Tuesday, November 30, 2010

And Now the Screaming Starts (1973)

A newlywed couple moves in to the family mansion, where the beautiful young Catherine succumbs to the home's malevolent spirits and quickly becomes impregnated by a mysterious force. As those around her begin falling prey to a series of deadly accidents, Catherine must uncover the family's dark history with the help of a local doctor if she hopes to live! Although it often echoes the paranoia and madness found in both ROSEMARY'S BABY and THE INNOCENTS, the British shocker AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS is a frightful ghost tale all unto itself. It features top-rate performances by Ian Ogilvy, Herbert Lom, Peter Cushing, and Stephanie Beacham, whose role as Catherine truly sets the film apart. Catherine nearly faces a mental collapse as she is haunted by the ghastly images from the past, but it is never certain whether they are held within her own imagination or if she is truly being tormented by the ghosts. Roy Ward Baker preserves this soft-spoken suspense using his graceful camera work and sinister mood that prevails all throughout the house. AND SOON THE SCREAMING STARTS proves to be a chilling tale of murder and revenge from beyond the grave, and is one of only a few feature-length Horror films by Britain's famous Amicus Productions.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS, check out:
SCREAM OF FEAR, THE INNOCENTS, ROSEMARY'S BABY.

10 comments:

  1. Have heard of this before, but never watched it. Gonna check Netflix now. Beacham is a great talent, for sure.

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  2. I really liked this one Joe, The Amicus Collection by Dark Sky is a must have with The Beast Must Die and The Asylum included!

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  3. This sounds great! (I typed that and realized it sounded a bit tony the tiger-ish, but I'm leaving it). I've got to rent this one. Thanks for the review Carl.

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  4. Ive always wanted to see it, but its kind of hard to get a hold of.

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  5. With a title like that, the movie better be awesome! Haha. I didn't care for The Innocents (I know, I know), so I'm hesitant about this one. Your description also reminds me of The Legend of Hell House, which I love, so I may check it out.

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  6. The first act plays out much more like THE INNOCENTS or SCREAM OF FEAR, with delusion and paranoia taking the front seat, but the second and third acts are much more in tune with ROSEMARY'S BABY, so if you liked the latter you will be all in on this one! I'm sure each of you will enjoy it!

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  7. I agree with TFC, hard to get ahold of. I've always wanted to see it as well.

    Where did you find a copy Carl?

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  8. I grabbed the Amicus Collection from Deep Discount for only like $15, its part of the set. Otherwise that Amazon link above will take you to it, $6.50 used!

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  9. For some reason Amicus struggled when it came to films that had a single narrative. Their two best examples are THE SKULL and SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN, and in their own way both films were highly unconventional in form and content. This is one of Amicus' most obvious attempts to imitate Hammer's gothic horror (the other was I, MONSTER), the only problem was they really got their timing out of with this one. The bubble had well and truly burst on period horror, had this been made a decade or even five years before it might have found favour with the public...as it was it seemed quaint and old fashioned.

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  10. Shaun I love THE SKULL! A superb little shocker, I didn't realize that was Amicus! I was surprised to learn that this was made so late when I went to write the review, still a fun little film even if it is clearly derivative.

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