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Die! Die! My Darling!

Overview

This Hammer film production is a surprisingly frightening horror thriller and a hoot-fest for lovers of over-the-top acting. Young Pat Carroll Stefanie Powers goes to the home of her dead fiancé to meet his beloved mother, Mrs. Trefoile Tallulah Bankhead. There, she discovers that Mrs. Trefoile is not the loving mother she had anticipated, but rather a grieving psychopath who blames Pat for the death of her son. Tallulah Bankhead, in her last film, has never been know for her subtle acting, but in this she lets ...
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Overview

This Hammer film production is a surprisingly frightening horror thriller and a hoot-fest for lovers of over-the-top acting. Young Pat Carroll Stefanie Powers goes to the home of her dead fiancé to meet his beloved mother, Mrs. Trefoile Tallulah Bankhead. There, she discovers that Mrs. Trefoile is not the loving mother she had anticipated, but rather a grieving psychopath who blames Pat for the death of her son. Tallulah Bankhead, in her last film, has never been know for her subtle acting, but in this she lets go of all restraint and gives a performance equal to that of Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Her maniacal intensity is comic, camp, and surprisingly effective. Stefanie Powers, who underplays her role, is a great contrast as the puzzled and then terrified Pat. This movie is a must-see for all lovers of camp horror movies or fans of the memorable Tallulah Bankhead. Die! Die! My Darling! was also released as Fanatic.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Hammer certainly knew its way around exploitation films, and Die! Die! My Darling! is one of their most entertaining. Great cinema? Not for one moment, but it never pretends to be. What's surprising about Die! Die! is that it is actually a better film than it is reputed to be. Is it camp? Yes, there's plenty of camp here, but it's not an unrelieved camp-fest -- and the camp doesn't get in the way of the suspense and horror elements that are at the core of the film. Is Tallulah Bankhead over the top? Of course, but so is the character, and Bankhead actually calibrates her performance very carefully so that it doesn't become repetitive and wearing. There are any number of moments when Bankhead underplays, which make those moments when she really lets go that much more impressive. In addition, Richard Matheson's screenplay is very well structured, if a bit mechanical, and it mixes the genuinely disturbing with some delicious black comedy. The script's biggest failing, unfortunately, is its inability to make the character of Pat really believable (through no fault of Stefanie Powers, who does a fine job). The viewer can't really accept that Pat would have stayed with someone so obviously insane for so long or that she would not have put up a greater effort to escape when her predicament initially became clear; for that matter, even if wounded, how could Pat not have at least taken advantage of the scissors at her disposal early in the film? These kinds of problems damage the movie, but not fatally. Die! Die!'s thrills may be cheap, but they're thrills nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • UPC: 043396399341
  • Original Release: 1965
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 21,715

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tallulah Bankhead Mrs. Trefoile
Stefanie Powers Pat Carroll
Peter Vaughan Harry
Maurice Kaufmann Alan Glentower
Yootha Joyce Anna
Donald Sutherland Joseph
Gwendolyn Watts Gloria
Robert Dorning Ormsby
Philip Gilbert Oscar
Winifred Dennis Shopkeeper
Diana King Woman Shopper
Technical Credits
Silvio Narizzano Director
Roy Ashton Makeup
John Dunsford Editor
Anthony Hinds Producer
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
Wilfred Josephs Score Composer
Richard Matheson Screenwriter
Richard Mills Makeup
James Needs Editor
Peter Proud Production Designer
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