Sunday, June 7, 2009

Frightmare (1974)

This Pete Walker entry gives us a deranged mother who is harbored by her husband and daughter in a small English cottage after being released from the mental institute for a series a murders. She begins cracking once more, and the family must take drastic actions when bodies start turning up in the hay.. The film has a pretty slow build, but the pacing is maintained through the interesting characters and competent acting. Though each of the other actors put in good performances, Walker veteran Sheila Keith steals the show as the cannibalistic mother with a taste for the locals. Much of the strength of the film also lies in the suspenseful build up to the implied violence that happens off-screen, though there is still a good amount of gore intact in the aftermath of the killings. The entire plot leads the audience in a very specific direction, but the finale throws out a perfectly planned twist as a finishing touch on an all-around smart and fun slasher. Frightmare makes for a very good watch, and certainly ranks among Pete Walkers greatest achievements.

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 6/10.



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5 comments:

  1. Nice review Carl. I have the "British Horror" box set pictured in your post. I love those box sets from Media Blasters. They don't cost that much either!!!

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  2. The MB discs cost more a piece then the entire box set!

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  3. MB kicks ass man, there is usually only 1 flick I want out of each pack but its always cheaper to just grab the pack. That Pete Walker set was the best one by far, though The Being is quite awesome out of the Mutants and Monsters set and I cant wait to get the Psycho Killers set with Dont Go In The House and Tenement

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  4. LOVE IT, THIS IS A FUN FLICK AND MOST OF ALL IT'S A GREAT BUY.

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  5. "TENEMENT" is awesome. "DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE" is also neat-o. The third flick in that set, "COP KILLERS", is kinda throw-away in terms of quality, and feels mismatched with the other two. But it's not a total waste, I s'spose.

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