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Persecution (1974)

Young David Masters drowns his mothers cat Sheba in its milk, claiming she loves it more than he, one of many such Shebas he has killed. As a grown man, he returns home with his wife Janie ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Don Chaffey

Writers:

Robert Hutton (original story & screenplay) (as Robert B. Hutton), Robert Hutton (screenplay) (as Robert B. Hutton) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lana Turner ... Carrie Masters
Trevor Howard ... Paul Bellamy
Ralph Bates ... David Masters
Olga Georges-Picot ... Monique Kalfon
Suzan Farmer ... Janie Masters
Patrick Allen ... Robert Masters
Mark Weavers Mark Weavers ... Young David
Catherine Brandon Catherine Brandon ... Mrs. Deacon
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Banks
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Dr. Ross
Jennifer Guy Jennifer Guy ... Waitress
John Ryan John Ryan ... Gardener
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Young David Masters drowns his mothers cat Sheba in its milk, claiming she loves it more than he, one of many such Shebas he has killed. As a grown man, he returns home with his wife Janie and their newborn child. His mother swears vengeance on him, promising to toy with him as Sheba would have played with a mouse. Soon after, his mothers latest Sheba suffocates the baby under a pillow. Janie has a nervous breakdown. And then his mother brings in a French nurse to seduce David away from Janie.

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Now it's David's turn to get even... and he has a very special treat for his mother. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Hate You, Cat See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trevor Howard thought this was his worst film appearance. He said his performance just consisted of a scene in a hallway, and another shot in London Zoo. See more »

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Happy Birthday
(uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Not Scary In The Least
30 October 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Halloween is upon us so the TV companies dust off a few horror films for late night showing . Last night saw the BBC broadcast THE WOLFMAN while tonight ITV transmitted a clichéd horror movie called LONG TIME DEAD with BBC 1 showing PERSECUTION

As a horror film / psychological thriller totally fails because it uses something ridiculous as the focus of fear . The bringers of terror are

CATS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's right . Cats . You know these fluffy cute mammals that sit in your lap making purring noises when you tickle their chin ? Well that's what the creatures of horror are in this movie . I'm not making this up and I also wish to point out that they're not ten foot tall mutant demon possessed killer cats , they're the type of moggy you see sitting out on window ledges in the summer .

I know some people have an instinctive fear of felines , it's to do with the way they look at you , almost like the cats are planning something when you're back is turned . I don't know how anyone can believe this because I find cats the most affectionate type of pet and no matter how hard the director tries he just can't make moggies appear menacing in any way

I feel rather sorry for the late Ralph Bates since he also appeared in an awful horror movie shown on BBC 1 a few nights ago called I DON'T WANT TO BE BORN and looking at the actor's resume he has appeared in a lot of crap early 70s Brit horror movies . To give you a taste of how bad PERSECUTION is check out this sample of dialogue

" You killed your mothers cat "

" Yes I drowned it . In milk "

" Oh darling "

Believe it or not the above lines weren't meant to induce a laugh , though inevitably they did


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