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The Screaming Skull (1958)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  January 1958 (USA)
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A newly married couple arrives at the home of the husband's late wife, where the gardens have been maintained by a gardener faithful to the dead woman's memory. Soon, eerie events lead the new wife to think she's losing her mind.

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Newlyweds Eric and Jenni Whitlock retire to his desolate mansion, where Eric's first wife Marianne died from a mysterious freak accident. Jenni, who has a history of mental illness, begins to see strange things including a mysterious skull, which may or may not be a product of her imagination. Suspicion falls on Mickey, the estate's mentally challenged gardener, who was seemingly was very attached to his former mistress. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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WARNING!... This Ghost Will Haunt You Forever! See more »

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January 1958 (USA)  »

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Das Geheimnis des schreienden Schädels  »

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The death-mask on Marian's tombstone is a reproduction of the famous "l'Inconnue de la Seine", reputed to be the face of a young French suicide who, like the deceased wife in the film, died in the water. See more »

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When the skull is biting Eric's neck during the movie's climax, his sweater vest is clearly seen in wide shots, but he is not wearing it in the close-up. See more »

Quotes

Jenni Whitlock: Eric, when you found me, what else was there?
Eric Whitlock: What do you mean, 'What else?'
Jenni Whitlock: A skull?
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Symphony Fantastique - Dream of a Witche's Sabbath
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Music by Hector Berlioz
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14 June 2002 | by (Columbus, OH) – See all my reviews

Some of these reviews are far more inept than the film the "insightful" film lovers are critiquing. Comments about a lack of gore and such are pretty telling as to the age and tastes of those who hate this flick so passionately.

The Screaming Skull is a creepy, atmospheric tale that relies on mood rather than effects to generate chills. It won't scare the pants off anyone, but it is suitably creepy for late night viewing. It's also wonderfully fun, in the typical 50s b-movie vein. A soap opera plot infused with horror elements. Classic AIP! One of my all-time favorite "bad" movies.


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