Scream and Scream Again (1970)

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A serial killer who drains his victims' blood is on the loose in London. The police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist.


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24 December 2001 | silversprdave
8
| Great atmosphere, great plot, fair otherwise
'Scream and Scream Again' is one of my favorites, even though it is ratherly poorly put together. The director tried to make the movie mysterious -- and succeeded too well, making it nearly incomprehensible. However, if you have patience, the final explanation at the end will tie enough of the film together to make rewarding sense.

The main attraction for this movie is its subtle atmosphere of horror. The movie mainly consists of fragmented images that come to gether to paint a darker picture than just what the movie shows. A good example of the texture and flavor of the film is the scene which, to my disappointment, was removed from the version I rented (I originally saw the film in a college Halloween movie festival). A coroner while alone investigating the death of a lovely women begins to move forward as if to kiss the corpse but is interrupted by the inspector entering the room. The surprised coroner quickly straightens up and tries to look very official and busy, but obviously is upset at having almost been caught being amorous to the corpse. No further reference was made to the scene.

This is an example of the extremely dark and upsetting images that lie just beneath the surface of the film. It is unfortunate that the director's attempt to involve the audience by making them work hard to piece together fragments of action into something comprehensible was mostly unsuccessful. Still, I think the film is worth the patience. My rating: 8 of 10.

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Trivia

Peter Saxon was originally a pen name of W. Howard Baker, but it came to be used by several writers working the same circuit, including Martin Thomas and Stephen Frances. The original novel was probably a "round robin", a collaborative effort between these three men.


Quotes

Superintendent Bellaver: Smells like cheese, looks like ham...
Superintendent Bellaver: Oh, no problem: it's chicken.


Goofs

The car chase is full of errors in continuity. The action switches back and forth from a single lane road to a double lane highway and at one point Keith overtakes a blue car ahead of him in the road to the right and the police car follows. A few shots later, Keith overtakes a brown car and the scene cuts to Supt. Bellaver saying, "All right, let's take him." We then cut to one of the two cars overtaking the blue car and not the brown one.


Alternate Versions

British prints of SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN have small differences than AIP's American Theatrical cut, with the American version removing Bellaver clumsily throwing a stone at the speedy cliff-climbing super-human Keith, and a bottle-swigging old drunk peeping at Keith and Sylvia fooling around in the convertible. The final shot of the British print is also different, with the credits scrolling over a long shot of Dr. Browning's lab heard over soundtrack music, rather than on the American print which has the credits being presented over a black screen with The Amen Corner's "Scream and Scream Again" playing. One thing omitted from the American version is a brief but significant dialogue exchange between Vincent Price and Christopher Lee: "But what of the dream?" asks Price. "There is only nightmare" replies Lee).


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Scream and Scream Again
Written by
Dominic Bugatti (as Dominic King) & Tim Hayes
Performed by Amen Corner (uncredited)

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Crime | Drama | Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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