And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)

Directors: Roy Ward Baker
Actors: Peter Cushing and Herbert Lom

Genre: Horror


"England 1795: the young Catherine just married Charles Fengriffen and moves into his castle. She becomes victim of an old curse that lays on the family. In her wedding night she's raped by a ghost and gets pregnant." - from Amazon

My oppinion:
As seem to be the case with several Amicus productions, this one also got a title that the director didn't particularly like, which is understandable, as it's kind of "cheap". It is rather fitting though, as there's quite a bit of screaming going on in this one! This is a really classy looking movie, with nice photography, great looking set's, locations and costumes. I've always been "fascinated" by corset's, and the one Stephanie Beacham is wearing is no exception. Nice to the eye that! The acting is ok all-round, and Peter Cushing delivers as usual. It was a bit of a letdown that he didn't appear until about halfway through the movie though. The story takes a bit too long to really get going, but it does pick up when Cushing arrives. The story isn't always very logical at certain points either. I didn't find this one especially frightening, but I rarely do with these types of movies. The atmosphere is really nice though, and that is a very important ingredient for me when it comes to these movies. There is also some blood in this one, and that's always welcome. The severed hand from "Dr. Terrors House of Horrors" also does a re-appearance. All in all, I liked it, even though it has its problems.

My rating:

Want more info on this movie?: IMDB

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