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FANNY LYE DELIVER’D is a 17th Century-set sort-of home invasion horror where a family of Puritans and particularly the titular character (Maxine Peake) are made to question their beliefs under duress by a “sinful”nontheistic and hedonistic Quaker couple. This is bleak, dirty history in itchy clothes and it’s a mostly mirthless affair, apart from the pleasing line “There was a full-blown ranting orgy at the Hopton alehouse”. The whole thing is delivered in a thick regional dialect and archaic sentence structure but any pretence of period drama class is soon eclipsed by jarring borderline-exploitation film imagery and loud cinematography and a blaring score. It’s a pretty unique beast, and definitely not for everyone, but you’ll not soon forget this muddled and strangely beguiling mismatch of genre elements. SSP