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Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)

Fanatic (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 21 March 1965 (UK)
A young woman is terrorized by her deceased fiancé'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
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Anna
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Joseph
Gwendolyn Watts ...
Gloria
Robert Dorning ...
Ormsby
Philip Gilbert ...
Oscar
Winifred Dennis ...
Shopkeeper
Diana King ...
Woman Shopper
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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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When Mrs. Trefoile takes Patricia to the basement, Harry is lying dead in the large basin. However when the sight of him startles Patricia and she accidentally hits the overhead lamp, Harry's eyes flinch. See more »

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Mrs. Trefoile: Do you attend church regularly?
Pat Carroll: Well, not too regularly.
[Mrs. Trefoile looks shocked]
Pat Carroll: Not as often as I'd like.
Mrs. Trefoile: Not as often as you'd like? What a strange thing to say! If you like going to church, why do you not attend regularly?
Pat Carroll: Well, I mean, often there isn't time.
Mrs. Trefoile: Not time for prayer? Not time to sing the praises of the Lord? One's duty to the Lord must take precedence, must it not? Patricia, I'm surprised at you!
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Insanity and Religious Fanaticism
10 June 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The spoiled Patricia Carroll (Stephanie Powers) arrives in London to get married with her fiancé Alan Glentower (Maurice Kaufmann). However, the stubborn Pat decides to pay a visit in the country to Mrs. Trefoile (Tallulah Bankhead), 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.

"Fanatic" is a typical production of Hammer: a low-budget movie supported by a great and creepy screenplay and excellent performances. The story is from the same year of "The Collector" (1965) and in both a beautiful young woman is kidnapped, but for different reasons. Tallulah Bankhead is amazing in the role of a deranged and hypocrite religious fanatic, and Stephanie Powers gives credibility with her spoiled character that chooses the wrong words and attitudes in every situation. Unfortunately, the conclusion is commercial and predictable, but could be darker and darker. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Fanatismo Macabro" ("Macabre Fanaticism")


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