Persecution (film)

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For 2009 film, see Persécution.
Persecution 1974 film.jpg
Directed by Don Chaffey
Produced by Kevin Francis
Hugh Attwooll
(associate producer)
Written by original story & screenplay:
Robert Hutton
Rosemary Wootten
Frederick Warner
Music by Paul Ferris
Cinematography Kenneth Talbot]
Edited by Mike Campbell
Tyburn Film
Distributed by Doverton (U.K.)
Fanfare Films (U.S.)
Release dates
1974 (U.K.)
October 1975 (U.S.)
Running time
95 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Persecution (a.k.a. The Graveyard or The Terror of Sheba) is a 1974 British thriller film directed by Don Chaffey. The dialogue was written by Frederick Warner, based on story & screenplay by Robert Hutton and Rosemary Wootten. The music score is by Paul Ferris. It was one of the last movies to star Lana Turner, who stars with Ralph Bates, Trevor Howard, and Suzan Farmer.


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, leading from bad things to worse and ultimately, murder.


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