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Director:
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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User Reviews:
Cynical, depressing .... quite brilliant See more (47 total) »

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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The film that the hero and heroine go to see on their date is The Big Feast (1973), which deals with characters who set out to eat themselves to death - a touch of ironic humor in view of the plot of "Frightmare." However, the dialogue we hear is not from "La Grande Bouffe but from Pete Walker's previous film, House of Whipcord (1974).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 »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Cynical, depressing .... quite brilliant, 1 December 2000
Author: heedarmy from United Kingdom

Peter Walker, the director of this notorious British horror film, said that he wanted audiences to leave the cinema feeling angry and frustrated after seeing it. He succeeds.

Unpleasant and cynical though "Frightmare" may be, it is brilliantly made and cleverly written. We move between two worlds, of 70s juvenile delinquency in the heart of London and the chintzy, old-fashioned farmhouse inhabited by Rupert Davies and Sheila Keith. What unites both worlds, shockingly, is violence and murder.

There are other dualities in the film. There is the generation gap, between the elderly couple and their children and the gender gap, for here is a horror film where it is women who are the aggressors and the men are impotent onlookers or helpless victims.

The acting is remarkably good, right down to the bit parts, such as the hapless little man (played by Andrew Sachs of "Fawlty Towers" 'Manuel' fame)who is the first victim, in the film's moody, black-and-white pre-credit sequence. But the real honours are stolen by Sheila Keith, at times pathetic, at times terrifying as Mrs Yates and by Rupert Davies as her defeated, despairing husband.

Parts of the film look a little cheesy and dated but it is still a remarkably powerful work. The music score is a bonus too - in place of the usual screeching brass, Stanley Myers score is subtle, eerie and menacing.

I can't really recommend this film as "fun" viewing and it is light years away from the comforting certainties of Hammer's Gothic tales, where good always conquers evil. But "Frightmare" is that rare beast - a genuinely disturbing and unnerving horror film.

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