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David McGillivray (screenplay)
Pete Walker (original story)
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Release Date:
July 1975 (USA) See more »
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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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British Horror at its best - grim and gruesome, but intelligent. See more (46 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)
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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
 
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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 (Eastmancolor)
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The final film of Rupert Davies.See more »
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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 »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
British Horror at its best - grim and gruesome, but intelligent., 18 June 2003
Author: Wilbur-10 from Isle of Man

This is an impressive downbeat British horror from the Pete Walker / David McGillivray partnership which, despite its gory reputation, works on more of a psychological level.

From the grainy black & white prologue, with a pre-Fawlty Towers Andrew Sachs visiting a deserted fairground, to the terrifying climax in a farm attic, 'Frightmare' holds itself together incredibly well.

The bulk of the narrative revolves around twenty-something Jackie and her wild-child teenage sister Debbie. Jackie frequently goes to visit her parents in an isolated farmhouse, both of whom have recently been released from a mental institution. The atmosphere of unease built up in these family scenes is almost suffocating, with Sheila Keith putting in a virtuoso performance as Dorothy, the mother.

Things come to a head when Jackie's psychiatrist boyfriend Graham (complete with incredibly annoying thick framed glasses), decides to start prying into the family history and takes a visit up to the farm.

The film has been termed as Britain's answer to 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and make no mistake, 'Frightmare' is every bit as impressive as its more famous American counterpart. There are also a few nods to Hitchcock's 'Psycho' and once again any comparisons are favourable.

The only previous Pete Walker film I'd seen was 'The Confessional' (1975) which despite some interesting ideas was overall disappointing. 'Frightmare' really delivers the goods though and should be in everyone's list of Top Cult Horror Films.

BEST SCENE - any of Dorothy's Tarot Card readings.

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