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Scream and Scream Again (1970)

A serial killer who drains his victims' blood is on the loose in London. The police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist.

Director:

Gordon Hessler

Writers:

Christopher Wicking (screenplay), Peter Saxon (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Browning
Christopher Lee ... Fremont
Peter Cushing ... Major Heinrich Benedek
Judy Huxtable ... Sylvia
Alfred Marks ... Detective Supt. Bellaver
Michael Gothard ... Keith
Anthony Newlands ... Ludwig
Peter Sallis ... Schweitz
David Lodge ... Detective Inspector Phil Strickland (credit only)
Uta Levka ... Jane
Christopher Matthews ... Dr. David Sorel
Judy Bloom ... Helen Bradford (as Judi Bloom)
Clifford Earl Clifford Earl ... Detective Sgt. Jimmy Joyce
Kenneth Benda ... Prof. Kingsmill
Marshall Jones ... Konratz
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Storyline

In London, a serial-killer drains the blood of females and the Detective Superintendent Bellaver and his team are hunting down the so-called Vampire Killer. Meanwhile in an undefined country that lives a military dictatorship, the cruel Konratz is climbing positions killing The Power that Be. When the Vampire Killer flees from the police, he seeks refugee at the real estate of scientist Dr. Browning and jumps into a tank of acid. Dr. David Sorel is intrigued with the powerful acid and decides to get a sample. He finds the truth about the research of Dr. Browning. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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HORROR That Nightmares Are Made Of! See more »


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Rated R for some violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Screamer See more »

Filming Locations:

Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Amicus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Saxon was originally a pen name of W. Howard Baker, but it came to be used by several writers working the same circuit, including Martin Thomas and Stephen Frances. The original novel was probably a "round robin", a collaborative effort between these three men. See more »

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When Michael Gothard is finally apprehended, his left arm is curled up behind his head in one shot and then disappears altogether in the next. See more »

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Superintendent Bellaver: Smells like cheese, looks like ham...
[takes a bite of sandwich]
Superintendent Bellaver: Oh, no problem: it's chicken.
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Alternate Versions

British prints of SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN have small differences than AIP's American Theatrical cut, with the American version removing Bellaver clumsily throwing a stone at the speedy cliff-climbing super-human Keith, and a bottle-swigging old drunk peeping at Keith and Sylvia fooling around in the convertible. The final shot of the British print is also different, with the credits scrolling over a long shot of Dr. Browning's lab heard over soundtrack music, rather than on the American print which has the credits being presented over a black screen with The Amen Corner's "Scream and Scream Again" playing. One thing omitted from the American version is a brief but significant dialogue exchange between Vincent Price and Christopher Lee: "But what of the dream?" asks Price. "There is only nightmare" replies Lee). See more »

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Spare Parts
12 May 2005 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** In the movie "Scream and Scream Again" you actually get two bad movies for the price of one. #1. A Vampire-like serial murder Kieth, Michael Gothand, is on the loose in England killing and sucking the blood out of young ladies that he picks up in the local Go-Go nightclubs. #2. A mad scientist Dr. Browning, Vincent Price, working in league with the chief of intelligence of the UK Fremont, Christopher Lee, who's also in some kind of alliance with the head of the secret police Konratz, Marshall Jones, of some unknown Eastern-European communist country.

Kieth is trapped in his murderous actions when the local police have a decoy police woman Sylvia, Judy Huxtable, pose as one of his potential victims. Picking Sylvia up at a local club, that features the live repetitive and monotonous music of a group called The Amen Corner, Kieth and his new girlfriend are followed by the police to this lover lane where he, after giving Sylvia a big smooch, starts to bite into her and starts sucking out her blood.

The police lead by Supt. Bellaver, Alfred Marks, comes to Sylvia's rescue only to have Kieth break away from them and lead them on a long car and foot chase. When Kieth is captured by the cops he hacks off his right hand, that was handcuffed to a police car, to get away and continue his mad dash to what seems like nowhere. Finally trapped at the Dr. Browning estate Kieth jumps into a vat of acid, that just happened to be there in a deserted barn, and kills himself.

Dr. Browning who comes on the scene of this insanity seems to be totally unmoved at all by this bazaar behavior of, what turned out to be, one of his subjects. We now begin to realize what happened to the jogger at the start of the movie who ended up in a hospital, after he suffered what looked like a heart-attack.The jogger then ended up having his legs arms and later even head amputated. Dr. Browning it turns out is constructing a master-race made out of human spare parts that resulted in the somehow murderous and superhuman-like Kieth and that he himself, and those who work for him, are; not really human beings but Frankenstein-like monsters themselves made out of human remains.

Things start to go bad when back in the unnamed Eastern-European country where Konratz, another one of Dr. Brownings creations, starts to get really bad toward the local inhabitants, who are starting to revolt in the streets, with his brutal and sadistic torture of them. Konratz is called into his superior Benedek, Peter Cushing, office and told that he's being canned from his post as head of the country's secret police.

Konratz trying to talk Benedek out of firing him gives him a deadly love-tap on his left shoulder that ends up killing him and thus replace Benedek as chief of the secret police. Later Konratz travels to England to talk turkey with his fellow pieced-together member of Dr. Brownings master race Fremont about this U-2 spy planes English pilot who was shot down over his country. Told that he'll have the pilot released if all the evidence about the vampire-killer, Kieth, is handed over to him. Fremont agrees to have that done but somehow Supt. Bellaver didn't get the news yet and that cost him his life.

Konratz going to Dr. Browning's place to shut down his human spare parts operation, it's starting to get out of hand, has it out with the mad doctor who ends up dumping him in a vat of acid killing him only to have Fremont show up and finish the job that Konratz started. Idiotic movie that is the only film where the top three British horror masters, Vincent Price Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing, were ever in together with Cushing only in the movie for one scene where he immediately killed off.


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