It's most unfortunate that all the smaller-scaled psychological thrillers Hammer produced during the mid 60's remain somewhat in the shadows of their more grotesque and Grand Guignol featuring horror & Sci-Fi productions (like the Dracula and Frankenstein franchises or the Quatermass trilogy), because there are quite a few of genuine treasures to discover! "Fanatic" a.k.a. "Die! Die! My Darling" is such a wondrous example of an original and highly atmospheric but sadly underrated Hammer thriller. Richard Matheson's screenplay ? adapted from a novel by Anne Blaisdell ? is terrifically tight & uncomfortably credible, the atmosphere is uncanny throughout and Tallulah Bankhead's performance as the insane religious freak truly stands as one of the greatest in the history of horror cinema. Whilst visiting England with her new lover, all-American girl Pat Carroll plans to pay a visit to Mrs. Trefoile; the mother of her ex-fiancée who died in a car accident before they ever had the chance of getting married. Mrs. Trefoile acts a bit whiny and exaggeratedly religious at first, but still fairly harmless since the visit is meant to be brief and formal. However, Mrs. Trefoile turns into a totally religion-obsessed fruitcake when she learns Pat isn't a virgin anymore and never actually intended to marry her son in the first place! She gets more fanatic than Jesus himself and locks Pat away in the secluded mansion's attic with the intention to cleanse her soul and prepare her to reunite with the son in the afterlife. The concept of this film is simply stupendous, if you ask me, and veteran writer Richard Matheson makes sure that every tiniest possible detail in the script gets covered. There are also some very intriguing sub plots, like the awkward relationships between Mrs. Trefoile's servants and the gradual unfolding of what exactly happened between Pat and Mrs. Trefoile departed son. There are a few clearly noticeable similarities between this film and Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", which leads to some obvious twists and a fairly predictable finale. But then again, you can't blame the film for this since pretty much every horror movie made after 1960 is influenced by "Psycho" in one way or another. Tallulah (I even love typing her name) Bankhead obviously steals the show in every scene she's in, but the rest of fine cast deserves a word of respect as well, including a young Donald Sutherland as the mentally disabled gardener. Next time you set up a list of favorite Hammer films, make sure you watch "Fanatic" first and I guarantee it will be in there somewhere.
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Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) 1080p
Fanatic is a movie starring Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, and Peter Vaughan. A young woman is terrorized by her deceased fiancé's demented mother who blames her for her son's death.
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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.
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Tallulah Bankhead: the world's most dreaded mother-in-law!Reviewed byCoventryVote: 8/10
Before she marries her handsome fiancé (and becomes "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E."), pretty Stefanie Powers (as Patricia "Pat" Carroll) decides to visit Tallulah Bankhead (as Mrs. Trefoile), the eccentric mother of an ex-lover who killed himself some years earlier. Since the death of her son "Stephen", Ms. Bankhead has been in prayerful mourning. At first, she seems simply overly gracious; but, rest assured, Bankhead's religious fanaticism is guaranteed to raise hell for Ms. Powers. Delusional, Bankhead believes "Stephen" died a virgin, and believes Powers should join him after a lifetime of virginity. Powers isn't interested.
Luridly but beautifully re-titled "Die! Die! My Darling!" for American consumption, seeing this film listed in your "TV Guide" was the biggest thrill outside of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" It only had one aging ungracefully movie star, but adds a pretty woman in peril. Bankhead did relatively few movies, and even fewer as she grew older. You really couldn't be sure she'd show up, and be sober enough to perform, so each Bankhead appearance is a thankful treasure. Of course, Powers misses many opportunities to escape - but, take Tallulah Bankhead's incredible staying powers into consideration. She's captivating.
******* Fanatic (3/21/65) Silvio Narizzano ~ Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Donald Sutherland, Yootha Joyce
Not without a couple of Flaws, this is Nevertheless a Solid Entry into the Hag Horror Wave that Embellished the 1960's. Hammer's Horror here is a 'Real Life" Fanatic (alternate Title) of the no Less than Scary Antagonist as Opposed to a Monster or Vampire, those Religious Types that are so Evident Today.
The Always Dependable Richard Matheson Penned this Script and Tallulah Bankhead gives Her Final Curtain Call as a Craggy Character with a Performance that will not be Denied. She Dominates the Screen with an Acting Style that befits this Mother-In-Law From Hell. That is to say Completely Out to Lunch, Gone Fishing, Toys in the Attic.
But it is in the Cellar that the most Expressionistic, Colorful Confrontations Appear like Monstrous Memories of Unwanted, Underground, Beneath the Surface, Repressed Guilt. It is there that Hammer's Trademark Style is the most Evident and Effective.
The aforementioned Flaws are a Pre-Woman's Liberation Suspension of Disbelief that allows Stefanie Powers no Power to Overcome such a Sickly Tormentor and the Ridiculously Silly Comedic Music used over the Opening Titles and in a few Scenes that feels Jarringly out of Place.