MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,657 this week

-- And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)

5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 1,334 users  
Reviews: 42 user | 57 critic

England 1795: the young Catherine just married Charles Fengriffen and moves into his castle. She becomes victim of an old curse that lays on the family. On her wedding night she's raped by a ghost and gets pregnant.

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 158 titles
created 17 Sep 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 18 Dec 2011
 
a list of 127 titles
created 31 Dec 2012
 
a list of 277 titles
created 02 Apr 2013
 
a list of 1431 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: -- And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)

-- And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of -- And Now the Screaming Starts!.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Lorna Heilbron
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house: 1) A writer encounters a strangler of his own creation, 2) Two men are obsessed with a wax ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Duffell
Stars: John Bryans, John Bennett, Christopher Lee
Horror | Sci-Fi | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

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.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Five strangers board a train and are joined by a mysterious fortune teller who offers to read their Tarot cards. Five separate stories unfold: An architect returns to his ancestoral home to... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Roy Castle
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Two writers and their girlfriends visit the castle of an actor who specializes in playing vampire roles. As the night progresses, they begin to wonder if the man is an actor playing a vampire, or a vampire playing an actor.

Director: Pierre Grunstein
Stars: Peter Cushing, Alida Valli, Bernard Menez
The Skull (1965)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A collector comes into possession of the skull of the Marquis de Sade and learns it is possessed by an evil spirit.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Peter Cushing, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A special sideshow torture exhibit has the power, according to showman Dr. Diablo, to warn people of evil in their futures. Ore by one, skeptical customers stand before the Fate Atropos to ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith, Beverly Adams
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Five men trapped in the basement vault of an office building share visions with each other of their demise. Stories revolve around vampires, bodily dismemberment, east Indian mysticism, an ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Terry-Thomas, Tom Baker, Daniel Massey
The Ghoul (1975)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Peter Cushing stars as a former priest who harbors a dark and horrible secret in his attic. The locked room serves as a prison cell for his crazed, cannibalistic adult son, who acquired his... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Peter Cushing, John Hurt, Alexandra Bastedo
Bloodsuckers (1970)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A group of friends search for a young English Oxford student who has disappeared whilst researching in Greece. They are shocked to find that, wherever he has been, certain unsolved murders ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hartford-Davis
Stars: Patrick Macnee, Peter Cushing, Alexander Davion
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Count Dracula journeys to a remote Chinese village in the guise of a warlord to support six vampires who are dispirited after the loss of a seventh member of their cult. At the same time, ... See full summary »

Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang
Stars: Peter Cushing, David Chiang, Julie Ege
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In order to collect inheritance money, a slacker tries to induce a heart attack in his invalid grandmother by convincing her that she's become the target of youth supremacists who want to enact a genocide on the elderly.

Director: Bill Bain
Stars: Vanessa Howard, Mona Washbourne, Paul Nicholas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Dr. Pope
...
Henry Fengriffen
Patrick Magee ...
Dr. Whittle
...
Catherine Fengriffen
...
Charles Fengriffen
Geoffrey Whitehead ...
Silas / Woodsman
...
Maitland
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Mrs. Luke
Gillian Lind ...
Aunt Edith
Sally Harrison ...
Sarah
Janet Key ...
Bridget
John Sharp ...
Henry's friend
...
Constable
Lloyd Lamble ...
Sir John Westcliff
Kay Adrian
Edit

Storyline

In 1795, in England, the young woman Catherine moves to the house of her fiancé Charles Fengriffen in the country to get married with him. When she arrives, she feels interest in the portraits of the Fengriffen family, particularly in the one of Charle's grandfather Henry Fengriffen, which seems to have a sort of evil entity possessing it. While admiring Henry's face, a severed hand attacks Catherine through the picture on the wall. Later, she gets married with Charles, beginning her journey of mystery, eerie apparitions, secrets and deaths, and having her days filled with fear and the nights with horrors in a cursed family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

death | hand | ghost | severed hand | curse | See All (28) »

Taglines:

You've got to hand it to this movie. It's a classic. It's bizarre. It's spine-chilling. It's shocking and still it remains a classic! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 February 1982 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Bride of Fengriffen  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

The ghostly hand is a right hand throughout the film but when it appears to kill Mrs Luke it is suddenly a left hand. See more »

Quotes

[Charles explains that his family's ancestral manse is haunted]
Charles Fengriffen: Ghosts galore. Headless horsemen, horseless headsmen...
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Solid Effort by the "Also Ran" Studio
1 July 2003 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

Amicus and Hammer studios were very much in the same market, even to the point of competing for the same stars and directors. A quick glance at the cast, crew and plot summary of `And Now the Screaming Starts' could mislead one to believe it was a Hammer production: Roy Ward Baker, Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom and Patrick Magee were all known for their contributions to Hammer history, and the Gothic premise of a late 18th century ghost story fits their profile well. Nevertheless, certain elements tag this as distinctive from the Hammer cycle, and make it of note to horror completists, although perhaps of less interest to general audiences.

The film was originally based on an obscure novella entitled `Fengriffin,' after the name of the cursed family line around which the story centers. Of course, a movie called `Fengriffin' would have been a weak seller in any market, particularly the lurid horror market of the early 1970's, (`Texas Chainsaw Massacre' came out only two years after), so it was inevitable that a splashier title would be selected. In choosing `And Now the Screaming Starts', the producers assured their film cult status and greatly embarrassed most of the actors, who had thought they were working on a more `serious' film. The title seems to fit well, however, as lovely Stephanie Beacham demonstrates her lung capacity often, particularly in the first third of the film.

The story follows a standard plot of Gothic decadence: a noble family is cursed for the libertine debauches of an ancestor, and the young generation pays the price. This is typical of a period in literature in which wistful nostalgia for the aristocracy was combined with growing class resentment and a sense that the nobility had `failed' in their responsibilities as leaders. Amicus updates this by including an axe murder, a rotten corpse-ghost with no eyes, a severed hand, and a somewhat overly subtle rape scene by said ghost. The rape is particularly typical of Amicus' approach to the genre, as compared to Hammer's. At the time, Hammer was doling out overt doses of sex alongside their blood, and frontal nudity was not uncommon. Amicus, however, shied away from nudity or sex almost prudishly, and refused to allow its stars to be seen as compromised. Why they would select a story that hinges on a rape they refused to show (or even imply effectively) is perhaps the greatest mystery.

The true star of this movie is the female victim, often the case in well produced Gothic drama. Top-billed Peter Cushing appears 47 minutes into the movie as her doctor, an `ahead-of-his-time' psychiatrist who wants to prove that the supernatural elements are all in her head. The filmmakers have given us a few too many clues at this point for there to be any real doubt, but watching him methodically seek a rational answer (and his excellent downplayed performance) gives the plot a new lease on life after it begins to drag a bit. Patrick Magee as the eccentric country doctor and Herbert Lom as the decadent ancestor are also excellent. A bit less convincing are Ian Ogilvy as the concerned husband and Geoffrey Whitehead as the outraged peasant.

Overall, the film is directed well, nicely photographed, and has beautiful sets and good effects, considering the low budget. Nevertheless, it seems to lack `something' that would make it worthy of repeat viewings. The sense of dread one associates with the best of Gothic drama is undermined somewhat by the romantic, upbeat score. Perhaps there are too many scenes shot in daylight, or the castle isn't quite gloomy and decrepit enough to transmit the sense of the curse. Whatever it may be, I recommend this more as a curiosity than a great film.


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
catherine and the hand ditzy_halliwel_sister
Peter Cushing's role mattpt83
Embarassing confession ClassicMovieholic
Full on! Grave desecration and ample bosums galore! DC-Tiki
location eriklives
Coming on again tonight . milatchi
Discuss -- And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?