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Scream Bloody Murder (1973)

R | | Horror | February 1973 (USA)
A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken to a mental hospital where he's outfitted with a hook to replace his lost hand and, ... See full summary »

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Marc B. Ray

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Larry Alexander (screenplay), Marc B. Ray (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Holbert Fred Holbert ... Matthew
Leigh Mitchell Leigh Mitchell ... Vera / Daisy Parsons
Robert Knox Robert Knox ... Mack Parsons
Ron Bastone Ron Bastone ... Sailor
Suzette Hamilton Suzette Hamilton ... Brenda
Willey Reynolds Willey Reynolds ... Lex (as Wiley Reynolds)
A. Maana Tanelah A. Maana Tanelah ... Bridey-Lee
Florence Lea Florence Lea ... Helen Anatole
Angus Scrimm ... Dr. Epstein (as Rory Guy)
Cecil Reddick Cecil Reddick ... Mr. Simpson
Gloria Earl Gloria Earl ... Mrs. Simpson
J.M. Jones J.M. Jones ... Young Matthew
Norman Norman ... Candy Seller
Rob Max Rob Max ... Matthew's Father
Winnifred Winnifred ... The Dog
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A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken to a mental hospital where he's outfitted with a hook to replace his lost hand and, years later, he's eventually released from the asylum. He returns home to find his mother has remarried, which sets him off on a murderous rampage. Written by David Bassler

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One by one they died! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Matthew See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Crest)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Also released under the title Matthew. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Vera: People belong where they belong. I'm an amateur painter who turns tricks to make the rent. That's where I belong.
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 5 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Matthew's Theme
by Don Bagley
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A surprisingly good psycho flick.
23 October 2010 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

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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