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Frightmare [DVD] [1974]

Sheila Keith , Kim Butcher , Pete Walker    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sheila Keith, Kim Butcher, Rupert Davies, Deborah Fairfax, Fiona Curzon
  • Directors: Pete Walker
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2010
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Q58KVY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,830 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From the master of cult British horror: Pete Walker (House of Whipcord, The Flesh and Blood Show) comes this gruesome tale of dark secrets and bizarre realities. Edmund and Dorothy Yates (Rupert Davies & Sheila Keith) were finally pronounced sane after they had spent 18 years in a mental hospital for a series of gory cannibal killings. Now, after their release Edmund s daughter Jackie (Deborah Fairfax), occasionally checks in on them at their secluded farmhouse and everything seems fine... until Jackie's psychiatrist boyfriend, Graham, starts poking around and uncovers the blood-spattered truth. Dorothy is crazier than ever, luring unsuspecting victims to her home for tarot card readings and them massacring them with fire pokers, electric drills and pitchforks! What's more, this grisly craving apparently runs in the family... DVD EXTRAS: Director's commentary, Interview with Pete Walker, Theatrical Trailer, Stills Gallery, Best of British Trailers and Booklet notes.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This film is, more or less, a video nasty. However, whilst neither a pleasant nor glossy production, the acting and script are generally good. The fact that this is an exploitation piece designed to produce as much offensive gore as the censor would allow does indeed leave a nasty taste in the mouth (and does credit to the poster), but this fault is rendered almost irrelevant by the outstanding performance of Sheila Keith as the lead character Dorothy Yates.

Almost entirely unknown outside of those interested in Pete Walker films (or those that have an intimate knowledge of the bit parts in Britsh sitcoms that she otherwise filled), Sheila Keith is an absolute revelation. She manages to convey the most terrifying screen presence as the apprently kind old lady Mrs.Yates, whose mood can turn on a sixpence to become a vindictive maniacal killer. The most chilling moments are not when she has the drill (these scenes are in fact wholly unnecessary) but when she performs tarot readings aside a cup of tea and a chintzy tablecloth. You may now ask yourself, "Can a performance really be so very chilling? From a 1970's cheapie?" The answer I can assure you is, "Yes."

Not by accident is Sheila Keith venerated by those few who have seen Pete Walker's films, not by accident was she chosen to reprise this role in the parody 'Dr.Terrible's House of Horrible': hers is indeed a remarkable performance. You will have to wade through some muddy colour and some gore to get to it, but don't count yourself as a horror film fan until you have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous old school terror !! 2 Aug 2012
This film had me and my then girlfriend scared out of our wits at the cinema back in the 70s. I had to buy it when i found out it was available on dvd. I have to say i thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this classic horror film. No fancy special affects in this one, just a spine chilling plot mixed in with some blood and guts and some fantastic character acting from the cast. This is Pete Walkers best film, no wonder we were both petrified back then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thankyou 24 Mar 2013
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very good horror film strange and scary never watch it alone its really good and shaken and frighting as well
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A historical horror treat 30 May 2011
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As a fan of early 70s British horror I had high expectations and this certainly filled all my graves of deathly infatuation.
The characters are well drawn and develop well through a darkly suspensful and well told storyline. You are genuinly fascinated in the relationship dynamics of the elderly couple and have sympathy for their elder daughter. I especially like the way the film has a depth that constantly questions your responses to each character. You feel thrust into the role of an investigator into its dark heart as opposed to the usual passive voyeurism. The sanity of all characters is in constant question, not just the woman released from hospital.....
The atmosphere created by the script and photography is superb. I find returning to a past era usually helps to evoke a haunting feel anyway but, besides this, tension is carefully built and plotted throughout, culminating in an effective and satisfying closing pay off scene.
Overall this certainly does not disappoint. Its one of those quirky understated horrors that quietly lodges into your brain long after the lights are out and occasionally nudges your unconscious.

Why can't the endless torture and set piece obsession of modern day horror learn from movies like this?
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1.0 out of 5 stars MY SISTER IS A BIT OF AN EXTROVERT 14 Jun 2014
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Edmund (Rupert Davies) and Dorothy (Sheila Keith) have been released from a mental institution, their home for 18 years. They are cured from killing and eating people...almost. The oldest daughter Jackie (Deborah Fairfax ) cares for her 15 year old half-sister Debbie (Kim Butcher) who is a bit wild like her mother. Jackie tells Debbie their parents are dead, while she sneaks out at night to visit them with an offering from the butcher store.

The film was on the slow side. The gore factor is minimal. Some blood splatter and an occasional red meat special effect. I was bored for most of the film.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Fair DVD transfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frightmare 19 April 2011
superb cast, great story made by the low budget franchises that made British makers promote talent above effects, style above salaciousness.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "They said she was better"! 1 Dec 2009
The movie starts with a flashback to 1957 where we see a young,just proir to fawlty towers,Andrew Sachs visiting a trailer in an out of season theme park.Then we see a courtroom and a judge sentencing a married couple to years in an institution,for murder,until they are cured.It moves to present day(1974)and into the city to find a young girl in a night club and the cycle begins again.I do not want to spoil this for anyone ,so i wont say much more than this is a genuinely creepy and horrific movie.It has brilliant performances from,Pete Walker regular,Sheila Keith and,the always reliable,Rupert Davies(TVs Maigret,Witchfinder general,Dracula has risen from his grave,Waterloo).There are some extras namely a commentary by director,Pete Walker,and his regular cameraman,Peter Jessop,a Pete Walker trailer gallery and a poster gallery. As i have only recently seen this movie for the first time i cant really comment on whether it is a cut or uncut version but during the commentary the director mentions that it was cut by the censors before the public had seen it.It still was violent enough for its purpose.A surprising gem.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghastly, Ghoulish, Grotty & Gory.
Frightmare is directed by Pete Walker who also co-writes the screenplay with David McGillivray. It stars Rupert Davies, Shelia Keith, Deborah Fairfax, Paul Greenwood and Kim... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Spike Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Pete Walker's cult classic
I've been a horror fan ever since watching the BBC's horror movie double bills that were first broadcast in the late 1970s. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Richwicz
4.0 out of 5 stars cut and cut
this film is cut the car park scean where the girl goes back is missing.I have ordered the image copy hope this hasn't been cut this film is mild compaered to some modern films,tho... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. Rawlins
3.0 out of 5 stars cut
this film although good picture quality is heavily cut and should not be on sale,they should put a warning on the cover heavily cut you can't keep buying dvds and then find its... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. Rawlins
4.0 out of 5 stars Gore and Cannibalism in the Home Counties
Pete Walker's 'Frightmare' is a gloriously gory mix of psychopathic and cannibalistic killings and pretty English cottages, all topped with all those naff '70's fashions, haircuts... Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by Tim Kidner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good seventies horror
This slightly bonkers film is a classic of early seventies horror. Not many films feature a murderous, cannabalistic granny weilding a power drill! Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2011 by Freddie Valentine
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