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Daughter Of Darkness [DVD]

Anne Crawford , Maxwell Reed    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anne Crawford, Maxwell Reed, Siobhan McKenna
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42MXI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,775 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Postwar Gothic thriller featuring Britain's first female serial killer. In the small Irish town of Ballyconnen, Emmy Baudine (Siobhan McKenna) is a beautiful but disturbed young woman who works for the local priest. When the carnival comes to town, she encounters a handsome young boxer called Dan (Maxwell Reed) - and lays his face open with her fingernails when he expects sexual favours form her. Hurriedly packed off to Yorkshire by Father Corcoran (Liam Redmond), Emmy is taken in by a farming family and manages to suppress the strange feelings of fascination and revulsion that she experiences in the presence of the opposite sex. Until, that is, the carnival comes to town and she finds herself face to face with the vengeful Dan...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The story sees an Irish girl Emmie (Siobhan McKenna) driven from her community and relocated with a farm family in England. Other women can sense evil around her yet she seems innocent to the viewer. However, by the end of the film, it's pretty clear that Emmie is bad news as the body count increases! Throughout the film, Bess (Anne Crawford) senses that there is something wrong about the girl. She finally fires her to which the response is "You'll be sorry". You just know that there is going to be a repercussion .... and there is.....

Siobhan McKenna is creepy in the lead role - she looks weird. The English family that she stays with is pretty ghastly with their extremely posh accents and enthusiasm for everything (among the guilty for inappropriate posh dialect is Honor Blackman) yet this doesn't distract from the story. It's a good film with some genuinely creepy scenes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 1 Jun 2007
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A real find. A film noir/serial killer/feminist/psycho-drama set in the rural countryside. Siobhann Mckenna is great as the anti-heroine and the young Honor Blackman shines in an early role. Also on show is the great Maxwell Reed as a fairground boxer who falls for her charms. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lilith Chapter. 28 Mar 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Daughter of Darkness is directed by Lance Comfort and adapted to screenplay by Max Catto from his own play titled They Walk Alone. It stars Anne Crawford, Maxwell Reed, Siobhan McKenna, George Thorpe, Barry Morse, Liam Redmond, Cyril Smith and Honor Blackman. Music is by Clifton Parker and cinematography by Stanley Pavey.

Emmie Beaudine (McKenna) isn't liked by the women folk of the Irish village community where she lives. There's something about her that riles them, frightens them even. So when the women of the village round up on her keeper, the priest, she is sent off to live on a farm in a North Yorkshire county of England. Which is timely as she has had an altercation with one of the men from a travelling fair. Once at the "Tallent" family farm, Emmie settles in well and seems genuinely happy, but still some of the women folk in the vicinity view her with suspicion, and when a face from Emmie's past shows up, it's the catalyst for doom and desperation.

It's an odd chiller of a movie, something of an acquired taste, it's hard to pigeonhole. Never overtly horror, noir or otherwise, it's not hard to see why some specialist genre fans have found it a disappointment. Yet if you can buy into Comfort and Catto's ethereal world there's a picture of great rewards here, a complex character study mingling with asides on sexual empowerment, even a story with supernatural leanings, the edges of which are deliberately shaded in grey. And of course there's the crime factor bulging at the seams, Emmie Beaudine a cold murderess, her rhyme and reason for being so repulsed by male sexual contact is again deliberately left floating in an emotionally distorted purgatory.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Opinion. 25 May 2014
By Sheba
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Purchased this movie because it starred Maxwell Reed who is one of my favourite actors and his fillms are hard to find.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mad as a bag of hammers! 15 Mar 2008
By Pallus the Phallus VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is an old black & white film from 1948 with any darker moments inferred rather than shown explicitly. -The kind of thing you might find showing on BBC2 on a weekday afternoon.

But it still pulls you in. Mainly due to the convincing performance of the protagonist -confused/mad/possessed? You decide!

**SPOIL** It's basically a story about a (barking) woman who has a particular way with men -she has them bang her and then she bangs them back. Ouch! -She definitely needs therapy! **SPOIL OVER**

Bit of a weak ending but I enjoyed it overall.

I would love to see a remake with the same acting performance but more explicit sex and violence.
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