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Beware My Brethren (1972)

The Fiend (original title)
R | | Horror | May 1972 (UK)
A religious sect called the Brethren has taken control of widow Birdy Wemys, sending her unstable son, Kenny, into a spiraling descent into madness. No woman is safe when Kenny's religious ... See full summary »

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Brian Comport (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Todd ... Birdy Wemys
Patrick Magee ... Minister
Tony Beckley ... Kenny Wemys
Madeleine Hinde Madeleine Hinde ... Brigitte Lynch
Suzanna Leigh ... Paddy Lynch
Percy Herbert ... Commissionaire
David Lodge ... C.I.D. Inspector
Ronald Allen ... Paul
Maxine Barrie Maxine Barrie ... Singer
Jeannette Wild Jeannette Wild ... Prostitute
Diana Chappell Diana Chappell ... Poolside Girl
Susanna East Susanna East ... Teenage Girl
Hani Borelle Hani Borelle ... Riverside Girl
Ian Kiddy Ian Kiddy ... Baptised Boy
Dee Shenderey ... Congregation (as Dee Shenderry)
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Storyline

A religious sect called the Brethren has taken control of widow Birdy Wemys, sending her unstable son, Kenny, into a spiraling descent into madness. No woman is safe when Kenny's religious mania overpowers him and leads to murder and chaos.

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It's a Sickness of the Soul! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beware My Brethren See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

World Arts Media See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when the young boy is baptized, the boy is placed inside the baptismal pool. However during one shot of the congregation shouting, he is shown completely dry, back on his pew and seconds again later he is sat in the baptismal pool. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version broadcast on the BBC (22.09.01) is uncensored and thus different to the cut version that played British cinemas (in 1971) and the identical Derann tape release that appeared in 1981.
  • The opening murder in the BBC version includes a more prolonged strangulation scene, as well as some further nudity as Kenny strips his dead victim (Janette Wild). There's also the sight of him removing a watch and necklace from the naked corpse, adding a (slightly out of place) petty criminal element to Kenny's religiously motivated crimes.
  • The title scenes are slightly different, the BBC version plays the title over a still shot of the killer's boots (the rest of the credits appear the same way). The Derann version plays the title over a blue box background.
  • When Kenny first plays the audio tapes back of his killings there is some cutaways to historical torture paintings. The older Derann version includes two brief shots of the same painting, the BBC version contains the same two shots but lingers on them a little longer and goes on to another shot of a second (more graphic) painting.
  • The murder of the prostitute (Terry Quinlan) in toned down in the Derann version (she's beaten around the head off-screen). The BBC version however includes some nasty shots of Kenny ramming his torch into the girl's mouth. Her death from being beaten around the head is no longer shown totally off-screen in the BBC version either.
  • The following scene where Quinlan's body is discovered in cement, is different in the two versions. The BBC version represents this scene with two shots of nudity (the actress obviously found it hard to hold her breath). The Derann version represents it with an odd, (still photograph?) close-up on the girl's face.
  • The last difference is to the 'meat-hook scene' where one of Kenny's victims (Suzanna East) initially drowned is discovered hanging on a meat hook. Both versions play the discovery slightly different, the Derann version includes a brief shot of the girl on the meat hook as well as a second shot that zooms in on the dead girls face. The BBC version begins with an additional long shot of the dead girl, and ends on a second shot, that's actually the first shot we see of the body in the Derann version but is more drawn out. The zoom shot from the Derann version isn't included in the BBC version.
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Connections

References The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

We Are One
Music by Richard Kerr
Lyrics by Joan Maitland
Sung by Richard Kerr & Maxine Barrie
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Chapel of ghouls.
4 February 2011 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

The main character of Robert Hartford-Davis "The Fiend" is an emotionally disturbed religious nut.He loses grip on his sanity and sets off on a killing spree murdering prostitutes and other sexually active women."The Fiend" is a mildly interesting British serial killer flick with sleazy atmosphere and the background of religious fanaticism.The script is quite warped with religious rituals and misogynistic murders.The gospel songs are fantastic and the killings are nasty.One victim is found skewered on a meathook.I haven't seen Robert Hartford-Davis "Corruption",but I'd like too.If you are a fan of sleazy British horror give "The Fiend" a look.6 gospels out of 10.


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