Scream and Scream Again

1970

Action / Crime / Drama / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 64%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 31%
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 2677

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Cast

Christopher Lee as Fremont
Vincent Price as Dr. Browning
Peter Cushing as Major Heinrich Benedek
Peter Sallis as Schweitz

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by silversprdave 8 / 10

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.

Reviewed by manchester_england2004 9 / 10

Underrated British horror film starring three great legends!

For reasons I've never understood, this film has been considered a failure by many. To me it's a success and this is why it's garnered a cult following in more recent times.

There's plenty of intrigue and mystery as three seemingly separate plots come together. One plot concerns a wrestler who wakes up in what seems like a hospital. He's confined and finds a limb missing each time he wakes up from sleeping. Another plot concerns a military officer in what seems to be a country in Eastern Europe. He uses illegal torture methods to extract information and his superiors find out. The final plot concerns a series of murders of young women, whose bodies are found with puncture marks on their wrists, similar to those of a vampire. As the film goes on, we discover that there are reasons for these three separate plots and it all comes together very well, with a few interesting twists and turns on the way.

For a horror film, this is brimming with action scenes, including car chases, chases on foot, fight scenes and more. The whole thing moves along at a brisk pace and is never boring. Director Gordon Hessler manages to create tension and suspense very effectively and without padding out the film with unnecessary or overlong scenes.

I have read the Peter Saxon novel on which the film is based. The novel is not quite as exciting as the film but is a great read and follows the same "three plot" structure as the film. It's short and to the point and also fast-paced. The film follows it very closely, except for the ending. I prefer the ending in the film and this is one of the many ways the film improved things.

It's great to have Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing all in one film, even if only two of the three actually share a scene. The film would still be great if only two of these three horror legends were in it. Cushing's performance is the best of the three even though his character is less interesting than those played by the other two and he has less to do than either. But Price and Lee are at the top of their game too. Price's character is the most interesting because we're not sure whether he's a true villain, or just a misguided likable man. The film keeps you guessing until the end.

Special mention of Alfred Marks must be made. He's simply brilliant to watch in this film as the police superintendent in charge of solving the "vampire murders" as they are dubbed. Marks was a comedy actor with a flair for dry wit and is given plenty of funny lines that allow him to put these talents to good use.

Christopher Matthews delivers a great performance as a doctor who carries out post-mortems on dead bodies for the police but finds himself taking a much more personal interest in the mysteries around him. His character becomes more prominent in the second half and I like the way he went from being a minor character to a major one. It's perhaps easier to pull this off in books and video games rather than on film so kudos to the script writer.

Overall, SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN is a briskly-paced horror film with lots of action, great acting and direction, and some great twists and turns in the story. Highly recommended for all fans of British horror.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

An unusual British horror film with lots of outre elements worth tuning in for

An exciting, if superficial, slice of adventure from 1970, and in a classic contemporary '60s fashion - witness the numerous disco scenes if you need any proof of this. The film was widely advertised as bringing together the three top names in horror - Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, and Christopher Lee, but the campaign was something of a fabrication, seeing as Cushing only appeared in a tiny, one-scene role, and Price and Lee only shared one brief scene together. However, that doesn't detract from the film at all - it's a very entertaining romp, with lots of reasons to watch. One of which is the '60s ambiance, the fashions, jazz music, and everything are all very dated and therefore fun to watch.

Unfortunately, the story itself is very confusing and doesn't make much sense. The location of the pseudo-Nazi organisation is never specified (is it in this country or what?) and who works for who and why is never fully explained. However there are a number of great scenes to watch this film for. The first is the opening, where a jogger loses his leg (and the rest of his limbs throughout the film) to provide Price with his necessary materials for his research. Also, halfway through the film there is an excellent long chase scene, which starts off by car, becomes a chase through a deserted building, then through a quarry. The suspect rips off his own hand and jumps into an acid bath, how cool is that? Witness the policeman who dips his hand into the acid overact amusingly "My hand! It burns!".

This film is a lot of fun because it seems like nobody is really taking it seriously, especially Price who obviously has his tongue firmly inside his cheek here, he looks as if he's enjoying the mad scientist role a lot though and camps it up hilariously. Cushing and Lee don't have much to do, but Cushing does play the role of an army commander very well, while Lee looks dapper in his hat and with his umbrella. The blond-haired hero is played by Christopher Matthews, whom you may remember from THE SCARS OF Dracula (then again, maybe not...), and his acting is woodenly faultless. It's also fun to spot a lot of other actors in minor roles, from Peter Sallis to Yutte Stensgaard.

The rest of the cast is also good, especially Alfred Marks as the superintendent, portraying his policeman in that essential early '70s fashion (makes jokes, harsh with his staff, dedicated to his role). This is an enjoyable British film with a hammy (what else?) performance from Vincent Price and a lot of action. Prudists beware, there is an awful lot of nudity in this film, which is somewhat surprising, but 1970 was the year when things began to become less stringent. If you're feeling down then watch this film, it's guaranteed to cheer you up. A minor classic.

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