And Now the Screaming Starts!

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And Now the Screaming Starts!
United States theatrical release poster
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Produced by Max Rosenberg
Milton Subotsky
Gustave Berne
Screenplay by Roger Marshall
Based on Fengriffen (novella)
by David Case
Starring Peter Cushing
Herbert Lom
Patrick Magee
Ian Ogilvy
Stephanie Beacham
Music by Douglas Gamley
Cinematography Denys Coop
Edited by Peter Tanner
Tony Curtis (addl)
Distributed by Fox-Rank (UK), Cinerama Releasing Corporation (USA)
Release date
April 27, 1973
Running time
91 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $500,000[1]

And Now the Screaming Starts! is a 1973 British gothic horror film. It is one of the few feature-length horror stories by Amicus, a company best known for anthology or "portmanteau" films.

The screenplay, written by Roger Marshall, is based on the 1970 novella Fengriffen by David Case.[2] 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 1795, newlyweds Catherine (Beacham) and Charles Fengriffen (Ogilvy) move into Charles' stately mansion. Catherine falls victim to a curse placed by a wronged servant on the Fengriffen family and its descendants.



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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[2]


  1. ^ Ed. Allan Bryce, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, Stray Cat Publishing, 2000 p 102-109
  2. ^ a b Burger, Mark (17 May 2002). "Video View". Winston-Salem Journal: p. 3.
  3. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (1974). "Feature Films". Monthly Film Bulletin, 41:480/491: p. 243.
  4. ^ Weiler, A H (28 April 1973). "Screen: A Creepy Legend". The New York Times: p. 21.

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