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Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)

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Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 21 March 1965 (UK)
A young woman is terrorized by her deceased fiancé's demented mother who blames her for her son's death.

Director:

Silvio Narizzano

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Anne Blaisdell (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tallulah Bankhead ... Mrs. Trefoile
Stefanie Powers ... Patricia Carroll
Peter Vaughan ... Harry
Maurice Kaufmann ... Alan Glentower
Yootha Joyce ... Anna
Donald Sutherland ... Joseph
Gwendolyn Watts Gwendolyn Watts ... Gloria
Robert Dorning Robert Dorning ... Ormsby
Philip Gilbert ... Oscar
Winifred Dennis Winifred Dennis ... Shopkeeper
Diana King Diana King ... Woman Shopper
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Storyline

Patricia Carroll arrives in London to get married with her fiancé Alan Glentower. However, the stubborn Pat decides to pay a visit in the country to Mrs. Trefoile, the mother of her former fiancé Stephen, who died in a car accident. Once there, the religious fanatic Mrs. Trefoile insists to Pat to stay overnight to go to the mass on the next morning. After going to the church, the naive Pat tells Mrs. Trefoile that she was not going to marry Stephen, triggering her insanity. Mrs. Trefoile abducts Pat to purify her sins and make her pure for her beloved son. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The ultimate in SHEAR SHOCK! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die! Die! My Darling! See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There was a problem with the audio when Tallulah Bankhead uttered the infamous line, "You must die! Die, my darling," so Bankhead later had to loop the dialogue. She arrived inebriated at a New York recording studio four hours late, and it took her the rest of the day to properly dub the line. See more »

Goofs

When Patricia finally gets fed her oatmeal, the bowl she has is actually empty but she's pretending to eat from it. See more »

Quotes

Pat Carroll: Yes, I wondered if you might have a mirror I could ...
Mrs. Trefoile: A mirror? Is it to adorn yourself, to observe yourself? Mirrors are not but tools of vanity, Patricia - I know! Vanity - sensuality, Patricia! The Bible speaks of our vile bodies.
Pat Carroll: Oh.
Mrs. Trefoile: I knew you would understand.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X rating. All cuts were waived in 2006 when the film was granted a '15' certificate for home video. See more »

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More than lives up to its lurid U.S. title...
25 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

TALLULAH BANKHEAD, looking like a ravaged reject from a summer stock version of "The Little Foxes", delivers an appropriately over-the-top performance from this Hammer schlock that borrows from every madhouse movie ever made.

STEFANIE POWERS is the unlucky victim, a young woman who makes a courtesy call on the mother of her dead fiancé, only to discover that she's a religious zealot and a complete madwoman looking for sin in every fabric of Powers' too glamorous wardrobe and make-up. Not only is Bankhead mad, but her servants are enough to scare anyone within sight--including DONALD SUTHERLAND as a retarded man, and YOOTHA JOYCE and HARRY VAUGHAN as an unethical couple badly in need of cash.

Most unrealistic aspect of the story has strong-willed Powers submitting meekly to outrageous requests Bankhead makes upon her arrival instead of packing her things and leaving immediately. But when she fights back, she has to deal with Tallulah and her loyal servants, all of whom make for heavy combat.

Well photographed with some appropriately melodramatic musical flourishes to pump up the fright element, it nevertheless seems like a freak show by the time it reaches its harrowing conclusion. Not until the last moment, does the heroine get some much needed help from a boyfriend who returns for no apparent reason after Bankhead assures him that Powers has already left.

Summing up: Talllulah looks a fright but performs befitting the material--adding horror to the kind of role attracting overage stars in the '60s.


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