Die Screaming, Marianne

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"Death bars the gate to her 21st birthday."
  • NR
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 4.9  (860)

Die Screaming, Marianne is a British horror-thriller film released in 1971. Directed by Pete Walker, the film starred Susan George as the titular character Marianne and Barry Evans as Eli. Christopher Sandford played the role of Sebastian. The movie is set in London where Marianne is pursued by her ex-boyfriend and his gang after her father passed away.

The story of Die Screaming, Marianne revolves around Marianne, who is an orphan and after her father's death left her with a large inheritance, which has caught the attention of Eli and his gang. Eli, Marianne's ex-boyfriend, and his group are desperately trying to get their hands on the money. The gang kidnaps Marianne and takes her to an isolated house in a small coastal town.

At the house, Marianne is subjected to physical and mental torture by Eli and his group. However, Marianne surprises them with her strength and resilience, which makes it difficult for the gang to break her spirit. Sebastian, who is hired by Marianne's uncle, comes to rescue her. He introduces himself as a journalist and befriends some of the gang members to get closer to Marianne.

The tension between Eli and the rest of the gang, and Marianne and Sebastian, builds up as the story progresses. The film manages to maintain its suspense as the truth about Sebastian's true identity and intentions is revealed.

The director, Pete Walker, relied on traditional horror elements such as dark and gloomy settings, gruesome violence, and jump scares to create fear and suspense among the audience. The film's cinematography effectively captures the mood and nailing the horror genre through its unsettling camera angles, extreme close-ups, and shadows.

The excellent performances by the cast elevate the dynamics of the film's storyline. Susan George as Marianne delivers an impressive and believable portrayal of a brave woman pushed to the brink of her sanity. Barry Evans, who played the lead male role, successfully created an aura of intimidation and villainy that managed to make the audience loath him. Christopher Sandford also gave a standout performance as Sebastian, adding an extra layer of mystery and intrigue to the storyline.

Although Die Screaming, Marianne was released almost fifty years ago, the film's themes, such as the corruption of wealth and power, and the victimization of women, are still relevant today. The movie's tense and claustrophobic atmosphere holds up today, as the movie is still enjoyable by today's standards.

In conclusion, Die Screaming, Marianne is a classic horror-thriller movie that is worth watching if you are a fan of the genre. The film is an excellent example of '70s British exploitation cinema that was known for its sensationalism and shocking content. With its engaging storyline, brilliant performances, and effective scare tactics, the movie caters to its genre enthusiasts perfectly.

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    1 hr 39 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    4.9  (860)