A pretty young Mexican girl returns to her hometown to make funeral arrangements for her beloved aunt, who has just died. Soon she begins to hear disturbing stories about the town being ... See full summary »
"100 Cries of Terror" seems to be one of the harder to find Mexican imports so popular in the 1960s, courtesy of K. Gordon Murray of Coral Gables Fla. Director Ramon Obon, who scripted the excellent "The Black Pit of Dr.M" (1958), takes a stab at a two-part anthology here, both running about the same 40-plus minute length. "Panic" features a husband and wife spending a night in their new home, a deserted old mansion whose previous owner was a widow who had gone mad and wound up in chains. The wife, suffering from a weak heart, is left alone by the husband, gone to fetch the doctor, while the anguished cries of the late owner's ghost begin rattling chains around. "Supreme Fear" opens with the burial of a young woman, and a New York doctor visiting the grave of his late sweetheart, gone nearly 6 months. The doctor's untimely fainting spell leaves him alone in the crypt, until the very audible cries of the newly deceased woman emanate from her sealed tomb (Walter Stocker's 1974 "Till Death" expanded on this story, with a husband grieving for his dead wife, spending a night locked in her crypt). It's just as well that both stories were put together, as neither could have sustained feature length; as it is, it's probably one of Murray's better imports. There certainly seem to be 100 cries throughout the film, which aired on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater just once, on Aug 12 1972, paired with first feature "Man in Outer Space" (1961).
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