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Cover Up (1974)

Frightmare (original title)
R | | Horror | July 1975 (USA)
Edmund and Dorothy Yates are freed after fifteen years in an asylum. Edmund covers up for his wife who is a murderer and a cannibal and Dorothy's daughter Debbie and stepdaughter Jackie, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Davies ...
Edmund Yates
Sheila Keith ...
Dorothy Yates
Deborah Fairfax ...
Jackie
Paul Greenwood ...
Graham
Kim Butcher ...
Debbie
Fiona Curzon ...
Merle
John Yule ...
Robin (as Jon Yule)
Trisha Mortimer ...
Lillian (as Tricia Mortimer)
Victoria Fairbrother ...
Delia (as Pamela Farbrother)
Edward Kalinski ...
Alec
Victor Winding ...
Detective Inspector
Anthony Hennessey ...
Detective Sergeant
Noel Johnson ...
The Judge
Michael Sharvell-Martin ...
Barman
Tommy Wright ...
Nightclub Manager
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Edmund and Dorothy Yates are freed after fifteen years in an asylum. Edmund covers up for his wife who is a murderer and a cannibal and Dorothy's daughter Debbie and stepdaughter Jackie, who live apart from them, may or may not have inherited her appetites. Dorothy has started to kill again... Written by Gary Couzens <gjcouzens@btinternet.com>

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Trivia

Leo Genn and Gerald Flood receive "guest star" credits. See more »

Goofs

When Jackie drives to her father and stepmother's house, she sits on the right-hand side of the car (as is normal in the UK). But when she drives back, the footage is the exact mirror of the drive there, with her sitting on the left. See more »

Quotes

Edmund Yates: They said she was well again! They said she was well...
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Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) See more »

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Unique British Horror Classic
24 November 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is one those horror movies that is totally unique. It is a cannibal movie, but it humanizes the cannibals more than any other movie I've seen. They're not rampaging monsters like in "Texas Chainsaw" or stereotypical Third World savages like in the later Italian gut munchers--they're the ordinary people living right next door--and this makes them all the more frightening.

The director is Pete Walker, who found an interesting niche in 1970's British horror/exploitation movies between the hedonistic youth of "Swinging London" and the repressive, reactionary forces that were moving in to stop the party. Walker managed to appeal to both audiences with his "House of the Whipcord", a film both startlingly reactionary and irredeemably sleazy. This film, however, is instead a pox on both houses. There are two cannibals here--one is a seemingly kind old matron (Sheila Keith) who lures victims to her isolated country estate with tarot card readings. She is unwittingly accommodated by her weak-willed husband and well-intentioned step-daughter. She represents a truly twisted version of what American conservatives would later call "family values". The other cannibal is equally frightening--an innocent looking adolescent girl (Kim Butcher) flouncing around in a miniskirt or knickers, coyly manipulating both rough motorcycle-riding youths and respectable older men. She represents the free-spirited and cheerfully amoral youth of the era. It is Walkers genius to ultimately put these two monsters in cahoots. The relationship between them turns out to be very twisted and very close indeed.

The movie is very creepy and truly frightening. Its ultimate message is quite bleak. Apparently, Walker was heavily influenced by American film noir when he made this, and this influence is evident in the dark, eerie visuals and bleak, fatalistic tone where the shadow of the past is always casting a pall over the present. This is a genuinely disturbing film, but one I would recommended highly.


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