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Writers:
David McGillivray (screenplay)
Pete Walker (original story)
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Release Date:
July 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Worse than your most shocking nightmare! See more »
Plot:
Edmund and Dorothy Yates are freed after fifteen years in an asylum. Edmund covers up for his wife who... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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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
Edward Kalinski ... Alec
Victor Winding ... Detective Inspector
Anthony Hennessey ... Detective Sergeant
Noel Johnson ... The Judge
Michael Sharvell-Martin ... Barman
Tommy Wright ... Nightclub Manager

Andrew Sachs ... Barry Nichols
Nicholas John ... Peter
Jack Dagmar ... Old Man

Leo Genn ... Dr. Lytell
Gerald Flood ... Matthew Laurence
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Barnsley ... Patrolmen (uncredited)
L.W. Clarke ... Patrolman (uncredited)
David McGillivray ... Doctor (uncredited)
Sue Shaper ... (uncredited)
Martin Taylor ... Guest (uncredited)
Pete Walker ... Mr. Brunskill (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Pete Walker 
 
Writing credits
David McGillivray (screenplay)

Pete Walker (original story)

Produced by
Tony Tenser .... executive producer
Pete Walker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Jessop 
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Dearberg 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Burke 
 
Makeup Department
George Partleton .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Fennell .... production manager
Matt McCarthy .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Hamilton .... second assistant director
Brian Lawrence .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tony Anscombe .... dubbing mixer
Robert Edwards .... boom operator
Peter O'Connor .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Davis .... gaffer
Peter Sinclair .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Stanley Myers .... conductor
 
Other crew
John Metcalfe .... follow focus
Leigh Taylor .... production secretary
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frightmare" - UK (original title)
"Frightmare II" - USA (video title)
"Once Upon a Frightmare" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
USA:88 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Tarot card Graham holds in his hand is "Knight of Pentacles".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Unique British Horror Classic, 24 November 2004
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

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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