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The Screaming Skull -- A newlywed 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 is going out of her mind.


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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:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Creepy Classics (1987) (V)See more »


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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Look, this is the last time we're going to tell you., 24 November 2001
Author: jayandsjosh ( from Gallitzin, PA

"The Screaming Skull" IS NOT A BAD MOVIE!

"Mystery Science Theater 3000" is not the ultimate judge of a film's worth. Making fun of the film is one thing, but, if they thought this movie was actually bad, they don't know very much at all about film. I'm certain, if you were able to ask them, they'd tell you that, based solely on the level of "cinema" in the film, this is either the best movie they've ever shown or one of the best. (Hey, they mentioned Renoir's "Rules of the Game," so they clearly have some knowledge of real film, unlike you cretins.)

Here's the thing: You people have absolutely zero notion of the concepts of 1) "Suspension of Disbelief" and 2) "Filmmaking." If you could wrap your mind around either of these ideas, you'd be able to tell that this movie is, at the very least, effectively made. The cinematography was top-notch, I felt, and the direction was somewhere north of fair.

(And, by the way, "suspension of disbelief" does not mean simply "buying" everything the filmmakers show you, as many people have taken that phrase to mean. It means that you accept that what you are watching is a movie and thus has certain limitations, but, more importantly, that you try you forget that it's a movie and allow yourself to be affected by the music, atmosphere, etc. Basically, in direct opposition to the ultimately judgmental, condescending stance most people take to all movies in general and older horror films in particular.)

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