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Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)

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Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 21 March 1965 (UK)
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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The ultimate in SHEAR SHOCK! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die! Die! My Darling! 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

The producers considered replacing Tallulah Bankhead during filming when she became ill and was unable to work.However, Bankhead put up her salary for the film as a guarantee she'd finish if she wouldn't be replaced. See more »

Goofs

After Alan visits the house, Pat is seen falling down the stairs. However, her blouse is in perfect condition with no tears in the back, as in all previous scenes. Also, stunt double is obviously a man from the girth of his back. See more »

Quotes

Alan Glentower: What are you trying to do?
Pat Carroll: I told you, I'm going to visit Mrs. Trefoile. Now if you'll give me the keys to the car, I'll visit her for an hour and be back this evening.
Alan Glentower: But it's too far! You'll have to stay overnight.
Pat Carroll: Alright, I won't even stay with her. I'll get a room in a pub or something. I'll be back tomorrow noon, then.
Alan Glentower: And if I order you not to?
Pat Carroll: [pause] Are you going to give me the keys to the car, or do I take a bus?
Alan Glentower: [He gives her the keys] You can drive?
Pat Carroll: As well as you can!
[...]
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X rating. All cuts were waived in 2006 when the film was granted a '15' certificate for home video. See more »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: Tallulah Bankhead (2) (1965) See more »

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"Go and remove that FILTH at once!"
10 April 2006 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

The story: A young woman named Pat Carroll (Stefanie Powers) pays a courtesy call on Mrs. Trefoile (Tallulah Bankhead), the mother of Pat's dead fiancé. Pat plans to stay one night and be on her way. But Mrs. Trefoile has other ideas. She sees it as her mission to "cleanse" Pat and keep her pure for the day Pat will join her son in the afterlife. To accomplish her mission, Mrs. Trefoile locks Pat in an upper room of her crumbling mansion and preaches to her with a bible in one hand and a gun in the other.

Tallulah! That's all you really need to know about Die! Die! My Darling! Tallulah Bankhead's performance is so over-the-top, so wonderfully demented, so full of campy entertainment that she dominates every aspect of this movie. Stefanie Powers is good, but she and the rest of the cast are completely overshadowed by Tallulah. I just can't imagine anyone else (and that includes the likes of Bette Davis or Joan Crawford who were also part of the aging actress playing a crazed nut in a horror movie) in the role of Mrs. Trefoile - she's that good. I'll go so far as to say that Tallulah's performance in Die! Die! My Darling! is one of my two or three favorite pieces of acting from any horror movie I've seen. Amazing!


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