Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) ( Fanatic ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)
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France released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Collectors Edition, Documentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: While in rural England beautiful Pat Carroll decides to pay a courtesy call on the mother of her dead fiance Stephen, who was killed in an auto accident several years earlier. The overbearing Mrs. Trefoile is very controlling and presses Pat to stay overnight and go to church with her in the morning. In short order, her guest becomes her prisoner as the religious fanatic uses her servants to enforce her will. When Pat tells her that she wasn't going through with the marriage and that Stephen actually committed suicide, Mrs. Trefoile decides to starve her into obedient submission. Her only hope is that Alan, her current fiance, will rescue her. ...Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) ( Fanatic ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)
- Language : English, French
- Director : Silvio Narizzano
- Media Format : Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
- Run time : 96 minutes
- Actors : Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Donald Sutherland, Tallulah Bankhead, Maurice Kaufmann
- Subtitles: : French
- Studio : CineMalta
- ASIN : B08CCN84VK
- Number of discs : 2
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Here we have an average looking film but which is fully redeemed by an absolutely fantastic script and a no-less fantastic cast.
As far as the script is concerned, Richard Matheson wrote a screenplay that is slightly tongue in cheek, even campy at times, but also very scary: fear is never far out and the viewer is being kept on his toes throughout.
I must also say that all the characters are extremely well-written, in particular the victim of Mrs Trefoyle's madness. The usual "defenseless" prisoner will not stop trying to escape for 90 minutes and will show resilience and stamina. With a script like this, mostly-TV-director Silvio Narizzano has little to do , and indeed, little does he.
Indeed, the cast is top notch, from lead roles to bit parts. As the evil Mrs Trefoyle, Tallulah Bankhead is just sublime, OTT and seriously deranged: a performance to cherish. 22-years-old Stefanie Powers gets in Bankhead's face with aplomb, assurance, and a lack of fear which is absolutely brilliant. Around them, the actors are phenomenal. Sutherland makes the most of a (virtually) non-speaking part, Peter Vaughan (now a regular in "Game of Thrones") is appropriately sadistic and sex-obsessed, while Yootha Jones as the torn maid, is beautiful and hurt by her husband's behaviour - a great performance, that is.
A lot of scenes will get you out of your seats and overall this is a great movie, shot in Elstree (and not at Bray), which was a very encouraging sign for the new "Hammer".
The setting is both drab and menacing without being overdone, the tension builds nicely and the production values are high. As another reviwer says, the music is awful - Wilfred Josephs must have either completely misunderstood the brief or had a really off day. But don't be dissuaded from giving this film a go.
A young American woman called Pat (Stefanie Powers) arrives in England to see her fiancee Alan (Maurice Kaufman). She tells Alan that she wishes to visit Mrs. Trefoile (Tallulah Bankhead), the mother of her former lover Stephen. Unfortunately, Stephen is now dead and, even more unfortunately for Pat, his mother is a religious fanatic who is not playing with a full deck.
Shortly after Pat arrives at Mrs. Trefoile's large house things start to go horribly wrong when Pat does not conform to Mrs. T's religious beliefs and the situation turns really nasty when Mrs. T learns that Pat plans to marry someone else. Mrs. T decides to keep Pat as a prisoner in her house and teach her the errors of her ways with the aid of her servants (who are also a few slices short of a full loaf) and a loaded pistol which she is not afraid to use if necessary. A game of cat and mouse then ensues (hence the opening credits sequence) as Pat tries to escape from her crazy captors.
Although this film is not one of Hammer's greatest efforts it is still worth watching mainly because of the good cast. The role of Mrs. Trefoile would have been perfect for Bette Davis or Joan Crawford but Tallulah Bankhead is still very good in the part and puts in a suitably wide-eyed, ranting performance. Her character is just as much a monster as Dracula, Frankenstein's creature or The Mummy.
If you like this movie then you may also wish to track down and check out Crescendo, another 1960s Hammer thriller starring sexy Stefanie Powers.