The Fantasist (1986)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby, English

An Irish horror film directed by Robin Hardy.

Plot Summary

Patricia Teeling moves to Dublin and starts to receive phone calls from a menacing voice that may belong to a brutal serial killer.


Directed by: Robin Hardy
ITC, New Irish Film Productions
Executive Producer: Mike Murphy
Produced by: Mark Forstater
Script: Robin Hardy
Novel: Patrick McGinley
Director of Photography: Frank Gell
Editor: Thomas Schwalm
Music by: Stanislas Syrewicz
Sound Recordist: Pat Heyes
Costume Designer: Maeve Paterson
Make-up: Rosie Blackmore
Make Up Effects: Nick Dudman
Special Effects Supervisor: Gerry Johnston
Art Director: John Lucas

Moira Harris (Patricia Teeling)
Christopher Cazenove (Inspector McMyler)
Timothy Bottoms (Danny Sullivan)
John Kavanagh (Robert Foxley)
Mick Lally (Uncle Lar)
Bairbre Ni Chaoimh (Monica Quigley)
James Bartley (Hugh Teeling)
Deirdre Donnelly (Fionnuala Sullivan)
Liam O'Callaghan (Farrelly)
Ronan Wilmot (Patricia's father)
May Giles (Patricia's mother)
Se Ledwidge (Patsy Teeling)
Gabrielle Reidy (Kathy O'Malley)
Agnes Bernelle (Mrs O'Malley)
Seamus Forde (Mr Mullally)
Derek Halligan (translator)
Virginia Cole (woman in ‘ladies')
Sean Rafferty (clergyman)
Pat Daly (priest)
Maeliosa Stafford (wine waiter)

Alternative Titles

Angoisse à Dublin РFrance
Killer-Fantasien – West Germany
Seksuaalifantasiat – Finland
Visionären РSweden



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  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.281-82
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.167
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.491-492 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Irish Filmography: Fiction Films, 1896-1996 by Kevin Rockett (ed.) pp.37-38
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti pp.161-162