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My World Dies Screaming (1958)

Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Romance | 1958 (USA)
A newlywed is terrified when her husband brings her to live in the old house that figures in her recurring nightmare.


Harold Daniels


Robert C. Dennis (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Gerald Mohr ... Philip Tierney
Cathy O'Donnell ... Sheila Wayne (as Kathy O'Donnell)
William Ching ... Mark Snell (as Bill Ching)
John Qualen ... Jonah Snell
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Dr. Victor Forel


American-born Sheila Wayne has lived in Switzerland since childhood. Now newly married, she has a recurring nightmare about an ominous old house she can't recall having seen in waking life. Returning with husband Philip to Florida, they go to live at a country house...the house in her dream. Mysterious events multiply; who is responsible and why? Who is crazy? The answer is rooted in dark days of the past... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Did You Know?


When Cathy O'Donnell reads from the Tierney family bible , one of the murdered son's names is Lawrence - Lawrence Tierney , same as the famous actor. See more »


There is a chair on the landing at the top of the stairs that goes from being covered to uncovered then back to covered again. See more »


[closing narration]
Sheila Wayne: We left the old house: silent and foreboding, a place of horror and death. It was truly haunted. No one would ever live there again. It was a house of madness.
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Alternate Versions

The original release had a prologue and epilogue by Gerald Mohr explaining the "Psycho-Rama" subliminal image gimmick. These are lacking in the so-called "uncut" Rhino Video version; also, Rhino has added their own subliminal message, "Rent Rhino Videos every day" (3 times in the 66th minute of their version). See more »


Referenced in Drive-in Movie Memories (2001) See more »

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Definitely grade B, but not bad
17 February 2007 | by hoffmann-13See all my reviews

As a child this movie always scared the daylights out of my sister and me whenever we saw on TV. In fact, in my mind it has always been *the* horror movie of my childhood. After finally discovering its name and seeing it again decades later, I was relieved to see I don't have to be embarrassed to admit that. Sure it's 50 years old, has mediocre acting, and those hokey "subliminal" images, but I still find the situations, especially the woman's dream, haunting. And, though you'll probably think you know what the surprise ending is going to be, there's one or two little twists yet to go. You have to give the filmmakers credit for trying to produce something a bit more psychologically satisfying than the usual 1950's horror movie did.

Worth checking out if you like thriller movies. Just don't spend too much on it!

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Release Date:

1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror in the Haunted House See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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