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Screaming Skull (1973)

Not Rated | | Thriller | TV Movie
Weird doctor Ollie conducts experiments at the expense of his wealthy wife Helen, who hates him for letting their son die.

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Gloria Monty

Writers:

Hollis Alpert (developed for television by), Norman Borisoff | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Vincent Gardenia ... Ollie
Carrie Nye Carrie Nye ... Helen
David McCallum ... Luke
Whitfield Connor ... Mr. Jessup (as Whitfield Conner)
Sarah Cunningham Sarah Cunningham ... Martha
Stuart Germain Stuart Germain ... Tom
Helen Stenborg Helen Stenborg ... Sarah
Leon B. Stevens Leon B. Stevens ... Dr. Amos Brown
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Weird doctor Ollie conducts experiments at the expense of his wealthy wife Helen, who hates him for letting their son die.

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Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Screaming Skull See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Though broadcast in color, the only surviving copy in circulation is a black and white kinetoscope. See more »

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Chomping and whistling and causing havoc...
8 March 2003 | by Machete_ColettiSee all my reviews

Weirdo doc likes to conduct experiments in the basement of his house at his wealthy wife's expense. She hates his guts because he allowed their son to die. This is one reason he spends most of his time drinking and popping tranqulizers. His friend warns him about side effects, including hallucinations. We assume that the skull's antics are merely in his mind. Never for a moment would we believe that the skull really is able to perform these feats...

I won't give the entire story away, but what follows involves a skull that is burned in a fireplace to the fascinating sound of wah-wah disco guitar, thrown out the front door late at night during a storm, and all the while continually reappearing and tormenting and eventually killing everyone! Chomping and whistling and causing havoc. One guy tries to reason with the skull. He dies moments afterward. The eerie harpsichord music adds to the flavor of the early-1970's made-for-TV feel of this warped wonder. What I saw was a black and white kinescope, though my guess is that this was originally aired in color?


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