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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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Cast overview:
Carrie Masters
Paul Bellamy
David Masters
Olga Georges-Picot ...
Monique Kalfon
Janie Masters
Robert Masters
Mark Weavers ...
Young David
Catherine Brandon ...
Mrs. Deacon
Mrs. Banks
Ronald Howard ...
Dr. Ross
Jennifer Guy ...
John Ryan ...


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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I Hate You, Cat  »

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Turner is good, the film is fair.
18 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Also shown under the titles THE GRAVEYARD and THE TERROR OF SHEBA, this Gothic British horror movie stars Lana Turner as a maniacal mother who delights in making life miserable for her spineless son(Ralph Bates) who is slowly, but surly, tiring of his deranged mama and her wicked, wicked ways. With her beautiful face, every hair in place, her fashionable costumes, and her exquisite jewelry, Lana Turner, at age 53, is still the very essence of Hollywood glamour. But this is 1974 we're talking about, and her name didn't have the same sparkling effect on the box-office that it had in say 1947, so the film went mostly unnoticed by the movie-going public. The picture itself is a dreary and rather ghoulish retread of familiar BABY JANE-ish high jinks. But Turner has fun with her looneytunes character, and makes this otherwise derivative little film quite watchable. Lana personally regarded this as her worst performance, but she isn't bad at all. Actually she's quite good. I'm convinced she did more with the role than anybody else could have. In fact, she won the Best Actress Award at Spain's Festival of Horror Movies. I strongly recommend this film to her fans who should find it quite interesting to see Turner playing the kind of merciless, blood-curdling psychobitch that Bette Davis and Joan Crawford played in their Scream Queen days.

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