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by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

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.


Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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