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Persecution (1974)

Young David Masters drowns his mothers cat Sheba in its milk, claiming she loves it more than he, one of many such Shebas he has killed. As a grown man, he returns home with his wife Janie ... See full synopsis »

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Carrie Masters
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Paul Bellamy
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David Masters
Olga Georges-Picot ...
Monique Kalfon
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Janie Masters
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Robert Masters
Mark Weavers ...
Young David
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Mrs. Deacon
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Mrs. Banks
Ronald Howard ...
Dr. Ross
Jennifer Guy ...
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Young David Masters drowns his mothers cat Sheba in its milk, claiming she loves it more than he, one of many such Shebas he has killed. As a grown man, he returns home with his wife Janie and their newborn child. His mother swears vengeance on him, promising to toy with him as Sheba would have played with a mouse. Soon after, his mothers latest Sheba suffocates the baby under a pillow. Janie has a nervous breakdown. And then his mother brings in a French nurse to seduce David away from Janie.

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October 1975 (USA)  »

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Trevor Howard thought this was his worst film appearance. He said his performance just consisted of a scene in a hallway, and another shot in London Zoo. See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Not Scary In The Least
30 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Halloween is upon us so the TV companies dust off a few horror films for late night showing . Last night saw the BBC broadcast THE WOLFMAN while tonight ITV transmitted a clichéd horror movie called LONG TIME DEAD with BBC 1 showing PERSECUTION

As a horror film / psychological thriller totally fails because it uses something ridiculous as the focus of fear . The bringers of terror are

CATS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's right . Cats . You know these fluffy cute mammals that sit in your lap making purring noises when you tickle their chin ? Well that's what the creatures of horror are in this movie . I'm not making this up and I also wish to point out that they're not ten foot tall mutant demon possessed killer cats , they're the type of moggy you see sitting out on window ledges in the summer .

I know some people have an instinctive fear of felines , it's to do with the way they look at you , almost like the cats are planning something when you're back is turned . I don't know how anyone can believe this because I find cats the most affectionate type of pet and no matter how hard the director tries he just can't make moggies appear menacing in any way

I feel rather sorry for the late Ralph Bates since he also appeared in an awful horror movie shown on BBC 1 a few nights ago called I DON'T WANT TO BE BORN and looking at the actor's resume he has appeared in a lot of crap early 70s Brit horror movies . To give you a taste of how bad PERSECUTION is check out this sample of dialogue

" You killed your mothers cat "

" Yes I drowned it . In milk "

" Oh darling "

Believe it or not the above lines weren't meant to induce a laugh , though inevitably they did


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