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Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) More at IMDbPro »Fanatic (original title)

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Die! Die! My Darling! -- An elderly religious fanatic, whose son was killed in an auto wreck several years ago, kidnaps her dead son's former finacee and keeps her locked up in the basement in order to cleanse the girl's soul, making it fit to be reunited with her son in heaven.


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Richard Matheson (screenplay)
Anne Blaisdell (novel)
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Release Date:
21 March 1965 (UK) See more »
She's One Mean Mother-in-Law! See more »
A young woman is terrorized by her fiance's demented mother who blames her for her son's death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Tallulah Bankhead ... Mrs. Trefoile

Stefanie Powers ... Patricia Carroll

Peter Vaughan ... Harry
Maurice Kaufmann ... Alan Glentower
Yootha Joyce ... Anna

Donald Sutherland ... Joseph
Gwendolyn Watts ... Gloria
Robert Dorning ... Ormsby
Philip Gilbert ... Oscar
Winifred Dennis ... Shopkeeper
Diana King ... Woman Shopper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry McGee ... Rector (uncredited)

Directed by
Silvio Narizzano 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (screenplay)

Anne Blaisdell (novel "Nightmare")

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Original Music by
Wilfred Josephs 
Cinematography by
Arthur Ibbetson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Dunsford 
Production Design by
Peter Proud 
Makeup Department
Olga Angelinetta .... hair stylist
Roy Ashton .... make-up
Richard Mills .... make-up
Production Management
George Fowler .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Watson .... assistant director
Peter Beale .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Stuart Black .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Nigel Wooll .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Wilson .... camera operator
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Gibson .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
Other crew
Renée Glynne .... continuity (as Renee Glynne)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fanatic" - UK (original title)
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Australia:95 min | USA:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:M | Finland:(Banned) (1965) | Netherlands:16 (1966) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-14 | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Tallulah Bankhead sued Columbia Pictures when they renamed the film 'Die! Die! My Darling' for it's U.S. release.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Although there are no mirrors in the house, Patricia is somehow able to completely restyle her hair into a rather elaborate new hairdo.See more »
Mrs. Trefoile:Come, my dear. I must confess I'm disappointed in your church attendance. My late husband, he was a truly religious man. More so than some who wear the cloth!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sugar Cookies (1973)See more »


Why was the title changed from 'Nightmare' to 'Fanatic' and again to 'Die! Die! My Darling!'?
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
More than lives up to its lurid U.S. title..., 25 January 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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