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Review: "Scream And Scream Again" (1970) Starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee And Peter Cushing; Twilight Time Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Mark Cerulli

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Like the old saying goes, “You can’t go home again.” Having seen Scream And Scream Again decades ago, I remembered it as being thrilling and suspenseful... now, 47 years (!) after its release, not so much. The story is a hodgepodge of sci-fi and social commentary as a brusque police inspector (Alfred Marks) and a curious doctor (Christopher Matthews) investigate the brutal deaths of several young women, eventually connecting them to a scientist (Vincent Price) who is creating synthetic humans using body parts from unwilling live donors. Christopher Lee is the head of British Intelligence, whose agency is – I think – secretly funding the experiments. A subplot with a sadistic official (Marshall Jones) from a fictional Eastern European nation (think East Berlin) in collusion with the Brits is also in the mix. (In an interview years later, even Vincent Price admitted he
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Scream and Scream Again

Vincent Price's diabolical surgeon produces a new breed of supermen, except that his latest 'composite' creation is also a serial-killing vampire. While the mayhem keeps the cops busy,  the conspiracy spreads to a foreign dictatorship, where another composite is consolidating power through high-level murders. British agent Christopher Lee is ferreting out the conspiracy-- or is he part of it? Scream and Scream Again Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1969 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 95 min. / Ship Date October 13, 2015 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alfred Marks, Christopher Matthews, Judy Huxtable, Yutte Stensgaard, Anthony Newlands, Michael Gothard Cinematography John Coquillon Production Design Bill Constable Film Editor Peter Elliott Original Music David Whitaker Written by Christopher Wicking from a novel by Peter Saxon Produced by Louis M. Heyward, Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky Directed by Gordon Hessler

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Scream and Scream Again hangs in there as a genre curiosity,
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The Oblong Box

Scream favorites Vincent Price and Christopher Lee become tangled in an African curse, grave robbing, a premature burial and a clutch of throat-slashings -- yet the two stars have no real scenes together. Steve Haberman's well-researched and insightful commentary tells the story of Gordon Hessler's first production for the English arm of American-International Pictures, a movie planned to be directed by the mysterious Michael Reeves. The Oblong Box Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1969 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date October 20, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Uta Levka, Sally Geeson, Alister Williamson, Peter Arne. Cinematography John Coquillon Original Music Harry Robertson Written by Lawrence Huntington, Christopher Wicking Produced by Gordon Hessler, Louis M. Heyward Directed by Gordon Hessler  

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I've been doing my best to warm up to the filmic output of producer-director Gordon Hessler. I agree that Hessler's three major A.
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