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Larry Alexander (screenplay) and
Marc B. Ray (screenplay)
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February 1973 (USA) See more »
Who Will Survive the Psychosexual Claw? See more »
A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Fred Holbert ... Matthew
Leigh Mitchell ... Vera / Daisy Parsons
Robert Knox ... Mack Parsons
Ron Bastone ... Sailor
Suzette Hamilton ... Brenda
Willey Reynolds ... Lex (as Wiley Reynolds)
A. Maana Tanelah ... Bridey-Lee
Florence Lea ... Helen Anatole

Angus Scrimm ... Dr. Epstein (as Rory Guy)
Cecil Reddick ... Mr. Simpson
Gloria Earl ... Mrs. Simpson
J.M. Jones ... Young Matthew
Norman ... Candy Seller
Rob Max ... Matthew's Father
Winnifred ... The Dog

Directed by
Marc B. Ray 
Writing credits
Larry Alexander (screenplay) and
Marc B. Ray (screenplay)

Produced by
Larry Alexander .... associate producer
Ron Mitchell .... associate producer
Marc B. Ray .... producer
Alan Roberts .... executive producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum (director of photography) (as Stephen Burum)
Film Editing by
Alex Funke 
Set Decoration by
Donald Mulderick  (as Don Mulderick)
Gale Peterson 
Makeup Department
Donald Mulderick .... makeup artist (as Don Mulderick)
Gale Peterson .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Herzog .... assistant director
Sound Department
Mike Glaser .... sound recordist
Ira H. Klugerman .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Barnett .... gaffer
Bruce Miller .... set grip
Hank Miller .... set grip
Steven Vance .... set grip
Chuck Wells .... key grip
Editorial Department
B. Robert Barton .... negative cutter
Other crew
Lorelei .... script supervisor
Alan Roberts .... presenter

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Also Known As:
"Claw of Terror" -
"Matthew" - USA (video title)
"The Captive Female" - USA (reissue title)
"Asesino sangriento" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Blutbad des Schreckens" - West Germany
"Das Höllenmassaker" - West Germany (video title)
"El Grito Del Asesino" - Mexico (theatrical title)
"Le manchot" - France (video title)
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90 min
Color (Crest)
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Filmed in 1971.See more »
Continuity: When young Matthew jumps off the farm tractor he uses to kill his father, he lands on the ground but is no where near the tractor; next cut, it shows that he's next to the tractor that crushes his hand.See more »
[describing what he sees in Vera's abstract painting]
Matthew:His skin is on fire... he's in terrible pain.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Gore and More! (2005) (V)See more »
Matthew's ThemeSee more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A surprisingly good psycho flick., 23 October 2010
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

F**ked-up farmer's son Matthew only has eyes for his mother, so he hops onto his father's tractor and ploughs down dear old dad, mangling his own hand in the process. After years in an institution, Matthew, now equipped with a hook (who's stupid idea was that?), is finally allowed to go home only to find that his mother has just remarried.

When he sees his new step-dad making moves on his mum, Matthew wigs out and gets chop happy with an axe; unfortunately, mum catches him red-handed (and red-everything else) and also winds up dead. Matthew decides to hit the road, but everyone he meets seems to remind him of the dead couple back home, so he kills them too.

Eventually Matthew arrives in Venice, Los Angeles, where he befriends Vera, a hooker with a heart and a passion for painting. Amazingly, Vera doesn't pick up on the obvious signs that her new pal is a raving nut-job (even when he interprets her art as 'a man being tortured for chopping up the man who took away his mother'), but she sure gets the message when he abducts her, takes her to his mansion (the previous owner's body being stuffed in an upstairs closet, along with the maid), and treats her like his possession.

Scream Bloody Murder is an unjustly ignored, low-rent B-movie that has been been allowed to fall into the public domain—which is great news for fans of grind-house/drive-in sleaze because it allows them to check it out for next to nothing, via the internet.

I chose to watch this title at random from The Internet Archive, and boy am I glad I did, 'cos it has everything I could ever want from a '70s psycho film: a seriously insane killer with a mommy complex; umpteen mean-spirited murders (hell, even a dog gets it!); messed up hallucination sequences; a sexy female tied up and terrorised; and a few seriously tense and harrowing sequences including a doozy of a finale.

Recommended for those who like their entertainment rough 'n' ready and good 'n' bloody.

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