|Directed by||Jerzy Skolimowski|
|Produced by||Jeremy Thomas|
|Screenplay by||Jerzy Skolimowski
|Story by||Robert Graves|
|Music by||Tony Banks|
|Edited by||Barrie Vince|
|Distributed by||The Rank Organisation|
|June 1978 (UK)|
The Shout is a 1978 British horror film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, based on a short story by Robert Graves that was adapted for the screen by Michael Austin. The film was the first to be produced by Jeremy Thomas under his Recorded Picture Company banner.
The Shout stars Alan Bates as a mysterious travelling man who invades the lives of a young couple, played by Susannah York and John Hurt. Hurt is a composer, who experiments with sound effects and various electronic sources in his secluded Devon studio. The couple provides hospitality to Bates, but his intentions are gradually revealed as more and more sinister. He claims he has learned from an Aboriginal shaman how to produce a "terror shout" that can kill anyone who hears it unprotected.
- Alan Bates as Crossley
- Susannah York as Rachel Fielding
- John Hurt as Anthony Fielding
- Robert Stephens as Medical Man
- Tim Curry as Robert Graves
- Julian Hough as Vicar
- Carol Drinkwater as Wife
- John Rees as Inspector
- Jim Broadbent as Fielder in cowpat
- Susan Wooldridge as Harriet
- Chris Cloak as Church extra
- Alfie and Kittie Martin extras, parents of deceased child
Producer Jeremy Thomas later remembered his experience making the film:
Because I had a great director, and a quality piece of literature I managed to get a wonderful cast such as John Hurt and Alan Bates. Skolimowski had a sense of shooting style then, this was the second director who I had worked closely with, and it was fascinating watching Skolimowski work. He came from a Polish tradition, the Wajda Film School, he had a different background to other directors I had been working with in the cutting rooms or elsewhere. And it made the film much more creative to me. I saw it more as an artistic endeavour by him.
The film went to Cannes and won the Grand Prix de Jury. We were incredibly lucky and the film was appreciated by the jury. It was a very small festival then, nothing like the Cannes Film Festival of today, it was a small event in a cinema of 800 people or so.
In popular culture
- Sergeant Boyle in The Guard is watching The Shout on TV.
- Thomas, Jeremy; Lieberson, Sanford (2006-04-11). ""At the Cutting Edge" – Producer Jeremy Thomas, interviewed by producer Sandy Lieberson". Berlinale Talent Campus. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
- "Festival de Cannes: The Shout". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-21.