And Now the Screaming Starts!
|And Now the Screaming Starts!|
United States cinematic release poster
|Directed by||Roy Ward Baker|
|Produced by||Max Rosenberg
|Written by||Roger Marshall (screenplay)
|Music by||Douglas Gamley|
|Editing by||Peter Tanner
Tony Curtis (addl)
|Release date(s)||April 27,1973|
|Running time||91 mins|
The screenplay, written by Roger Marshall, is based on the novel Fengriffen by David Case. It stars Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham and Ian Ogilvy, and was directed by Roy Ward Baker. The large gothic house used in the film is Oakley Court, near Bray village, which is now a four star hotel.
In the late 18th century, two newlyweds move into the stately mansion of the husband, Charles Fengriffen (Ogilvy). The bride, Catherine Fengriffen (Beacham), falls victim to a curse placed by a wronged servant on the Fengriffen family and its descendants.
- Peter Cushing
- Herbert Lom
- Patrick Magee
- Stephanie Beacham
- Ian Ogilvy
- Geoffrey Whitehead
- Guy Rolfe
- Rosalie Crutchley
- Gillian Lind
The film received a lukewarm reception in Britain and America on its release. In the UK, And Now The Screaming Starts went out on a double bill with the American horror film, Dr Death Seeker of Souls. Jonathan Rosenbaum of Monthly Film Bulletin praised Denys Coop's camerawork and the acting performances, yet felt the film never quite realised its potential. A. H. Weiler reviewing the work in The New York Times commended Cushing's contribution, deeming it superior to the rest of the cast's, although considered its plot contrived. Mark Burger, reviewing a home video release for the Winston-Salem Journal in 2002, similarly noted the strong cast though found the muddled screenplay led to a merely "watchable" film.
Further reading 
- Chibnall, Steve; Petley, Julian (ed.) (2005). British Horror Cinema. Oxford: Taylor & Francis, pp. 132–134. ISBN 0-203-99676-3
- Mayer, Geoff (2004). Roy Ward Baker (British Film Makers). Manchester Univ. Press. ISBN 0-7190-6354-X
- And Now the Screaming Starts! at AllRovi
- And Now the Screaming Starts! at the Internet Movie Database
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