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Frightmare (1974)

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"Edmund and Dorothy Yates are freed after fifteen years in an asylum. Edmund covers up for his wife who is a murderer and a cannibal and Dorothy's daughter Debbie and stepdaughter Jackie, who live apart from them, may or may not have inherited her appetites. Dorothy has started to kill again."

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Review Date: 10 September 2003 My Rating: out of 5


Sheila Keith plays a supposedly cured cannibal recently released from the nuthouse (how does THAT work, exactly?) who goes back to her old, couldn't see that one coming.

The always welcome Rupert Davies plays her rather embarrassed but spineless husband, and Deborah Fairfax is their estranged daughter. She's bringing up her sister, who unlike Fairfax is unaware of her parents' existence.

Forget the hype, this excruciatingly slow-moving and rather stuffy horror pic is only marginally more violent than the typical offerings from British horror in the s.

It has earned a rep for being a nasty little number, but this is mostly due to horrendously misleading advertising, promoting it as sort of a Brit 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' ('A moral obscenity!' a quote on the box said), except that film isn't as violent as its reputation, either. The ending is botched, and the narrative rather confusing at times.

A great eye-drilling moment, though. It's just average, and horribly talky, despite two very commendable performances.

Underwhelming, ugly to look at, and rather flat, from the director of 'House of Whipcord'. It's a major disappointment, watch a Hammer film instead- less gory but much more fun.

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