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Scream of Fear (1961)

Taste of Fear (original title)
Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 22 August 1961 (USA)
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A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

Director:

Seth Holt

Writer:

Jimmy Sangster
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Complete credited cast:
Susan Strasberg ... Penny Appleby
Ronald Lewis ... Robert
Ann Todd ... Jane Appleby
Christopher Lee ... Dr. Pierre Gerrard
John Serret ... Inspector Legrand
Leonard Sachs ... Mr. Spratt
Anne Blake ... Marie
Fred Johnson ... Mr. Appleby
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Penny Applebee's parents were divorced when she was quite young and she grew up with her mother. After her mother's death, the wheelchair-bound Penny has accepted her father's invitation to live with him. She arrives only to learn that her father is away though her stepmother - who she is meeting for the first time - proves to be quite welcoming. On her first night however, she sees a light in the summerhouse and upon investigation, sees her father sitting there, apparently dead. Others can find nothing there and tell her she must have imagined it. She later sees his body in library and then again in the pool. She comes to believe that her stepmother and her father's friend, Doctor Pierre Gerard, are plotting to drive her insane. She gets a sympathetic ear from Bob, the chauffeur, who feels there has to be some rational explanation for what has been happening. Written by garykmcd

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In "The Films of Christopher Lee", the actor is on record as saying of the movie, "In my opinion, the best film Hammer ever made." He added that Seth Holt was "one of the best directors Britain ever had." See more »

Goofs

When the policeman is telling Mrs. Abblebee and Bob about the car accident, he says the car was found in 30 feet of water. When we see the car in the water, it is just below the surface. See more »

Quotes

Penny Appleby: [to Dr. Gerrard] You say my mind is affecting my legs. You're wrong. It's my legs that are affecting my mind.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Prelude in E minor
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Written by Frédéric Chopin
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User Reviews

Stunning!
5 December 2003 | by melchiorSee all my reviews

I saw this movie with my brother when we were kids. It is absolutely stunning! I remember we have been so afraid about some scenes that it was hard to close the light in our room for sleeping. Some facts are revealed at the end of the movie which makes it fascinating too! A "must see" movie! Shame on the industries, cannot get it on DVD!


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UK

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Release Date:

22 August 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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