoot scene offers a good amount of screen time for her breasts, then we see her topless again when a creepy old man wants to photograph her jugs. No blood. The movie does have a fairly wild finale that involves a full body burn, but no bloodshed. The dialogue includes some bright spots of catty girl talk and obsessed boyfriend talk, but otherwise not much stands out. The writing is fine, just not that memorable or over the top. I do think Angela’s always on the brink of a breakdown presence adds some fun though, not to mention the scenes with her and Claudine are the dialogue highlights. In terms of craziness, this one stays pretty tame in most scenes and doesn’t rock the boat. I mean, some slight wackiness with Angela’s unstable persona, creepy guys, and the finale, but doesn’t add up to much. The tone is serious, so it was clear they weren’t shooting for outlandish here.
Overall Insanity: 1/10