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Cape Fear (15)

Cape Fear (15)

Dates: Friday 27th July to Saturday 4th August

Times: Various

Prices: £14.90 back sofas, £12 front sofas, £10.50 std, £7.50 concs

Screen psychopaths don’t come more…well, psychotic than Max Cady, the terrifying monster at the centre of a 1962 chiller which pushed at the boundaries of American movie censorship, complete with a menacing Bernard Herrmann score.

Robert Mitchum gives another memorable performance as Cady, who begins a reign of terror against Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck), the lawyer who got him sentenced to eight years in prison for rape. Targeting his family but careful to stay within the law to ensure he doesn’t return to jail, the scenario is set for a showdown that asks how far a man will go to protect his family.

That Cape Fear makes no bones about the fact that Cady wants to sexually assault Bowden’s underage daughter is just one of the more shocking parts of J. Lee Thompson’s gripping film, which showed just how far things were changing in terms of what could be shown and said on screen.

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