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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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For maximum thrill . . . we earnestly urge you to see this motion picture from the start!

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Horror | Thriller

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Trivia

Sir Christopher Lee's most vivid recollection of this movie is, while shooting the dining room scene, suddenly realizing he was being observed by Gary Cooper. Director Seth Holt remarked that Lee looked as though he'd "seen a ghost." Cooper was shooting what was to be his last movie, The Naked Edge (1961), at the studio, and Lee recalls seeing Cooper having lunch every day by himself, the actor was dying of cancer. 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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Prelude in E minor
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Written by Frédéric Chopin
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A stylish chilling little thriller
9 May 2007 | by ben-727See all my reviews

Yes, this is indeed a very nice little horror film. It is chilling and suspense. The acting of the three major actors is really well done, they all fit the roles, and the whole atmosphere of the film has maked it rather stylish. Using Susan Strasberg for that role is a good choice. She's rather pretty charming actually, especially when compared with those star actresses of nowadays. This is a small production of the early 60's, but none of the big budget Hollywood horror films can compare with it even though they might have tried to copy part of its shadow. I do not know how to explain, but you if have watched the movie, you will feel something, you will feel the film having the style in its own way. You simply cannot find such kind of stylish production often on TV or in theaters. Like the other film fan from UK, I have recorded it down few weeks ago, and watched it in the afternoon the day after. It's good that I have not watched it alone at night. I am really glad that I have now the whole movie in its original theatrical wide screen format on my own DVD. Here I specially thank for the TV-listing information of the Dutch inter net site and the film information in IMDb. They made me have a chance to know and discover this nice film and take action to record it down. If you have a chance to watch this film, don't miss it! You will surely like it in a way!


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UK

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Release Date:

22 August 1961 (USA) See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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