Sheila Keith was an excellent British character actress who did exceptional work in several horror films that she acted in for director Pete Walker in the 1970's, with her tour-de-force lead in "Frightmare" rating as a particular stand-out. Walker remembers that Keith just came in to audition for a part in "House of Whipcord" and how she made a strong immediate impression on everyone (Walker went on to use Keith in four additional pictures and even specifically created a part for her to play in "House of the Long Shadows"). Walker, screenwriter David McGillivray, actress Susan Penhaligon, cinematographer Peter Jessop, and writer Graham Duff all note that Keith was the total antithesis of her sinister screen persona by citing how sweet, lovely, and professional she was. Alas, no one else bothered to cast Keith in horror films outside of Walker, so she never acquired the cult status that she richly deserved in her day. Fortunately, Duff wrote a part for Keith for an episode of his comedy series "Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible" which turned out to be her last acting job for television. Made with real affection and loaded with choice clips of Keith in prime form, it's essential viewing for fans of this underrated actress and her always spot-on acting.
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