Penny, a young invalid, returns home to find her father missing. She becomes increasingly suspicious of her step-mother and her father's friend, Dr. Gerrard, when their stories of her father's whereabouts begin to shift. Will their attempts to drive her insane and gain her inheritance succeed before she is able to uncover the truth behind her father's disappearance? SCREAM OF FEAR is a small but effective thriller from the great Hammer Studios. It produces several clever and unexpected plot twists that occur just when the audience feels that they have everything figured out. Susan Strasberg accounts for much of the film's success, delivering a strong and memorable performance as the poorly misguided Penny. Christopher Lee also appears in a subdued role as the scheming Dr. Gerrard. The picture is filmed in a rich black and white, carefully crafting its suspense through its moody lighting and eerie score. Although it was clearly influenced by the success of DIABOLIQUE and PSYCHO, this is certainly one of Hammer's better thrillers, and a worthy Hitchcock imitation.
If you liked SCREAM OF FEAR, check out:
DIABOLIQUE, PARANOIAC, STRAIGHT-JACKET.