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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.

Director:

Gordon Hessler

Writers:

Christopher Wicking (screenplay), Peter Saxon (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Browning
Christopher Lee ... Fremont
Peter Cushing ... Major Heinrich Benedek
Judy Huxtable ... Sylvia
Alfred Marks ... Detective Supt. Bellaver
Michael Gothard ... Keith
Anthony Newlands ... Ludwig
Peter Sallis ... Schweitz
David Lodge ... Detective Inspector Phil Strickland (credit only)
Uta Levka ... Jane
Christopher Matthews ... Dr. David Sorel
Judy Bloom ... Helen Bradford (as Judi Bloom)
Clifford Earl Clifford Earl ... Detective Sgt. Jimmy Joyce
Kenneth Benda ... 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Screamer See more »

Filming Locations:

Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Amicus Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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. 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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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). See more »


Soundtracks

Scream and Scream Again
Written by Dominic Bugatti (as Dominic King) & Tim Hayes
Performed by Amen Corner (uncredited)
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Price, and Cushing and Lee, oh my!
27 June 2018 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Starring three of horror cinema's greatest icons - Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee - this rather atypical American International Pictures release consists of several seemingly disparate plot threads that director Gordon Hessler attempts to pull together in the final act, with little success, the ending almost as confusing as everything that precedes it.

The film opens with a jogger collapsing and waking up in a hospital bed where he finds that he is missing a leg! The action then cuts to an unspecified Eastern European country where Konratz (Marshall Jones) is killing his dictatorial superiors in a bid to seize power. Meanwhile, a murder investigation leads London police detective Supt. Bellaver (Alfred Marks) to the home of Dr. Browning (Vincent Price). Christopher Lee appears as Fremont, a government official who is trying to secure the release of a spy, and Cushing, in what amounts to little more than a brief cameo, plays one of those who stands in the way of Konratz's climb to the top.

While there are some decent scenes along the way, including a perilous car chase, and a killer ripping off his own hand to escape from the police, the choppy nature of the narrative and the disappointing ending make Scream and Scream Again a far from essential 70s horror, despite its trio of genre greats.

If you want to see Price, Cushing and Lee together in a good film, I recommend The House Of The Long Shadows: it's much more fun, and you get John Carradine thrown in for good measure.


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