Frightmare (1974)





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This ghoulishly fun Grand Guignol horror piece from director Pete Walker features a tour-de-force performance by Sheila Keith as Dorothy Yates, who was committed to a mental hospital in 1957 for a series of cannibal-killings along with her devoted husband Edmund (Rupert Davies). They are judged sane and released 18 years later, whereupon they take up residence at an old farm. Edmund's daughter Jackie lives in the city, where she tries to take care of her wild sister Debbie (Kim Butcher), … More

Rating: R (sex, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: David McGillivray
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 7, 1989
Spartan Home Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for Frightmare

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Frightmare has its share of ugliness, but it's also considered work from Walker, who isn't merely out to sicken, but haunt his audience with this effective picture.

Full Review… | March 23, 2014

Audience Reviews for Frightmare

It had slow pacing, much like the Hammer films and other horror flick from the UK, which lead me to believe that it's a thing about british cinema.
Besides that it was interesting enough, and out-there enough to be enjoyed.
It's quite a kooky horror tale.

Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer

I was ultimately dissappointed in Frightmare...there needed to be more murder and less discussion. It moved too slowly, although the end was pretty good.

Released from prison, a couple starts indulging their cannibalistic urges once again, and there's hints that their children may also suffer from the family curse.

Watchable, but Jesus Christ the older female lead looks like Jonathan Winters in drag, which is amazingly distracting.


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