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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.
The Screaming Skull -- The wife of a greedy husband (trying to drive her to suicide so that he can inherit her money) comes face to face with screaming skulls... appearing everywhere.

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Director:
Writer:
John Kneubuhl (written by)
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Release Date:
January 1958 (USA) See more »
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FREE!! We guarantee to bury you without charge if you die of fright during SCREAMING SKULL! See more »
Plot:
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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great fun scary movie See more (102 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
Though it is never credited, the film is based on Francis Marion Crawford's classic horror story of the same title, first published around 1906. Interestingly, Crawford's inspiration for the tale, in turn, came from the folklore surrounding the so-called "screaming skull" that was kept on display at Bettiscomb Manor in Dorset, England. The actual skull that inspired both the story and the movie is said to be that of a black slave whose request for burial in his native country was denied following his death and was subsequently followed by strange occurrences and unexplainable shrieking noises that emanated from the wooden box in which the skull was kept.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Real human skulls are not connected to the jaw bones.See more »
Quotes:
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 »
Soundtrack:
Symphony Fantastique - Dream of a Witche's SabbathSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
great fun scary movie, 20 June 2001
Author: Thomas Diemer (itd01@hotmail.com) from Metairie, La

I agree with Shane Man, Screamig Skull may not be the best picture ever made or fine art, but it is a very good scary, chiller movie. All of the parts are taken by fine character actors. The black and white photography, setting and music give the whole thing an eerie atmosphere. The end is pretty scary too. Like I said, it may not be art, but it is the perfect thing to curl up on the couch on a Friday or Saturday night with a bowl of popcorn.

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Watched this again...........brings back fond memories. douggman99
oh c'mon a 2.8 average? neuronboy
This movie was on Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kdude9000
Same music in Kubrick's The Shining Stuart Gardner
I didn't imagine it! jrfug74
Best DVD version? chocmonk
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