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The Screaming Skull (1958)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | January 1958 (USA)
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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Release Date:

January 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis des schreienden Schädels  »

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The official DVD release, as part of the "Movies 4 You: Horror," presents the movie in a pan and scan version. The other three films on the disc are letterboxed. Some of the public domain releases have the film letterboxed. See more »


The shadow of a boom mic is visible when Jenni is talking to Reverend Snow about her mother's death. See more »


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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I don't care what others think, it gave me nightmares.
13 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I was only twelve when I saw this movie but lord it scared the bejesus out of me, I had nightmares for weeks. I have not seen the movie since then and do not care too. It has already stunted my growth and scarred me psychologically; so, I had better not read any follow up reviews calling me BigBlubberer, BigDummy, or some such demeaning name or they may be making a belated sequel. Thank God Jamie Lee Curtis wasn't around for this movie. My young heart couldna' stood it.

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