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Director:
Writers:
Richard Matheson (screenplay)
Anne Blaisdell (novel)
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Release Date:
21 March 1965 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She's One Mean Mother-in-Law! See more »
Plot:
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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More than lives up to its lurid U.S. title... See more (42 total) »

Cast

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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 .... makeup artist
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
 
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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Also Known As:
"Fanatic" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
Australia:95 min | USA:97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
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

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Trivia:
In 2013, Stephanie Powers acted in "Looped," a theatrical production based on a true story about the events involving actress Tallulah Bankhead. Powers played Bankhead in the play. The action is confined to a sound studio where the star is supposed to record a line of dialogue that must be matched to a scene on film - the process is called "looping." Both Bankhead and Powers shared the brief scene in the movie that contains the terribly written line that Tallulah had such difficulty looping. "Looped" originated with Valerie Harper in mind. She earned a Tony Award nomination after the play's short stint on Broadway in 2010, and was to have reprised the role in a national tour. Harper withdrew because it was revealed that she had developed terminal brain cancer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Alan visits the house, Pat is seen falling down the stairs. However, her blouse is in perfect condition with no tears in the back, as in all previous scenes. Also, stunt double is obviously a man from the girth of his back.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Trefoile:Stephen? Stephen? She's here in this house, my darling... but of course you know... you know...!See more »
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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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