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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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Detective Supt. Bellaver
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Keith
Anthony Newlands ...
Ludwig
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Schweitz
David Lodge ...
Detective Inspector Phil Strickland (credit only)
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Jane
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Dr. David Sorel
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Helen Bradford (as Judi Bloom)
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Detective Sgt. Jimmy Joyce
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Prof. Kingsmill
Marshall Jones ...
Konratz
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Storyline

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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TRIPLE DISTILLED HORROR... as powerful as a vat of boiling ACID! See more »


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

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13 February 1970 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Vincent Price in interviews a number of years after the film was made, said he never understood the script at all. See more »

Goofs

When Keith escapes from the police, after he has severed off his own hand, he jumps over a short fence/style and rolls on the grass on his landing. Using pause you can see his real hand come out of his cuff just as where his stump should be See more »

Quotes

Superintendent Bellaver: Smells like cheese, looks like ham...
[takes a bite of sandwich]
Superintendent Bellaver: Oh, no problem: it's chicken.
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Mad Doctors (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

When We Make Love
Written by Dominic Bugatti (as Dominic King)
Performed by Amen Corner (uncredited)
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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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