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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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Director:
Writers:
Richard Matheson (screenplay)
Anne Blaisdell (novel)
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Release Date:
21 March 1965 (UK) See more »
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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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Tallulah Bankhead: the world's most dreaded mother-in-law! See more (43 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 .... 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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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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Final film of Tallulah Bankhead.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Pat Carroll:Alan, I was engaged to her son, and after the awful way that he died, I think it's only fair that I...
Alan Glentower:It's only fair to you to forget all about him!
Pat Carroll:I don't think I can forget all about him - at least not until I see his mother.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Tallulah Bankhead: the world's most dreaded mother-in-law!, 25 December 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

It's most unfortunate that all the smaller-scaled psychological thrillers Hammer produced during the mid 60's remain somewhat in the shadows of their more grotesque and Grand Guignol featuring horror & Sci-Fi productions (like the Dracula and Frankenstein franchises or the Quatermass trilogy), because there are quite a few of genuine treasures to discover! "Fanatic" a.k.a. "Die! Die! My Darling" is such a wondrous example of an original and highly atmospheric but sadly underrated Hammer thriller. Richard Matheson's screenplay – adapted from a novel by Anne Blaisdell – is terrifically tight & uncomfortably credible, the atmosphere is uncanny throughout and Tallulah Bankhead's performance as the insane religious freak truly stands as one of the greatest in the history of horror cinema. Whilst visiting England with her new lover, all-American girl Pat Carroll plans to pay a visit to Mrs. Trefoile; the mother of her ex-fiancée who died in a car accident before they ever had the chance of getting married. Mrs. Trefoile acts a bit whiny and exaggeratedly religious at first, but still fairly harmless since the visit is meant to be brief and formal. However, Mrs. Trefoile turns into a totally religion-obsessed fruitcake when she learns Pat isn't a virgin anymore and never actually intended to marry her son in the first place! She gets more fanatic than Jesus himself and locks Pat away in the secluded mansion's attic with the intention to cleanse her soul and prepare her to reunite with the son in the afterlife. The concept of this film is simply stupendous, if you ask me, and veteran writer Richard Matheson makes sure that every tiniest possible detail in the script gets covered. There are also some very intriguing sub plots, like the awkward relationships between Mrs. Trefoile's servants and the gradual unfolding of what exactly happened between Pat and Mrs. Trefoile departed son. There are a few clearly noticeable similarities between this film and Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", which leads to some obvious twists and a fairly predictable finale. But then again, you can't blame the film for this since pretty much every horror movie made after 1960 is influenced by "Psycho" in one way or another. Tallulah (I even love typing her name) Bankhead obviously steals the show in every scene she's in, but the rest of fine cast deserves a word of respect as well, including a young Donald Sutherland as the mentally disabled gardener. Next time you set up a list of favorite Hammer films, make sure you watch "Fanatic" first and I guarantee it will be in there somewhere.

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