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Scream and Scream Again (1970)

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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Dr. Browning
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Fremont
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Major Heinrich Benedek
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Sylvia
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Jane
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Konratz
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In London, a serial-killer drains the blood of females and the Detective Superintendent Bellaver and his team are hunting down the so-called Vampire Killer. Meanwhile in an undefined country that lives a military dictatorship, the cruel Konratz is climbing positions killing The Power that Be. When the Vampire Killer flees from the police, he seeks refugee at the real estate of scientist Dr. Browning and jumps into a tank of acid. Dr. David Sorel is intrigued with the powerful acid and decides to get a sample. He finds the truth about the research of Dr. Browning. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When filming his acid bath death scene Vincent Price's nose was badly affected by chemicals used. Price had problems with his nasal sinus for years afterwards. See more »

Goofs

When Dr Sorel is told by Bellaver that the case is closed, he says the word "Garbage!". However, his lips mouth the word "Crap!" (This is from the VHS version) See more »

Quotes

Superintendent Bellaver: That bloody chicken wasn't killed, it died of old age.
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Connections

Referenced in Vincent Price: Working with Vincent Price (2007) See more »

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Written by Dominic Bugatti (as Dominic King) & Tim Hayes
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Weird, uneven, bizarre, but never boring
9 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gordon Hessler was not all that great a director. He wasn't particularly good at setting up interesting shots or getting good performances out of his actors, but occasionally he managed by default to create a movie that was so completely off-the-wall and bizarre that those shortcomings could be forgotten.

SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN is a good example of that. It is by no means a good movie; in fact, it's really pretty bad. But you literally have no idea where it's headed, and by the time you get there, even though it's a tad underwhelming, it's still just oddball enough to keep you hooked.

Basically, it's the story of a serial killer who preys on bar-hopping women, and who, incidentally, seems to have superpowers of some sort. Or, maybe it's the story of a military conspiracy of some sort? Or is it the story of some kind of body parts black market? Believe it or not, all these seemingly unrelated plotlines eventually come together, and it's a wacky ride all the way.

The biggest disappointment for me, is the scarce screen time of headliners Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. They literally have less than twenty minutes of screen time combined, and only Lee and Price even appear together, in one very brief scene. The main characters seem to be a disgruntled Scotland Yard detective, and a younger, less cynical police officer.

I recommend this movie to any fan of AIP or any of the three horror stars, but most people will not have the patience to sit through it. Fans will enjoy it, if only for it's sheer weirdness.


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