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The House That Vanished (1973)

Scream... and Die! (original title)
R | | Horror | 3 October 1974 (USA)
A young model and her petty thief boyfriend find their way through the English fog to a backwoods manor in hopes of looting it. What they find instead is murder, and when the model attempts... See full summary »

Director:

José Ramón Larraz (as Joseph Larraz)

Writer:

Derek Ford
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Cast

Cast overview:
Andrea Allan ... Valerie Jennings
Karl Lanchbury Karl Lanchbury ... Paul
Maggie Walker Maggie Walker ... Aunt Susanna
Peter Forbes-Robertson Peter Forbes-Robertson ... Mr. Hornby
Judy Matheson ... Lorna Collins
Annabella Wood Annabella Wood ... Stella
Alex Leppard Alex Leppard ... Terry
Lawrence Keane Lawrence Keane ... Mike
Edmund Pegge ... Kent
Daphne Lea Daphne Lea ... Mrs. Dabney
Richard Aylen Richard Aylen ... Insp. Matheson
Barbara Meale Barbara Meale ... Victim #1
Joshua Leppard Joshua Leppard ... Peter
Raymond Young ... Car driver
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A young model and her petty thief boyfriend find their way through the English fog to a backwoods manor in hopes of looting it. What they find instead is murder, and when the model attempts to find the house again, her efforts come to naught. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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In the Great HITCHCOCK Tradition! See more »

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Horror

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Country:

UK | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Go Into the Bedroom See more »

Filming Locations:

Essex, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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libidinous, scantily clad buxom women, creaky, dimly lit houses and some elusive sexually 'unusual' maniac
23 January 2014 | by Darkling_ZeistSee all my reviews

'Scream and Die!' is another woefully obscure Jose Ramon Larraz horror excursion from the early 70's that is entirely undeserving of its current position of lost title. All the requisite Larraz traits are in abundance here; libidinous, scantily clad buxom women, creaky, dimly lit houses and some elusive sexually 'unusual' maniac knocking off a series of shrieking, top-heavy females. The basic giallo-esque plot of some black-gloved killer doesn't stray from convention, but where Larraz succeeds and many other similar filmmakers fail is that he always manages to generate a palpably erotic and decadent tone among all the familiar heavy breathing stalk and slash; besides the abundance of candle-lit cleavage he also infuses the admittedly generic premise with oodles of genuinely unsettling Gothic motifs. After reading a few glib, dismissive reviews of 'Scream...and Die' I really wasn't expecting much, but contrary to low expectations the film proved to be entirely entertaining with a series of demonstratively eerie set pieces that managed to evoke a sweaty-palmed Poe-like, sepulchral chill.


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