Sheila Keith stars as a former patient of a mental institution, who has settled down in a remote farmhouse, where she tells fortunes in her spare time. But the kind, maternal exterior conceals a dreadful monster, which the asylum, it seems, was unable to cure.
Sheila Keith's performance is actually terrifying. She has crazy person eyes, and combined with some psychedelic shot selection and cinematography there are moments that have stuck to my eyes like fly paper. Her voice and appearance were built to be demented. Pete Walker just let it out. Make sure to heck out the featurette "Sheila Keith: A Nice Old Lady" on that disc to affirm that she isn't the nut that you see on screen.
The disc contains "For the Sake of Cannibalism" an interview with Pete Walker, audio commentary by Walker and DP Peter Jessup as well as a profile of Sheila Keith and theatrical trailer. 1.66:1 AR, 1920 x 1080p and appears in black and white and color (which is a Walker standard trait).
For a movie that was panned and reviled, it has come a long way to become a cult classic. Maybe it's only natural given the pre-Video Nasty backlash against this exceptionally artistic rendering of a psychotic break and subsequent murderous rampage (and all in a single house). Frigthmare is a look into madness and into the genius of Pete Walker. It's definitely a great movie with a brilliant score and performances, on par with the 1983 version and clearly creepy.
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