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Frightmare [Blu-ray]

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Years after being committed to an insane asylum for practicing cannibalism, a married couple (Rupert Davies and Sheila Keith) are let back into society... Of all the grisly horrors directed by Pete Walker, Britain's chief specialist in shock cinema, Frightmare is perhaps his best known work. Much of this has to do with the memorably lurid ad campaign, not to mention the indelible image of elderly Sheila Keith advancing towards the camera, wide-eyed and brandishing a power drill. Typical of Walker's films, Frightmare abandons subtlety in favor of outright jabs at the establishment while embracing graphic gore and mayhem in a manner that makes the Hammer films of the period look positively quaint in comparison.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HR7364Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Petty on August 23, 2012
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This is a fairly well acted old style British horror (set in the disco age) it begins in black and white, that gives you a glimpse into the past. You may think that this movie is about the 2 young women who dominate the opening. 1 is a responsible woman trying to shoulder many burdens. The other is an underage hell raiser out for drinking, fooling around, with a bit of blood on the side. Later the movie focuses in on the parents and their dark past and secrets. The movie climax is not a happy one and most people growing up on Hollywood endings wont see it coming. The movie is a bit hard to follow as so many secrets are being kept but eventually most things are concluded satisfactorily.

There is a disturbing scene where the mother goes at a dead body with a powerdrill (Nothing is shown except the mothers crazed face as blood splatters Her).

If you like older horrors with a lot of subplots this is a good watch. If you get easily annoyed with movies taking awhile to get somewhere you might want to pass.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on June 15, 2006
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Two cannibals were eating a clown. One said to the other, "Does this taste funny to you?"

Two cannibals were sitting beside the fire after a sumptuous meal. One turned to the other and said, "Your wife sure makes a good roast."

"Yeah, I'm really going to miss her."

What did the cannibal get when he was late for dinner?

The cold shoulder.

Okay, these jokes are pretty lame, but I really couldn't think of another way to start my review for Pete Walker's cannibalistic treat Frightmare (1974). Produced, co-written, and directed by Pete Walker (The Flesh and Blood Show, House of Whipcord, Schizo), Frightmare features Sheila Keith (House of Whipcord, House of Mortal Sin), Rupert Davies (The Brides of Fu Manchu, The Conqueror Worm), Deborah Fairfax (Missing Persons), Kim Butcher (House of Mortal Sin), and Paul Greenwood (Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter). Also appearing is Jon Yule (House of Mortal Sin), Fiona Curzon (Queen Kong), and Edward Kalinski (Intimate Games).

After a slightly off putting black and white opening sequence set in London England in 1957, we meet Jackie (Fairfax) and Debbie (Butcher), two sisters who share a flat. Jackie, the elder, cares for Debbie, who's all of fifteen and a real `bloody delinquent', after the death of their parents Dorothy and Edmund so many years ago, or so Debbie believes, but Jackie knows different. In reality Dorothy and Edmund have spent the last fifteen years (at least) in a mental institution for some heinous crimes committed in the past, have recently been certified as being cured and released, and are now residing on a secluded farm just outside of town. What were they committed for? Oh, not much, just a little murder and a bit of the cannibalism...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Libretio on October 25, 2001
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(UK - 1974)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

One of the great exploitation titles of all time, FRIGHTMARE has often been described as the UK's answer to THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) due to its bleak scenario and uncompromising violence. More importantly, the film established one of the horror genre's most distinctive villains, the deceptively fragile Dorothy Yates, an elderly serial killer who was making a meal of her victims long before Thomas Harris brought Hannibal Lecter to mainstream attention. Sentenced to an asylum in 1957 for acts of cannibalism along with her husband Edmund (Rupert Davies), who conspired to hide her crimes from the world, Dorothy (Sheila Keith) is released fifteen years later and soon slips back into her old ways, luring unwary victims to her isolated farmhouse with promises of Tarot readings before stabbing them to death with various household implements. Edmund's daughter from a previous marriage (Deborah Fairfax) suspects Dorothy is still insane and is forced to enlist the help of her psychiatrist boyfriend (Paul Greenwood). But the Yates' have another daughter (the aptly named Kim Butcher!), conceived just before their incarceration, and she's already beginning to show disturbing signs of following in her mother's footsteps...

Having infuriated UK tabloid hacks with his barely-disguised assault on the Festival of Light in HOUSE OF WHIPCORD (1974), director Pete Walker conceived the notion of cannibalism in the Home Counties (!) and commissioned a script from "Whipcord" scribe David McGillivray, a movie critic-turned-scriptwriter who later became an outspoken opponent of British film censorship (watch for his brief, wordless cameo as a white-coated doctor).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By janneman63 on May 7, 2001
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This is a movie most people hate or admire, but it's very hard to love. Pete Walker no doubt wanted to make his own "Texas chainsaw massacre" and, at the same time, some sort of statement about families gone bad (in this case REALLY bad), all in exploitation movie format. "Frightmare" is a truly depressing, shocking and disturbing movie, primarily because it manages to make it's goings-on seem a little bit plausible. The performances are natural and unaffected, the murders unpleasant (but not as gory as you think they are at a first viewing) and the 70's settings grey and bleak. At the heart of the movie, and it's greatest strength, is Sheila Keith! Her performance as Dorothy Yates is truly chilling and yet strangely sympathetic. Her savage attacks on her victims and, moments later, her timid knitting-mother style, chilled me to the bone. The final family confrontation in the attic truly is one of british cinemas most disturbing moments. Rupert Davies as her weak and suffering husband is also strong, but more subdued (it couldn't be otherwise). You are at the edge of your seat almost during the whole movie because you feel that almost no one is save from the slaughter (and how right you are!). Pete Walker never did anything approaching this level ever again (though he tried hard and had Mrs Keith cast as a murderess two more times). However, be warned, this is not for every taste (no pun intented).
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