Scream Bloody Murder (1973)

R  |   |  Horror  |  February 1973 (USA)
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A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken to a mental hospital where he's outfitted with a hook to replace his lost hand and, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Fred Holbert ...
Leigh Mitchell ...
Vera / Daisy Parsons
Robert Knox ...
Mack Parsons
Ron Bastone ...
Suzette Hamilton ...
Willey Reynolds ...
Lex (as Wiley Reynolds)
A. Maana Tanelah ...
Florence Lea ...
Helen Anatole
Dr. Epstein (as Rory Guy)
Cecil Reddick ...
Mr. Simpson
Gloria Earl ...
Mrs. Simpson
J.M. Jones ...
Young Matthew
Norman ...
Candy Seller
Rob Max ...
Matthew's Father
Winnifred ...
The Dog


A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken to a mental hospital where he's outfitted with a hook to replace his lost hand and, years later, he's eventually released from the asylum. He returns home to find his mother has remarried, which sets him off on a murderous rampage. Written by David Bassler

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Matthew: See what I do for you? I get groceries and clothes and art stuff and kill people. And do you appreciate it? No.
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Mental Illness -- Funky 70's Style
25 July 2007 | by (Satan's Colon) – See all my reviews

This movie doesn't screw around--in the opening scene, the protagonist, Matthew as a small child, hops on a tractor and runs over his father for no apparent reason. He then somehow manages to jump off of the tractor and jam his arm under the tread. As a result, his hand is replaced by a hook and he is sent away to a mental hospital to be released as an adult (played by Fred Holbert).

The soft-spoken, adult Matthew comes home to find that his mother has remarried without his knowledge. After this, Matthew evidently decides that he has to kill A LOT of people, starting with his mother and stepfather. This is just the first twenty minutes or so; from there, he goes all SORTS of crazy. He becomes obsessed with a young woman, Vera (Leigh Mitchell), who is both a painter and a prostitute. In an effort to woo her, he kills an entire family, takes their house, and kidnaps the object of his obsession in order to live out a marriage fantasy of some sort. There's a story in there somewhere, but its only function is to move Matthew from one gory death to another.

This is easily seen as an early slasher flick, in which the audience is shown everything from the killer's point of view as he moves from victim to victim. Matthew's compulsion to kill is explained away as an innate, yet strongly Oedipal, evil that society mistakenly labeled an illness.

SCREAM BLOODY MURDER is, overall, among the better movies made during the slasher craze of the 1970's and 80's, and could be considered a forgotten gem among fans of the genre. I got my hands on this movie through Mill Creek's Chilling Classics 50 Movie pack, meaning that this movie is probably public domain and anyone interested might be able to see it for free through online sources.

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