And Now The Screaming Starts!
| 91 MINS | COLOUR | AMICUS |
It is England, 1795. Newlyweds Charles Fengriffen and his wife Catherine arrive at the Fengriffen mansion. It is not long before Catherine is beset by a spooky series of hallucinations, namely, a creepy severed hand, and a baleful ghost, with no eyes, staring in through the window.
When it is announced that she has fallen pregnant, Catherine is sent into a downward spiral and has a breakdown. It becomes clear that Charles is withholding a dark secret about the Fengriffen family from Catherine.
To assist in finding a solution to the visions and attacks that are tormenting Catherine, Charles brings in the help of a man of science, Dr Pope.
Britishhorrorfilms: It can be a bit slow in places, but there’s much to recommend this film – not least Beacham’s chest, I mean performance.
Timeout: The film might more accurately have been called The Screaming Never Stops, because Beacham screeches incessantly throughout, an effect more wearing than suspenseful.
Mondoesoterica: Boasting some very strong acting, solid production, beautiful music and an inspired directorial turn from Roy Ward Baker, And Now the Screaming Starts is a near-perfect ghost story, with only some elements of the script letting it down.
- Directed by Roy Ward Baker
- Produced by Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky & Gustave Berne
- Music by Douglas Gamley
- Cinematography Denys Coop
- Production company Amicus Productions
- The film received a lukewarm reception in Britain and America on its release.
Peter Cushing — Dr Pope | Herbert Lom — Henry Fengriffen | Patrick Magee — Dr Whittle | Stephanie Beacham — Catherine Fengriffen | Ian Ogilvy — Charles Fengriffen | Geoffrey Whitehead — Silas (woodsman) | Guy Rolfe — Maitland | Rosalie Crutchley — Mrs Luke | Gillian Lind — Aunt Edith | Sally Harrison — Sarah | Janet Key — Bridget | John Sharp — Henry’s friend | Norman Mitchell — Constable | Lloyd Lamble — Sir John Westcliff