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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 »

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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

Vincent Price refused a stunt double for a scene where he submerges in bubbling yellow acid bath. See more »

Goofs

Peter Sallis' character (the man seen shaving in the circular mirror after the guard lets Marshall Jones through customs) is named Schweitz in the credits. However, on two occasions, this character is referred to as Sallis, by both Marshall Jones who refers to him as "Captain Sallis" and by Peter Cushing who refers to "Sallis'" death. See more »

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Professor Kingsmill: Fastest transition in the world: from human to corpse. It doesn't do to get the two confused, or you'll never be successful.
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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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Lee, Cushing, and Price, Oh My!!
22 July 2000 | by Jerry-93See all my reviews

This film was released before I was born, so I don't know anything about its ad campaign, but I imagine it went something like, "Lee, Cushing, and Price: Together at Last!!" This is true: they all are in this movie, but what we have here is a movie about a bunch of pseudo-Nazis (complete with knockoff uniforms) trying to create the master race by assembling people from assorted "perfect" body parts. Price has a substantial supporting role, but Cushing and Lee have basically cameos, and none of them share any meaningful screen time. So, basically, they are together in the credits only.

Now for the movie. Yes, it has a solid plot, but the movie doesn't follow it. It mostly has to do with the police tracking one of "composite" superhumans as he goes on a rape and murder spree. This does make for two of the best moments of the movie: when the killer, handcuffed to a car bumper, tears off not only his hand to escape, but a third of his forearm. The other is when a killer falls off a mountain and barely gets a scratch.

The real highlight is the final 20 minutes, when Price explains, in classic Bad Guy fashion, the entire master race thing to the hero. Price is a great actor, but he's a terrible doctor, because 1) he puts on his own surgical gloves, and 2) contaminates them 10 seconds later. A fight ensues between Price and the head of the fake Gestapo, and that's it. I don't know if I can recommend this movie to anyone, because fans of the three horror institutions in this film will be disappointed, as will genre fans. Watch it if you're bored, or for the goofy dialogue.


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