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In 1957, Dorothy and Edmund Yates (Keith and Rupert Davies) were committed to an institution for the criminally insane, she for acts of murder and cannibalism and he for covering up her crimes. Fifteen years later, they are pronounced fit for society and released. However, in Dorothy's case the doctors may have jumped the gun a bit. Edmund and eldest daughter, Jackie (Deborah Fairfax), try to discover just how far Mother's bloodlust has taken her. Meanwhile, youngest daughter Debbie (Kim Butcher) begins to explore the crazy roots of her family tree as fully as possible.

  1. Pete Walker

    Director, Story

  2. David McGillivray


Top Billed Cast

  1. Rupert Davies

    Rupert Davies

    Edmund Yates

  2. SK

    Sheila Keith

    Dorothy Yates

  3. DF

    Deborah Fairfax


  4. PG

    Paul Greenwood


  5. KB

    Kim Butcher


  6. FC

    Fiona Curzon


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 28m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • July 4, 1975
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Ghastly, Ghoulish, Grotty & Gory.

Frightmare is directed by Pete Walker who also co-writes the screenplay with David McGillivray. It stars Rupert Davies, Shelia Keith, Deborah Fairfax, Paul Greenwood and Kim Butcher. Music is by Stanley Myers and cinematography by Peter Jessop.

Edmund and Dorothy Yates are freed after fifteen years in an asylum, committed for despicable crimes, but is Dorothy cured? And what of their daughters?

Frightmare is what it is, a British exploitation horror made at a time when it was out to get the best rise out of the audience. As much as... read the rest.

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