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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)
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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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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) | 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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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 »
Revealing mistakes: When Patricia finally gets fed her oatmeal, the bowl she has is actually empty but she's pretending to eat from it.See more »
[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 Glory at his passing, being the unstained soul that he was. We shall go to church together tomorrow and offer up a token prayer.
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Insanity and Religious Fanaticism, 10 June 2007
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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