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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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original novel featured aliens as the villains, but they were replaced with Communists in the movie version. 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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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 »

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Scream and Scream Again
Written by Dominic Bugatti (as Dominic King) & Tim Hayes
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"That bloody chicken wasn't killed, it died of old age."
5 February 2005 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

What a bizarre movie! Scream and Scream Again is all over the place. It's a combination horror/sci-fi/mystery/espionage/thriller with sort of a James Bond twist. And it's a lot of fun.

To be honest, at the beginning of the film, I was lost. There are about four different plot lines that don't seem to have anything to do with each other. (1) There is a runner who collapses. Every time we see him after the collapse, he's in a hospital losing his limbs one at a time. (2) There is a vampire killer on the prowl in London. He attacks young women and drains them of their blood. (3) There are scenes of some fascist regime in some unknown country. The leaders of the regime are being killed one at a time. Also, people are being tortured for no apparent reason. (4) There are discussions going on in the uppermost levels of the British government that appear to have nothing to do with anything else. But, by the end of the film, most everything fits together quite nicely as a story about creating a master race.

Scream and Scream Again 'stars' Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing. I say 'stars' because Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are barely in the movie. In fact, Cushing has all of about 5 minutes of screen time. Alfred Marks as Supt.Bellaver is actually the star. He's a no nonsense policeman investigating the string of murders in London. In the end though, Price takes over and is wonderful. His mad doctor routine is terrific to watch.

There are some excellent moments in the film worth mentioning. The chase scene is one of the longest I've ever seen, ending with the killer losing a hand after being handcuffed to the front of a car. Another is the fight scene at the end between Vincent Price and leader of the fascists. There are also moments of tension as when the young doctor is snooping around Vincent Price's house.

This is a movie that you have to be patient with. Trust me, it all makes sense in the end.


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