The Night God Screamed, despite the interesting title, is not a very well known horror film; whether or not that's just down to poor distribution I don't know, but what we have here is an interesting and well made little seventies gem in the exploitation vein, though preceding a lot of the better known entries such as Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left. The title made me expect some sort of religious themed horror movie, but actually religion only plays a minor part in the movie and the movie is actually more of a creepy horror flick with exploitation themes. The main player is a preacher's wife who testifies against a fanatical religious group when they crucify her husband. Time goes by and the judge who put members of the group away invites the woman to look after his kids while he and his wife go on holiday. He gives the kids strict instructions not to leave the house while under her care; which doesn't go down well considering they're all teenagers. The situation gets worse still when they start being terrorised by a bunch of unknown attackers...
The Night God Screamed is a slow burning horror movie that doesn't utilise high amounts of gore and violence but delivers its scares through atmosphere and tension. The film has a real gritty feel to it and this bodes well with the dark plot line. The film stars Jeanne Crain in the lead role. She's not the usual horror movie star, but she does well among a cast of lesser actors and helps to ensure that the film is always interesting. The main bulk of the film focuses on the main characters trapped inside a house and this section of the film is tense throughout. Some of the scenes leading up to the finale are not all that interesting, but the film never actually becomes boring. The ending is decent and the twist does make sense, although it's not exactly impossible to guess. It is a shame that this film is so obscure because I'm sure that a lot of horror fans would enjoy it; somehow, however, I can't see it getting a DVD release any time soon. If you can find a copy of this movie, it is well worth getting hold of.
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