"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
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.
Want more info on this movie?:
Buy "And Now the Screaming Starts!"
Or you could buy it through Ancor Bay
UK's "The Amicus Collection: 5 Discs - Limited Edition"
(much cheaper I might add) at: Play