What terrifying craving made her kill... and kill... and kill...
In 1957, Dorothy and Edmund Yates (Keith and Rupert Davies) were committed to an institution for the criminally insane, she for acts of murder and cannibalism and he for covering up her crimes. Fifteen years later, they are pronounced fit for society and released. However, in Dorothy's case the doctors may have jumped the gun a bit. Edmund and eldest daughter, Jackie (Deborah Fairfax), try to discover just how far Mother's bloodlust has taken her. Meanwhile, youngest daughter Debbie (Kim Butcher) begins to explore the crazy roots of her family tree as fully as possible.
O Pete Walker έχει φτιάξει μερικές πολύ ενδιαφέρουσες low budget ταινίες σχετικά με το σύστημα δικαιοσύνης και κατά πόσο αυτό λειτουργεί σωστά, σε συνάρτηση με την κοινωνία και με το άτομο ως μονάδα, χρησιμοποιώντας συμβολισμό (π.χ. ο τυφλός δικαστής του HOUSE OF WHIPCORD) και ελάχιστο gore.
Η σκηνοθεσία του είναι πολύ παράξενη, κάτι ανάμεσα σε John Carpenter και Dario Argento, καταφέρνει να κάνει ένα απλά ενδιαφέρον σενάριο να φαίνεται δέκα φορές καλύτερο. Οι πρωταγωνιστές βέβαια δεν βοηθάνε ιδιαίτερα, με εξαίρεση την Sheila Keith, η οποία θα μπορούσε να δείχνει απίστευτα menacing ακόμα κι αν την έβαζαν να γυαλίζει ασημικά ακούγωντας Buddy Holly.
Δεν βρήκα κάτι που να μην μου άρεσε στο FRIGHTMARE, ακόμα και οι ελαφρά off ερμηνείες φαίνονται να ταιριάζουν απόλυτα με αυτό που θέλει να δείξει ο Walker και με τον τρόπο που έχει επιλέξει να το δείξει.
My favourite of all Pete Walkers films - Sheila Keith was one scary mother!!!!!
Great little British chiller from exploitation veteran Pete Walker. An interesting plot involves the unlikely release of a middle aged cannibal who could have probably done with a couple more decades of rehabilitation. There's some decent gore effects and some fantastic bell bottoms. Hell,it was the 70s after all. Sheila Keiths performance is unnervingly unhinged,like a brain damaged Mrs Doubtfire. Good stuff.
Excellent thriller/horror that could only have come out of Britain. What a terrible shame the impact of these mid seventies films was such that they were seemingly shown the door by our reactionary press barons. Exploitation, yes, but also touching on real issues surrounding family and ‘insanity’ as well as reflecting upon the times. We are thrust into a murky degenerate fantasy but all the time reminded that this is ‘true’ and that we cannot trust our sisters, mothers or even fathers. Central performances are fine but there are a couple of bit parts letting the side down and losing this it’s other half star. Nevertheless, a real surprise and a genuine horror.
Having watched a lot of 70's European horror recently, its interesting to see the contrast with what was being made in the UK at the time. Certainly the UK stuff is not as sleazy or gorey and, to me, the stories make slightly more sense with the characters also acting in a more believable way than some of the off the wall behaviour in Euro flicks. This film is quite good fun and musters up memories in someone my age (40's) what with the appearance of Andrew Sachs and the main lead here also being the star of a 70's sitcom called "Rosie".