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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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Storyline

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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Free coffin if you don't DIE OF FRIGHT! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis des schreienden Schädels  »

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The newlyweds' car is a mid-'50s Mercedes-Benz 190SL gullwing. See more »

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As Eric watches the skull fall down the stairs, a stick is visible trying to tip the skull over. See more »

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Narrator: "The Screaming Skull" is a motion picture that reaches its climax in shocking horror. It's impact is so terrifying that it may have an unforeseen effect. It may *kill* you!
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References Rebecca (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie Fantastique - Dream of a Witches' Sabbath
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Music by Hector Berlioz
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Is there a word for 'fear of finding skulls in unusual places'?
20 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

I *love* this movie. It terrified me deliciously on late-night TV when I was 12 or so, and when I discovered it on video in recent years I found it just as enjoyable as I remembered. [I admit that I no longer have to whip back the sheets to reassure myself that there's no skull in the bed, but as a kid I enjoyed several highly dramatic bedtimes because of "The Screaming Skull"...]

And the ghost in the greenhouse (plus funky theme music) still strikes me as a standout spook clip. Over the top? Maybe - but if a horror movie can't be over the top, what can?


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