Spencer Penraddon returns from the 1st World War to his ancestral home. His sister has succumbed to the blight that has cursed the family since the hall was erected in the 17th century...... See full summary »
Spencer Penraddon returns from the 1st World War to his ancestral home. His sister has succumbed to the blight that has cursed the family since the hall was erected in the 17th century...and symbol of the family curse is the mysterious 'Screaming Skull'. Legend has it that the skull belonged to the loyal slave of 18th century Magistrate Azariah Penraddon. Upon his death the slave wished his remains to be returned to the West Indies. But for reasons unknown Azariah did not grant the slave's final wish and his remains were interred on the edge of the family plot. It was soon after that the disturbances began... If moved the skull was believed to emit terrifying screams and terrible commotions would sound through the house. As a consequence few have dared to disturb it for fear of the terrors it will unleash. Spencer however, already reeling from the horrors of the Western front, wishes to be free of the house and its ghosts. But the ghosts of Penraddon hall are not ready to be put to ... Written by
The imposing male figure in the oil painting (meant to be Azariah Penraddon, the Magistrate that built the manor) hung above the skull, is actually a still taken from unused footage shot for Scayrecrow (2008). The actor is Barnaby Kingsford and the character was Governor Thorndike, the official that paid for Rookwood's capture / execution. See more »
Beautifully rendered and sensitively paced, dark, deep and with a nasty surprise. All you need from an animated short. This is the third animation I have seen By Thorpe and the progression his work has taken is astonishing. He clearly has a fixation and fascination with some of the darker corners of English history and this passion is translated well through his chosen medium. In this case he has taken the historical ghost story of the Screaming Skull and given it new voice and depth by injecting fresh narrative. working out the concept to a new and horrible conclusion.
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