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Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)
"Fanatic" (original title)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  21 March 1965 (UK)
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A young woman is terrorized by her fiance's demented mother who blames her for her son's death.

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Mrs. Trefoile
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Patricia Carroll
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Harry
Maurice Kaufmann ...
Alan Glentower
Yootha Joyce ...
Anna
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Joseph
Gwendolyn Watts ...
Gloria
Robert Dorning ...
Ormsby
Philip Gilbert ...
Oscar
Winifred Dennis ...
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Diana King ...
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The spoiled Patricia Carroll arrives in London to get married with her fiancé Alan Glentower. However, the stubborn Pat decides to pay a visit in the country to Mrs. Trefoile, the mother of her former fiancé Stephen, who died in a car accident. Once there, the religious fanatic Mrs. Trefoile insists to Pat to stay overnight to go to the mass on the next morning. After going to the church, the naive Pat tells Mrs. Trefoile that she was not going to marry Stephen, triggering her insanity. Mrs. Trefoile abducts Pat to purify her sins and make her pure for her beloved son. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The producers considered replacing Tallulah Bankhead during filming when she became ill and was unable to work. However, Bankhead put up her salary for the film as a guarantee she'd finish if she wouldn't be replaced. See more »

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When Patricia finally gets fed her oatmeal, the bowl she has is actually empty but she's pretending to eat from it. See more »

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[Mrs. Trefoile and Pat are having tea]
Mrs. Trefoile: It was very kind of you to pay this visit to me. Yes, I am pleased with Stephen's choice. I see that you are obviously the type of young woman he would properly choose. We have so much to discuss, my dear. So much. My poor Stephen. I... I can only rejoice that he died unblemished. A virgin soul. So much more beloved by the Almighty.
Pat Carroll: Oh... yes.
Mrs. Trefoile: I have prayed for him, and I know that you've done so too. And I have no doubt that he was at once transported to ...
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More than lives up to its lurid U.S. title...
25 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

TALLULAH BANKHEAD, looking like a ravaged reject from a summer stock version of "The Little Foxes", delivers an appropriately over-the-top performance from this Hammer schlock that borrows from every madhouse movie ever made.

STEFANIE POWERS is the unlucky victim, a young woman who makes a courtesy call on the mother of her dead fiancé, only to discover that she's a religious zealot and a complete madwoman looking for sin in every fabric of Powers' too glamorous wardrobe and make-up. Not only is Bankhead mad, but her servants are enough to scare anyone within sight--including DONALD SUTHERLAND as a retarded man, and YOOTHA JOYCE and HARRY VAUGHAN as an unethical couple badly in need of cash.

Most unrealistic aspect of the story has strong-willed Powers submitting meekly to outrageous requests Bankhead makes upon her arrival instead of packing her things and leaving immediately. But when she fights back, she has to deal with Tallulah and her loyal servants, all of whom make for heavy combat.

Well photographed with some appropriately melodramatic musical flourishes to pump up the fright element, it nevertheless seems like a freak show by the time it reaches its harrowing conclusion. Not until the last moment, does the heroine get some much needed help from a boyfriend who returns for no apparent reason after Bankhead assures him that Powers has already left.

Summing up: Talllulah looks a fright but performs befitting the material--adding horror to the kind of role attracting overage stars in the '60s.


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