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Frightmare

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After spending 18 years in an institution, suburban mother Dorothy Yates is released, apparently cured of her cannibalistic urges. Yet her bloodlust proves to be too much to resist and it appears it may even be hereditary!

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Pete Walker and biographer Steven Chinball
  • Still gallery
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Product Details

  • Actors: Rupert Davies, Sheila Keith, Deborah Fairfax, Paul Greenwood, Kim Butcher
  • Directors: Pete Walker
  • Writers: Pete Walker, David McGillivray
  • Producers: Pete Walker, Tony Tenser
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Dolby
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EOTTY0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frightmare" on IMDb

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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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FRIGHTMARE

(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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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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"Frightmare" falls into the horror/slasher genre although it is way toned down compared to contemporary slasher flicks like Friday the 13th and a Nightmare on Elm Street, to name a few. There are several movies titled "Frightmare" so it took me a couple of tries before I found the listing on IMDB for the one I watched. This "Frightmare" is the 1974 British production which has the alternate title "Cover Up".

The story begins with a B&W scene set in the past and also includes a judge passing down sentence though the identity of the condemned is not revealed. The movie then moves to the present (in color) where a young woman named Jackie appears to have her hands full trying to cope with her sister, a 15-year-old hellion named Debbie. At a gathering organized by Jackie's girlfriend, Jackie meets a young psychiatrist and the pair connect. Things don't go smoothly for the couple though, primarily because Jackie tries to keep him at arms' length. Debbie, Jackie's younger sister is also in trouble with the law for having participated in an assault case, but Jackie just can't seem to reach her sister. Meanwhile, Jackie makes nocturnal visits to a run-down place that is the home of an elderly couple. Who is the couple, and what is Jackie's role in their lives?

The story unfolds slowly but I thought the suspense was credibly built up, and the horror when it is unleashed is quite violent. As I mentioned earlier, those who have been numbed by the violence in contemporary movies such as the "Saw" and "Hostel" movies will find this extremely tame in comparison. Fans of old school horror though will find plenty to appreciate here, and I appreciated the compelling plot and the time taken to develop and portray these characters, both the good and bad ones.
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