Fanatic (film)

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Fanatic 1965 poster.jpg
British original poster
Directed by Silvio Narizzano
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Written by Richard Matheson
Based on the novel Nightmare
by Anne Blaisdell
Starring Tallulah Bankhead
Stefanie Powers
Donald Sutherland
Music by Wilfred Josephs
Cinematography Arthur Ibbetson
Edited by John Dunsford
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
21 March 1965
Running time
97 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Fanatic (American title: Die! Die! My Darling!) is a 1965 British thriller directed by Silvio Narizzano for Hammer Films. It stars Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Yootha Joyce, Maurice Kaufmann and Donald Sutherland.

First released in theaters on 21 March 1965 in United Kingdom, it was filmed at Elstree Studios and on location in Letchmore Heath, Hertfordshire, during the summer of 1964. It was Bankhead's final feature film.

Plot details[edit]

An American woman, Patricia Carroll (Powers), arrives in London to get married to her lover Alan Glentower (Kaufmann). Before she gets married, Patricia wants to pay her respects to Mrs. Trefoile (Bankhead), the mother of her deceased fiancé Stephen (who died in an automobile accident several years earlier) at a secluded house on the edge of an English village. Mrs. Trefoile is fanatically religious, and it soon becomes apparent she blames Patricia for her son's death. Patricia reveals to her that she was not actually going to marry Stephen, who, it turns out, committed suicide. With the help of her two married servants Harry (Vaughn) and Anna (Joyce), Mrs. Trefoile holds Patricia captive in an attempt to cleanse Patricia's soul. After Mrs. Trefoile kills Harry, she then tries to kill Patricia. Patricia is rescued by Alan. Anna finds Harry's body, and finally Mrs. Trefoile falls dead with a knife in her back—presumably put there by Anna.


Critical reception[edit]

The film maintains a 44% rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes based on 9 reviews.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 

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