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January 1958 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Alex Nicol 
Writing credits
John Kneubuhl (written by)

Produced by
John Coots .... associate producer
John Kneubuhl .... producer
Thomas F. Woods .... executive producer (as T. Frank Woods)
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Betty J. Lane  (as Betty Jane Lane)
Makeup Department
Donald W. Roberson .... makeup artist (as Don Roberson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maurice Vaccarino .... assistant director
Sound Department
Al Overton .... sound
Mandine Rogne .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Hannawalt .... chief grip (as Chuck Hanawalt)
John Millman .... lighting supervisor (as John Milman)
Kenneth Peach .... second unit photographer (as Kenny Peach)
Editorial Department
Florence Williamson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ernest Gold .... conductor
Jerry Roberts .... music editor (as Gerald Roberts)
Other crew
Betty Fancher .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
France:U | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

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Released as the top half of a double feature with Terror from the Year 5000 (1958).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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!See more »
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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Dead From the Neck Up!, 14 November 2004

OK, I could easily bash this film for its many...many flaws. Looking for scares, then steer away from The Screaming Skull. Aside from a scene where you hear knocking on a door with or by a skull, nothing in this film is even remotely chilling. The story is the biggest problem as we know what is going to happen way before it happens. No creativity here. The acting could be a lot worse though for a movie of this type. Lead actor Tony Hudson is below average, but everyone else is at least mediocre. Well, that means the other four in the cast of the entire film. Peggy Webber, busting out literally, plays a woman that was scarred seeing her parents drown as a child. Now, she moves into her new husband's estate where his wife died under questionable means. We then find out he has no money of his own and his new wife is loaded and has a history of mental hysteria. Where is this film going I wonder? Though it is short on scares, has grossly cheap special effects, and a story with virtually no "flesh," The Screaming Skull is one of those fun, bad movies to watch. A lot of other viewers were bored with all the talking, but I found the incompetence in this film quite charming for some inexplicable reason. Director Alex Nicol, also playing the "not-quite-there" Mickey, uses what few resources he has and at the very least makes a film with some unity and flashes of mediocrity at times. I have seen much, much, much worse!

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