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Posted in horror, movies, UK with tags , , , on December 16, 2009 by goregirl

I would like to welcome fellow horror film fanatic AustinChef to the Dungeon! He will be dropping by from time to time with reviews and other horror goodies. Today’s contribution is a review of ‘Scream and Scream Again’ starring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

Reviewed by: AustinChef

If you grew up in the South Jersey/Philly area in the 70s & 80s you will remember channel 48 (a UHF channel. Look it up on the internet kids). Every Saturday they played classic horror films all day long. This is when I 1st experienced Scream and Scream Again. I love this movie; I can’t say enough good things about it. Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing … I mean come on; a cast doesn’t get any better than this! And the plot is a wild, confusing, fun mess. There’s a serial killer on the loose who is draining his victims of blood. The police, in a very loooong chase scene, follow the killer back to a mad scientist (is there any other kind?) played by Vincent Price who is trying to create a super race of human beings. Why? Why the hell not!! Price even has a nice big vat of acid to dissolve his failures in. But wait. There’s a few subplots here that need mentioning: We have a Fascist-like country with a cabal of power-hungry men and a mysterious “hospital” collecting body parts (one would guess the body parts are for Price’s experiments). How all these stories converge makes for a really good time. The acting is great. How could it not be with the trinity of Price, Lee, and Cushing? You just know there’s gonna be some over-the-top, scenery-chewing acting. This also has one of the creepiest openings of any movie. During the credits we see a man jogging. He has a heart attack and wakes up in a “hospital”. He is sedated. Credits roll. He wakes up to find they took his leg. More credits roll. He wakes up again to find an arm missing. Credits roll. This pattern keeps going until he is just a torso with no limbs. It’s a genuinely creepy opening. And we can’t forget about the girl being interrogated in the above mentioned fascist country. Well she loses a few fingers to an ordinary, everyday set of wire cutters in a very suspenseful scene that will have you flinching. All these elements and a really kickass, jazzy soundtrack makes this a great flick that you will have a really fun time with. Maybe it’s just my nostalgia flaring up but this flicks’ a winner. Definitely check it out.