A young woman is terrorized by her deceased fiancé's demented mother who blames her for her son's death.


Silvio Narizzano


Richard Matheson (screenplay), Anne Blaisdell (novel)





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


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 »


Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


The subplot concerning Mrs. Trefoile's past as an actress was not part of Richard Matheson's screenplay, the director added it after Tallulah Bankhead was cast, and she was initially furious that the set included photos of her younger self. See more »


After Alan visits the house, Pat is seen falling down the stairs. However, her blouse is in perfect condition with no tears in the back, as in all previous scenes. Also, stunt double is obviously a man from the girth of his back. See more »


[Patricia takes a sip of water; Mrs. Trefoile notices the glass]
Mrs. Trefoile: Anna! Come here at once!
Anna: Yes, Mrs. Trefoile?
Mrs. Trefoile: You have not washed up properly! There is a mark on Ms. Carroll's glass.
Pat Carroll: Oh, it's just, it's just my lipstick, Mrs. Trefoile. It will come off, even though they guarantee.
Mrs. Trefoile: Go upstairs and wash it off immediately!
Pat Carroll: Mrs. Trefoile, I'm, I'm sorry, I...
Mrs. Trefoile: Go and remove that FILTH at once!
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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 »


Referenced in Suddenly Susan: Lie! Lie! My Darling (1996) See more »

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Delicious Casting!
13 March 2002 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

The woman known for giving extravagant parties and answering door bells au natural in her youth plays an old, religious grande dame with no make-up and drab attire. Tallulah Bankhead, in her last screen performance, shows us one more time that she was a consumate actress when given the opportunity to perform. Every moment of hers is precious as she plays a woman that has driven her son from home by her excessive religious fanaticism and is now coping with his death. She is visited by a woman, played by Stephanie Powers, that was engaged to her son. The dialogue and interaction between Miss Bankhead and Miss Powers is wonderful as Bankhead cuts her speech off and hams it up almost in a sedate yet effective manner. Powers soon becomes a forced guest as Tallulah tries and "cleanse" her soul. Watching Tallulah read Biblical passages, sermonize on the evils of the flesh, and gently yet forcefully decay into a state of histrionics is delightful to watch. That woman could act! The rest of the cast is effective with Donald Sutherland in a satisfactory yet forgetable role as a dimwitted servant. Solid direction, claustrophobic settings, and good production values all add up to some good old-fashioned fun!

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Release Date:

21 March 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die! Die! My Darling! See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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