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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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John Kneubuhl (written by)
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Release Date:
January 1958 (USA) See more »
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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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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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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:
Released as the top half of a double feature with Terror from the Year 5000 (1958).See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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 »

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17 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
You'll be snoring instead of screaming!, 1 November 2004
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

A man brings his new wife to his home where his former wife died of an "accident". His new wife has just been released from an institution and is also VERY rich! All of the sudden she starts hearing noises and seeing skulls all over the place. Is she going crazy again or is the first wife coming back from the dead?

You've probably guessed the ending so I won't spell it out. I saw this many times on Saturday afternoon TV as a kid. Back then, I liked it but I WAS young. Seeing it now I realize how bad it is. It's horribly acted, badly written, very dull (even at an hour) and has a huge cast of FIVE people (one being the director)! Still it does have some good things about it.

The music is kinda creepy and the setting itself with the huge empty house and pond nearby is nicely atmospheric. There also are a few scary moments (I jumped a little when she saw the first skull) and a somewhat effective ending. All in all it's definitely NOT a good movie...but not a total disaster either. It does have a small cult following. I give it a 2.

Also try to avoid the Elite DVD Drive-in edition of it (it's paired with "Attack of the Giant Leeches"). It's in TERRIBLE shape with jumps and scratches all over. It didn't even look this bad on TV!

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