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The Fiend [Uncut] DVD [1972]

Tony Beckley , Ann Todd , Robert Hartford-Davis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Tony Beckley, Ann Todd, Patrick Magee
  • Directors: Robert Hartford-Davis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Q58KV4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,771 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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There s a sickness in the house on Burbott Road; a sickness not of the body, but of the soul! For several years the sinister Minister (Patrick Magee) and the religious fanatic, Birdy Wemys (Ann Todd) have warped the mind of her psychotic, sexually confused son, Kenny (Tony Beckley). But now Kenny has grown up into a big boy...with big problems. In a savage vendetta of lust and anger, the sexually frustrated Kenny goes on a violent rampage, seeking his redemption in the murder and mutilation of saucy tarts. Witness the unrelenting carnage of The FIEND...and pray for his immortal soul!

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: There's a sickness in the house on Burbott Road; a sickness not of the body, but of the soul! For several years the sinister Minister (Patrick Magee) and the religious fanatic, Birdy Wemys (Ann Todd) have warped the mind of her psychotic, sexually confused son, Kenny (Tony Beckley). But now Kenny has grown up into a big boy with big problems. In a savage vendetta of lust and anger, the sexually frustrated Kenny goes on a violent rampage, seeking his redemption in the murder and mutilation of saucy tarts. Witness the unrelenting carnage of The FIEND and pray for his immortal soul! ...The Fiend ( Beware My Brethren ) ( Beware of the Brethren )


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wash me in his blood... 31 Dec 2010
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Director Robert Hartford-Davis' contributions to the British horror genre are minimal, amounting to little more than the low-grade Hammer imitation The Black Torment (1964), the atypically vicious and hard-to-find Peter Cushing vehicle Corruption (1967), and the ill-fated Incense for the Damned (1969), which is so terrible it defies description. Probably the highlight of the director's somewhat fractured career, 1972's The Fiend is a tawdry psycho-killer thriller that radiates sleaze, yet is somehow impossible to dislike because of the obvious gusto with which it was put together. The ever-seedy Tony Beckley (Get Carter) has perhaps his defining role as a sexually repressed, mother-dominated oddball in the thrall of a religious cult headed by the uniquely weird-looking Patrick Magee. By day a security guard and (improbably) a part-time swimming instructor, by night Beckley is dedicated to `saving' the souls of promiscuous 1970s' dolly birds by strangling them to death...
With its titter-inducing, all-purpose title, mock-arty (though well-composed) shots of Beckley's naked victims, and some truly incongruous but nevertheless excellent music, The Fiend is a real product of its time. Especially striking is the film's opening sequence, in which Beckley's pursuit of a busty, mini-skirted bimbo is intercut with the insane Magee conducting a baptism whilst his `flock' (a collection of about a dozen creepy freaks) gyrate to the toe-tapping track `Wash Me in His Blood', which is belted out by a somewhat out-of-place Shirley Bassey lookalike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and a bit disturbing 17 April 2013
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One of those quirky British horrors that takes you by suprise in just how nasty films could be way back in 1972.

Nice to see a film exposing religious hypocrosy in a horror setting, this has Mummy's boy Tony Beckley hiding his sick and twisted thoughts of purity and goodness behind a religious sect, run by the strict Patrick Magee, and filled with religious misfits who carry their own form of worship too far.

Doting Mum Ann Todd loves "The Brotherhood" and lets them worship in her home, little knowing that her son is a depraved voyeur and murderer, killing off fallen women and recording their deaths on audio tape, to be played back and enjoyed at a later date.
Sick and nasty, this is the full cut that has been shown on BBC several times, but is stronger than the old VHS version from the 80's.

If you like weird and twisted horrors, this might be your thing.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish kinetic sleaze 2 May 2009
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The Fiend
Tony Beckley was one of the 1970's finest creepy character actors, appearing in three thriller horror pictures beginning with Assault and ending in When A Stranger Calls. The Fiend being the second and a chance to flesh-out the part of a deeply disturbed young man torn between his relationship with a domineering religious obsessed mother and resultant repressed adolescent obsession with young women.
Writer Brian Comport previously worked on the unique Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly (still to be released on DVD) Pete Walkers' unavailable Man Of Violence and finally The Asphyx due for release again, hopefully in anamorphic widescreen this time.
Genre director Robert Hartford-Davis vividly imbues this tale with stylish scenes of kinetic sleaze, from the opening pursuit of the fiend's first victim the viewer is captivated into a 1970's Britain of free-love and easy virtue juxtaposed against pernicious religious indoctrination. Character actor legend Patrick Magee is perfectly cast as Beckley's surrogate patriarch who ordains with tyrannical austerity his coven of perceivably weak-morale brethren on a quest to govern over more souls and in the process turns Beckley's ill mother's home into a recruiting sect of sin preaching totalitarianism.
The Fiend is one of a handful of original, well orchestrated early 70's British films yet to be given a decent DVD release. Others include Goodbye Gemini, Fragment of Fear, The Night Digger and afore mentioned Girly.
Hopefully Odeon Entertainment will acquire an uncut print which was aired late one night by accident on the BBC at the beginning of this decade, opposed to the more recent heavily edited version available on Redemption DVD USA.
Recommended to fellow children of the 70's like myself who fondly remember staying up late at the weekend to watch endless television screenings of I Don't Want To Be Born and the cult classic Psychomania.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 1970's sleazy British horror 26 Nov 2008
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Birdy Wemys(Anne Todd) and her son Kenneth(Tony Beckley) live in a big house, and are also devoted followers of a controlling Evangelical minister(Patrick Magee). The house is also the meeting place for the followers of the religion. Kenneth is a severely disturbed man who when not working as a security guard or hiding barely repressed desires for his mother, he spends his time slaying various women who he considers unclean or sinners. A journalist friend of Mrs Wemys's new nurse senses an expose of the minister and his religion, and posing as a convert gains access to the house, unaware that a murderer lives within its walls.
The director of this film Robert Hartford-Davis was also responsible for the great sleazy British horror 'Corruption'. This effort is very modest in comparison, despite containing a couple of great performances from Beckley who plays Kenneth as a ticking time bomb of sexual repression and morbid compulsions(in fact he steals the film whenever he's in a scene) and Magee as the blinkered priest. The scenes that work the best are when the religious service cuts to one of Kenneth's brutal murders and back again. This film is also unashamedly vitriolic in its scorn for religious fundamentalism, as all the religions followers are portrayed as weak, mad or psychotic.
The film also has a great visual style used to good effect in the oppresive house. However the film does drag in places, especially when Beckley or Magee are not on screen, and the murders and sermons get a bit repetative after a while.
So to sum up an interesting, not entirely successful attempt to cross horror with social commentary, best enjoyed as a straightforward psycho thriller. 3 out of 5
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