Frightmare

Frightmare

Director: Pete Walker

Cast: Pete Walker, Sheila Keith, Rupert Davies, Deborah Fairfax

     
 

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Pete Walker's horror film Frightmare comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making it difficult to recommend this Image title to anyone other than an ardent genre enthusiast

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Pete Walker's horror film Frightmare comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making it difficult to recommend this Image title to anyone other than an ardent genre enthusiast.

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Although he had previous delved into the horror genre, Frightmare is the film that truly made the case for Pete Walker as an English genre auteur. His script takes a clever approach, rooting its horror elements into a fairly convincing portrait of a dysfunctional family. Thus, when the horror elements rise to the surface, they have a genuinely queasy power. Walker's direction has a nice, unfussy sense of style to it, effectively evoking the atmosphere of English life to create an interesting backdrop for the story's unnerving events. Peter Jessop's sharp lensing and a subtle, melodic score from Stanley Myers are helpful in creating this mood. However, it's the performances that really drive it all home: Deborah Fairfax underplays nicely as the sympathetic heroine while Kim Butcher eagerly digs into a showier role as her troublesome younger sister and Rupert Davies brings a palpable sense of sorrow to his role as the guilty, enabling husband. That said, Sheila Keith delivers the performance that is likely to stick in the viewer's mind as the crazed mother: she veers back and forth between childlike confusion and pure malice with skill and her growing madness in the film's latter phases is likely to give viewers a chill. In short, Frightmare is a potent little chiller that is worth a look to horror fans in search of suitably grim fare from the 1970's and a worthy testament to Pete Walker's distinctive genre skills.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2001
UPC:
0014381934625
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:23:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sheila Keith Dorothy
Rupert Davies Edmund
Deborah Fairfax Jackie
Leo Genn Dr. Lytell
Kim Butcher Debbie
Noel Johnson Judge
Andrew Sachs Barry
Tommy Wright Nightclub Manager
Fiona Curzon Merle
Trisha Mortimer Lilian
Pamela Farbrother Delia
Victor Winding Detective Inspector
Gerald Flood Matthew

Technical Credits
Pete Walker Director,Original Story,Producer
Chris Burke Art Director
Robert Dearberg Editor
Peter Jessop Cinematographer
David McGillivray Screenwriter
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Tony Tenser Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Listings
1. A Secret Past; Main Title [6:04]
2. Barroom Brawl [7:17]
3. Family Matters [11:23]
4. A Special Reading [7:08]
5. Trying To Help [4:03]
6. Digging Deeper [5:28]
7. Mother's Secret [5:37]
8. A Relapse [8:59]
9. Turning A Bline Eye [5:06]
10. It Runs In The Family [7:25]
11. A False Reading [5:16]
12. Keeping It In The Family; End Credits [8:49]

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