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And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)

England, 1795: the young Catherine has just married Charles Fengriffen and moves into his castle. She becomes the victim of an old curse that lays on the family. On her wedding night she is raped by a ghost and gets pregnant.

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... Dr. Pope
... Henry Fengriffen
... Dr. Whittle
... Catherine Fengriffen
... Charles Fengriffen
... Woodsman / Silas
... Maitland
... Mrs. Luke
... Aunt Edith
... Sarah
Janet Key ... Bridget
... Henry's friend
... Constable
... Sir John Westcliff
Kay Adrian
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In 1795, in England, the young woman Catherine moves to the house of her fiancé Charles Fengriffen in the country to get married with him. When she arrives, she feels interest in the portraits of the Fengriffen family, particularly in the one of Charle's grandfather Henry Fengriffen, which seems to have a sort of evil entity possessing it. While admiring Henry's face, a severed hand attacks Catherine through the picture on the wall. Later, she gets married with Charles, beginning her journey of mystery, eerie apparitions, secrets and deaths, and having her days filled with fear and the nights with horrors in a cursed family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You've got to hand it to this movie. It's a classic. It's bizarre. It's spine-chilling. It's shocking and still it remains a classic! See more »

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Although he is second-billed as one of the stars of the film, Herbert Lom does not appear at all until the last quarter of the film, and only appears in an extended flashback sequence.. See more »

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The ghostly hand is a right hand throughout the film but when it appears to kill Mrs Luke it is suddenly a left hand. See more »

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[Charles explains that his family's ancestral manse is haunted]
Charles Fengriffen: Ghosts galore. Headless horsemen, horseless headsmen, everything.
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References Rebecca (1940) See more »

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More shocking than you'd expect!

When I saw this movie it caused deja-vu, and not only because I've visited Oakley Court, where all the exteriors were shot. The wooden balcony made me think, "There's going to be a disembodied hand crawling along the floor in a minute," and then there was! Another childhood horror movie memory identified!

This is a pretty good film, although the theme of ghostly rape-revenge may not appeal to some. Peter Cushing is excellent as usual, as is Ian Ogilvy as the doomed bridegroom. His final scene when he takes his revenge on the corpse of his brutal ancestor is really quite disturbing!


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