If the sight of an older woman carrying out dastardly, murderous deeds is your cup of tea, the new Blu-ray "Frightmare" will be right up your alley.
A 1974 film by cult British horror director/writer Pete Walker, "Frightmare" closely follows the path of the underrated Alfred Hitchcock film "Frenzy," where the audience is introduced to a villain from the get-go and follows his/her crimes to see if they get away with it. In this case, a former mental institution patient (Sheila Keith) is released after seemingly being cured of cannibalism. But as she settles down at a British farmhouse and sets up shop as a fortune teller, it isn’t long before the old woman lures unsuspecting victims to her basement.
Sheila Keith is a revelation and acts with maniacal glee carrying out such grisly acts with a drill, fireplace poker, and pitchfork... long before Jason Vorhees used such tools!
"Frightmare" is Keith’s movie, as is the Blu-ray itself. In fact, of the three Blu-ray special features, the late actress gets many accolades from her director and co-stars. An audio commentary by director Walker carries over from "Frightmare’s" previous DVD release. Walker discusses the controversy surrounding the film’s initial release and, in a touch of humor, Redemption Films features negative blurbs from The London Times and Daily Express on the Blu-ray’s cover.
"Sheila Keith: A Nice Old Lady?" and "For the Sake of Cannibalism" are brief 10-minute features but reveal many things about Keith the actress and how "Frightmare" was made.
For the lover of bizarre British cult films, the "Frightmare" Blu-ray should be purchased at all costs.