Fanatic (1965)

95m (Australia), 96m (UK), 97m
35mm, Technicolor
mono, English

A British/American psychological horror film directed by Silvio Narizzano.

Plot Summary

Pat, newly engaged to Alan, has to tell Mrs Trefoile, the religiously obsessed mother of her dead lover Stephen, of her forthcoming marriage. But Trefoile believes that Pat and Stephen were married and, with the help of her sinister household, keep Pat prisoner in her old house.


Directed by: Silvio Narizzano
© MCMLXV [1965] Hammer Film Productions Ltd.
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents a Hammer Film production
Produced by: Anthony Hinds
Production Manager: George Fowler
Screenplay by: Richard Matheson
Based on the novel “Nightmare” by Anne Blaisdell
Assistant Director: Claude Watson
Continuity: Renee Glynne
Director of Photography: Arthur Ibbetson
Camera Operator: Paul Wilson
Supervising Editor: James Needs
Editor: John Dunsford
Music Composed by: Wilfred Josephs
Musical Supervisor: Philip Martell
Sound Recordist: Ken Rawkins
Sound Editor: Roy Hyde
RCA Sound Recording
Wardrobe Mistress: Mary Gibson
Make-Up: Roy Ashton, Richard Mills
Hair Stylist: Olga Angelinetta
Production Designer: Peter Proud
Produced at Associated British Studios, Elstree, England

Tallulah Bankhead (Mrs Trefoile)
Stefanie Powers (Patricia Carroll)
Peter Vaughan (Harry)
Maurice Kaufman (Alan Glentower)
Yootha Joyce (Anna)
Donald Sutherland (Joseph)
Gwendolyn Watts (Gloria)
Robert Dorning (Ormsby)
Philip Gilbert (Oscar)
Winifred Dennis (shopkeeper)
Diane King (woman shopper)

Alternative Titles

Die, Die, My Darling! – US title
Dödens lilla oskuld – Swedish title
Düstere Haus, Das – German title
Una notte per morire – Italian title



  • The Daily Cinema no.9039 (12 March 1965) p.4 – review
  • Dark Terrors no.9 (November 1994) pp.19-20 – illustrated article
  • Film Daily vol.126 no.82 (29 April 1965) p.6 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.181 no.22 (20 July 1964) p.1 – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.185 no.19 (27 April 1965) p.3 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2997 (11 March 1965) p.15 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.32 no.375 (April 1965) p.51 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.233 no.7 (31 March 1965) p.258 – review
  • Variety 28 April 1965 – credits, review


  • English Gothic by Jonathan Rigby p.127 – note
  • The Hammer Story by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes p.63 – review
  • by Walt Lee p.102 – credits

Other sources

  • British National Film Catalogue vol.3 (1965) – credits, synopsis