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Sterf... lieveling (1965)

Fanatic (original title)
A young woman is terrorized by her deceased fiancé's demented mother who blames her for her son's death.

Director:

Silvio Narizzano

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Anne Blaisdell (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tallulah Bankhead ... Mrs. Trefoile
Stefanie Powers ... Patricia Carroll
Peter Vaughan ... Harry
Maurice Kaufmann ... Alan Glentower
Yootha Joyce ... Anna
Donald Sutherland ... Joseph
Gwendolyn Watts Gwendolyn Watts ... Gloria
Robert Dorning Robert Dorning ... Ormsby
Philip Gilbert ... Oscar
Winifred Dennis Winifred Dennis ... Shopkeeper
Diana King Diana King ... Woman Shopper
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Storyline

Patricia Carroll arrives in London to get married with her fiancé Alan Glentower. However, the stubborn Pat decides to pay a visit in the country to Mrs. Trefoile, the mother of her former fiancé Stephen, who died in a car accident. Once there, the religious fanatic Mrs. Trefoile insists to Pat to stay overnight to go to the mass on the next morning. After going to the church, the naive Pat tells Mrs. Trefoile that she was not going to marry Stephen, triggering her insanity. Mrs. Trefoile abducts Pat to purify her sins and make her pure for her beloved son. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

The ultimate in SHEAR SHOCK! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1966 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Sterf... lieveling See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tallulah Bankhead sued Columbia Pictures when they renamed the film 'Die! Die! My Darling' for its U.S. release. See more »

Goofs

Although there are no mirrors in the house, Patricia is somehow able to completely restyle her hair into a rather elaborate new hairdo. See more »

Quotes

[Patricia takes a sip of water; Mrs. Trefoile notices the glass]
Mrs. Trefoile: Anna! Come here at once!
Anna: Yes, Mrs. Trefoile?
Mrs. Trefoile: You have not washed up properly! There is a mark on Ms. Carroll's glass.
Pat Carroll: Oh, it's just, it's just my lipstick, Mrs. Trefoile. It will come off, even though they guarantee.
Mrs. Trefoile: Go upstairs and wash it off immediately!
Pat Carroll: Mrs. Trefoile, I'm, I'm sorry, I...
Mrs. Trefoile: Go and remove that FILTH at once!
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Referenced in Sugar Cookies (1973) See more »

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You gotta admire Tallulah!
28 August 1999 | by SardonySee all my reviews

Two ways we enjoy movies are 1) to share the emotional life of characters in a great story, regardless of the performer, and 2) to watch a great performer, regardless of the story. "Die! Die My Darling" "Fanatic"] falls into the latter category; here, Tallulah Bankhead is the great performer. Bankhead was, it is popularly believed, in the depths of alcohol abuse when she made this classic melodramatic thriller. Yet, she turns-in a terr(or)ific performance. Alcohol abuse may have helped her to slur some lines in that unique drawl of hers, but the well-experienced actress that she is - underneath the numb - shines thru by having clearly planned ahead to alternate her episodes of sweetness and rage, and performs them with well-crafted notes. It's an absolute tour-de-force: That ET-like bourbon voice of hers croaking out commands to her servants; like a witch shrieking "Liar!" to Stefanie Powers (and slapping her silly!); and looking like a backsliding soul at her most pitiful digging in her closet for a secret stash. And my favorite image: force-feeding a sermon to Stefanie Powers at gunpoint (Bankhead holding the Bible *and* a gun in her hands!). The story that sets all this into motion: Bankhead receives a visit from her dead son's one-time fiance, played by Stefanie Powers. Bankhead, a religious fanatic [thus the other title to this movie], presumes her son's betrothal to Powers means that they *are* husband and wife - FOR ETERNITY! Powers plays along, at first, but reveals little truths that counter the religious Bankhead's plans for her son's eternal peace; Bankhead, then, turns determined to "save" her son's Grace by keeping Powers pure. And so it goes from that, with escalating animosity. Bankhead is great. The production design is great (sets and color), and Yootha Joyce as the housemaid Anna is also terrific. Powers, however, grossly overacts; but, to her credit, she lets Yootha Joyce really lay into her with obviously no stunt-doubles between them. That was fun. Oh, there's also a couple homage to PSYCHO: recall that scene in Psycho when Vera Miles screams and flails an arm to set swinging the overhead lamp upon entering the fruit cellar. There's an instance when Powers screams and does the same with an overhead lamp. At that moment, listen to the soundtrack: it shrieks for a measure or two like Psycho's shower scene shrieking violins. Cool. I'll let you find the second "borrowing" from Psycho; it's not as obvious. For some campy fun, definitely rent this'n. Powers is a snitty over-acter, and she'll annoy you, but you'll feel she gets what she deserves when the Ol' Lady smacks the stuffing out of her. Plus, Bankhead simply saying the line "Milk?!" will make it all worthwhile - and that's just at the beginning...!


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