There are two movies named Frightmare. Both are enjoyable on their own merits, despite the fact that Prism re-released the 1974 film as a sequel to the 1983 one, which makes no sense. Whether you choose an older British cannibal or a movie star who seems to defy death, both films are quite entertaining. Consider the following the “tale of the tape” to determine which one best matches your filmgoing fancy!
|MOVIE||Frightmare (1974)||Frightmare (1983)|
|Directed by||Pete Walker (The Comeback, House of Whipcord, House of the Long Shadows)||Norman Thaddeus Vane (Shadow of the Hawk, The Black Room)|
|Alternate titles||Cover Up, Once Upon a Frightmare||The Horror Star, Body Snatchers|
|Stars||Sheila Keith (The Comeback, House of Mortal Sin)||Ferdy Mayne (Night Train to Terror, The Fearless Vampire Killers)|
|Who plays||Dorothy Yates, a recently released mental patient who ate at least six people in 1957 and may have had a relapse 19 years later.||Conrad Razkoff, a horror film star who fakes his death before seemingly existing beyond life and death as he wipes out a drama class.|
|Tag line||What terrifying craving made her kill…and kill…and kill?||There is no escape, not even death…|
|Movie within a movie||The hero and heroine go to see 1973’s La Grande Bouffe.||There’s a poster on the wall of Razkoff’s mansion for Fulci’s Zombi.|
|Dialogue||Edmund Yates: They said she was well again! They said she was well…||Razkoff’s favorite director: The world is rid of you and I am rid of you. Good night, sweet prince of ham!|
|Spoiler warning||Dorothy and Debbie eat Jackie’s (step-daughter and step-sister, respectively) boyfriend while the father, Edmund, watches. Then, they menacingly turn to her.||After killing nearly the entire cast, Razoff speaks directly to you, the viewer, to let you know how much he enjoys being in Hell.|
This article originally appeared in Drive-In Asylum issue 11. Grab your copy here.