THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN; THE NIGHT AFTER HALLOWEEN
It makes for a rather trashy film. One of the worst aspects is Chantal Countouris performance. She goes for tough-talking sophistication but only achieves camp. There is also a dull 70s funk score, which at one point hilariously bursts into Aussie pop band Sherbet singing Angie, have you made your choice? as Sigrid Thornton poses nude on a beach.
In the US, the film was retitled The Day After Halloween (The Night After Halloween on video) to cash-in on the popularity of John Carpenters hit Halloween (1978). It should be pointed out the film has no connection to Carpenters film nor is it even set on November 2nd. For that matter, despite its relative focus on the stalker elements, Snapshot is only a partial thriller and certainly a misleading stretch to try and sell as a slasher film.
Australian director Simon Wincer made a number of other genre films, including the fascinating Harlequin (1980) about an enigmatic magician, the android boy film D.A.R.Y.L. (1985), the Cyberpunk biker film Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) and the comic-book superhero adaptation The Phantom (1996). Screenwriter Everett de Roche has written a number of other Australian genre films including the excellent Natures Revenge film Long Weekend (1978), Patrick (1978) about a psychic coma patient, Simon Wincers Harlequin, the psycho-thriller Roadgames (1981), the killer boar film Razorback (1984), the killer chimpanzee film Link (1986), the Aboriginal childrens fantasy Frog Dreaming/The Quest (1986), the psycho-thriller Heart of Midnight (1988), the ghost story Visitors (2003), the Backwoods Brutality film Storm Warning (2007), the remake of Long Weekend (2008) and Nine Miles Down (2009) about a mineshaft that drills down to Hell.