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! – USA
Dödens lilla oskuld – Sweden
Düstere Haus, Das – Germany
Una notte per morire – Italy



  • The Daily Cinema no.8870 (31 January-1 February 1964) p.2 – note (Commentary by Observer)
  • 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


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.161
  • The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.81
  • Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.58-60
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.151
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.144
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.106
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.265-266 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Hammer Story by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes p.63 – review
  • by Walt Lee p.102 – credits
  • Richard Matheson on Screen: A History of the Filmed Works by Matthew R. Bradley pp.123-126
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.152-153
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.97-98

Other sources

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