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Frightmare (1974)

R | | Horror | July 1975 (USA)
After escaping a death sentence for her hideous crimes, a seemingly rehabilitated woman settles in an isolated farmhouse with her husband, only to ache, once more, for blood, and a crash-course in surgery. Is, indeed, her old self back?

Director:

Pete Walker

Writers:

David McGillivray (screenplay), Pete Walker (from an original story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Davies ... Edmund Yates
Sheila Keith ... Dorothy Yates
Deborah Fairfax Deborah Fairfax ... Jackie
Paul Greenwood Paul Greenwood ... Graham
Kim Butcher ... Debbie
Fiona Curzon Fiona Curzon ... Merle
John Yule John Yule ... Robin (as Jon Yule)
Trisha Mortimer Trisha Mortimer ... Lillian (as Tricia Mortimer)
Victoria Fairbrother ... Delia (as Pamela Farbrother)
Edward Kalinski Edward Kalinski ... Alec
Victor Winding Victor Winding ... Detective Inspector
Anthony Hennessey Anthony Hennessey ... Detective Sergeant
Noel Johnson Noel Johnson ... The Judge
Michael Sharvell-Martin Michael Sharvell-Martin ... Barman
Tommy Wright Tommy Wright ... Nightclub Manager
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Storyline

Edmund and Dorothy Yates are freed after fifteen years in an asylum. Edmund covers up for his wife who is a murderer and a cannibal and Dorothy's daughter Debbie and stepdaughter Jackie, who live apart from them, may or may not have inherited her appetites. Dorothy has started to kill again... Written by Gary Couzens <gjcouzens@btinternet.com>

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Plot Keywords:

brain | brains | unhinged | crazy | mad | See All (82) »

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...more than a bad dream! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The final English-language film of Leo Genn. See more »

Goofs

When Jackie drives to her father and stepmother's house, she sits on the right-hand side of the car (as is normal in the UK). But when she drives back, the footage is the exact mirror of the drive there, with her sitting on the left. See more »

Quotes

Edmund Yates: They said she was well again! They said she was well...
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit the pitchfork murder, shots of blood dripping from Delia's mouth during the poker murder, and a closeup of Graham's mutilated face. The cuts were restored in the 1995 Redemption video release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Visit the farm and you might just buy the farm.
6 March 2013 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

By the 70s, British horror audiences were growing tired of creaky old Gothic horror—bad news for Hammer, whose stock-in-trade was vampires and man-made monsters, but good news for Pete Walker, whose more exploitative brand of horror featured homicidal maniacs that more than satisfied the viewers' blood-lust.

Frightmare (1974) is one such film, a demented tale of a crazy married couple, Edmund and Dorothy Yates (Rupert Davies and Sheila Keith), committed to an asylum for murder and cannibalism, but released fifteen years later, supposedly rehabilitated. Of course, doctors are known to get things wrong from time to time, and dotty Dorothy turns out to be not quite as sane as she had led people to believe.

Dorothy's stepdaughter Jackie (Deborah Fairfax) is convinced that she has matters under control, feeding her stepmother brains bought from a butcher's shop, but she hasn't counted on the involvement of her delinquent 15-year-old half-sister Debbie (the aptly named Kim Butcher), who turns out to be a chop off the old block.

With a drilling, a pitch-forking, a hot poker impalement, and a dead guy with an eye missing from the socket, Frightmare certainly delivers gruesome entertainment by the bucket-load, yet also features stylish direction and some winning performances, particularly from Keith who is genuinely frightening as nutso Dorothy, and jail-bait Butcher, who is equally as scary but also adds a little titillation by prancing around the kitchen in her scanties 7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cover Up See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (opening sequence)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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