60s Horror – Die! Die! My Darling!

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Director: Silvio Narizzano
Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughn, Donald Sutherland

Mention Die! Die! My Darling! to pretty much anyone under 35 and they’ll probably think first of the Misfits song. But before the Misfits, there was this little thriller meditating on religion, small-town English life, and terror.

In the film, Bankhead plays Mrs. Trefoile, a severe old widow whose only son died in a car accident. The film kicks into gear when her son’s ex-fiance, Pat, comes to visit prior to her marriage to a new man.

I rented the movie for only two reasons: it’s a horror movie from the ?60s and The Misfits. I’ve decided to pit the two against each other to see which one comes out the victor in this battle of stylized horror.

Die! Die! My Darling! vs. Die! Die! My Darling!

The MovieThe MisfitsAdvantage
A hammy, severe Tallulah BankheadThe hammy, sincere Glenn DanzigEven
Bit part for Donald Sutherland as retarded handymanBit part for meathead punk Henry Rollins on live version of We Are 138Movie
Lame red paint as fake bloodReal-looking fake bloodMisfits
Some unintentionally funny momentsSome unintentionally funny moments later on (esp. Black Aria)Even
Silly soundtrackDozens of fucking awesome songsMisfits
A good deal of 60s-style bondage and women wrestlingDanzig seems to have issues with womenEven
Screenplay by horror lit legend Richard MathesonDanzig makes good movie referencesMovie
I’ve never read anything by Matheson that I really likedDanzig made 5 or 6 excellent albumsMisfits

Bottom Line: Winner is the Misfits 3-2

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