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A serial killer, who drains his victims for blood is on the loose in London, the Police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist.

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Dr. Browning
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Fremont
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Major Heinrich Benedek
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Sylvia
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Detective Supt. Bellaver
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Keith
Anthony Newlands ...
Ludwig
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Schweitz
David Lodge ...
Detective Inspector Phil Strickland (credit only)
Uta Levka ...
Jane
Christopher Matthews ...
Dr. David Sorel
Judy Bloom ...
Helen Bradford (as Judi Bloom)
Clifford Earl ...
Detective Sgt. Jimmy Joyce
Kenneth Benda ...
Prof. Kingsmill
Marshall Jones ...
Konratz
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A serial killer, who drains his victims for blood is on the loose in London, the Police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist. Written by Erik Adelfred <eca_97gr@edu.ats.dk>

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He's going to make somebody out of every BODY he meets! See more »


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Rated R for some violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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13 February 1970 (USA)  »

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Vincent Price in interviews a number of years after the film was made, said he never understood the script at all. See more »

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Near the end of the film, Vincent Price throws "Konratz" across the lab. A stuntman with different colored hair takes the actual fall, then the editor cuts back to the real Konratz. See more »

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Superintendent Bellaver: That bloody chicken wasn't killed, it died of old age.
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When We Make Love
Written by Dominic Bugatti (as Dominic King)
Performed by Amen Corner (uncredited)
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The Curse of Ambition
16 September 2006 | by (Detroit, MI, USA) – See all my reviews

Scream and Scream Again seems to want to be a very deep and complicated film. After all, it starts out by presenting three different, and apparently unrelated, plot lines, introduces new characters seemingly at the writers whim through the run time, and seems to pride itself on a grim and "realistic" portrayal of violence and death (while still allowing itself plenty of latitude for shock sequences and super-powered antagonists). Does it all work? Well, not entirely, but I have to give it some credit for trying.

Let's start with the biggest problem I have with this film, the bait-and-switch billing. Price, Lee, and Cushing sit majestically at the top of the credits, yet get precious little screen time, virtually none of it shared. Price is a doctor/mad scientist introduced early on, and then forgotten until the film starts winding down, Cushing has one scene and then dies, and Lee isn't even introduced until late in the film, where he serves as a plot device to tie everything together and wrap up.

Then there's the whole three-plot lines thing. The bulk of the film follows a police inspector on the trail of a psychotic, blood drinking, super-strong serial killer. (Gee, could he be a vampire? Ummmm... well, no.) Alongside that we have the story of a spy for some unnamed, oppressive regime. The over-the-top tone of these scenes clashes with the more mannered presentation of the inspector's story. The costumes and sets suggest a combination of Stalinist Russia, Nazi Germany, and rampant Satanism. (Sure, the symbol displayed on armbands, banners, windows, and any other available surface is probably supposed to evoke the bundled arrows of fascism, but it looks more like the head of a demonic pitchfork to me.) Then we have a series of scenes about a man who collapses while out jogging, and finds himself in a hospital room, where he is kept sedated most of the time while his limbs are gradually stolen in off-camera surgeries. None of this seems connected in any way until the end, when the true plot is revealed, and turns out to be something not particularly suggested by anything in the film up to that point.

Theoretically, this movie could still have worked, and if they had pulled it off, it might have been quite clever. But, even beyond the mismatched feel of the three plot lines, there are other problems which make SaSA feel like several different films forced to share one screen. The inspector becomes irrelevant to his own plot once things get rolling, his leading-man status usurped by the young assistant coroner, who was no more than a minor player for the whole first half of the film. The psycho leaves a nightclub with his latest victim, just in time to go out for "one last drink," and is followed and eventually chased by the police... in broad daylight. Apparently, the bars in England close much earlier than I thought. Add in an unnecessary shock scene or two (like the evil spy's interrogation of a pretty would-be defector, which doesn't seem to have any connection to the rest of the film), and you're starting to make a real mess of things.

Still, the resolution, while coming out of left field, does do a reasonable job of tying things together. But I still cannot recommend this film, mainly because I still feel cheated at the under-utilization of three of the greatest horror actors of all time.


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