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Frightmare (1974)

R | | Horror | July 1975 (USA)
After escaping a death sentence for her hideous crimes, a seemingly rehabilitated woman settles in an isolated farmhouse with her husband, only to ache, once more, for blood, and a crash-course in surgery. Is, indeed, her old self back?

Director:

Pete Walker

Writers:

David McGillivray (screenplay), Pete Walker (from an original story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Davies ... Edmund Yates
Sheila Keith ... Dorothy Yates
Deborah Fairfax Deborah Fairfax ... Jackie
Paul Greenwood Paul Greenwood ... Graham
Kim Butcher ... Debbie
Fiona Curzon Fiona Curzon ... Merle
John Yule John Yule ... Robin (as Jon Yule)
Trisha Mortimer Trisha Mortimer ... Lillian (as Tricia Mortimer)
Victoria Fairbrother ... Delia (as Pamela Farbrother)
Edward Kalinski Edward Kalinski ... Alec
Victor Winding Victor Winding ... Detective Inspector
Anthony Hennessey Anthony Hennessey ... Detective Sergeant
Noel Johnson Noel Johnson ... The Judge
Michael Sharvell-Martin Michael Sharvell-Martin ... Barman
Tommy Wright Tommy Wright ... Nightclub Manager
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Storyline

Edmund and Dorothy Yates are freed after fifteen years in an asylum. Edmund covers up for his wife who is a murderer and a cannibal and Dorothy's daughter Debbie and stepdaughter Jackie, who live apart from them, may or may not have inherited her appetites. Dorothy has started to kill again... Written by Gary Couzens <gjcouzens@btinternet.com>

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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cover Up See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (opening sequence)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film that the hero and heroine go to see on their date is La Grande Bouffe (1973), which deals with characters who set out to eat themselves to death - a touch of ironic humor in view of the plot of "Frightmare." However, the dialogue we hear is not from "La Grande Bouffe but from Pete Walker's previous film, House of Whipcord (1974). See more »

Goofs

When Jackie drives to her father and stepmother's house, she sits on the right-hand side of the car (as is normal in the UK). But when she drives back, the footage is the exact mirror of the drive there, with her sitting on the left. See more »

Quotes

Edmund Yates: They said she was well again! They said she was well...
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit the pitchfork murder, shots of blood dripping from Delia's mouth during the poker murder, and a closeup of Graham's mutilated face. The cuts were restored in the 1995 Redemption video release. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Box: Seven Doors of Death (2009) See more »

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A dark and disturbing slice of classic British horror
1 May 2000 | by Sultan of HorrorSee all my reviews

This film is typical of early Seventies British horror in its style and format, though this is much more dark, morbid and disturbing than the average example.

The film features a psychotic woman with a penchant for cannibalism, and her equally disturbed family, hiding out as a recluse in a remote English farmhouse following her release from 15 years in an institution.

A few items of gore are presented here (the UK version will be cut by three minutes), but the real beauty of this film is its dark and unnerving undertones, along with its shocking and feel-bad finalé.


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