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Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)

Fanatic (original title)
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

The producers considered replacing Tallulah Bankhead during filming when she became ill and was unable to work.However, Bankhead put up her salary for the film as a guarantee she'd finish if she wouldn't be replaced. See more »

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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: Alan, I was engaged to her son, and after the awful way that he died, I think it's only fair that I...
Alan Glentower: It's only fair to you to forget all about him!
Pat Carroll: I don't think I can forget all about him - at least not until I see his mother.
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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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Insanity and Religious Fanaticism
10 June 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The spoiled Patricia Carroll (Stephanie Powers) arrives in London to get married with her fiancé Alan Glentower (Maurice Kaufmann). However, the stubborn Pat decides to pay a visit in the country to Mrs. Trefoile (Tallulah Bankhead), 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.

"Fanatic" is a typical production of Hammer: a low-budget movie supported by a great and creepy screenplay and excellent performances. The story is from the same year of "The Collector" (1965) and in both a beautiful young woman is kidnapped, but for different reasons. Tallulah Bankhead is amazing in the role of a deranged and hypocrite religious fanatic, and Stephanie Powers gives credibility with her spoiled character that chooses the wrong words and attitudes in every situation. Unfortunately, the conclusion is commercial and predictable, but could be darker and darker. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Fanatismo Macabro" ("Macabre Fanaticism")

Note: On 30 Nov 2018 I saw this film again.


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