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Scream of Fear
     

Scream of Fear

Director: Seth Holt

Cast: Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd

 
The British writer/director team of Jimmy Sangster and Seth Holt was never satisfied unless it scared the bejeepers out of its audience. Scream of Fear stars Susan Strasberg as the crippled daughter of Ann Todd, whom she meets for the first time during a vacation on the Riviera. There's something unsettling about Strasberg's surroundings and her mother's

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The British writer/director team of Jimmy Sangster and Seth Holt was never satisfied unless it scared the bejeepers out of its audience. Scream of Fear stars Susan Strasberg as the crippled daughter of Ann Todd, whom she meets for the first time during a vacation on the Riviera. There's something unsettling about Strasberg's surroundings and her mother's behavior. But when Strasberg insists that she's seen the dead body of her father, it is she who is considered off the beam, while everyone else is treated as normal. Perhaps the authorities are right; perhaps Strasberg is merely neurotic and overwrought. And perhaps there's more than one plot twist ahead of us as we draw nearer and nearer the truth. Scream of Fear was originally released in Great Britain as Taste of Fear.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Scream of Fear was clearly inspired by both Psycho and Les Diaboliques, but its obvious lineage doesn't prevent it from being a spine tingling chiller in its own right. Fear is a delight for fans of "old school" horror (the non-monster kind), the kind of film that delights in building up suspense, of milking a scare, of implying rather than showing. It also delights in more twists and turns to its plot than you can count. For some, this will be a bit of a detriment, as, truth to tell, not all of the plot perambulations are entirely credible. But what they lack in credibility, they make up for in cinematic impact, and for this reason most viewers will shrug off any implausibilities that crop up here and there. JimmY Sangster's expertly crafted screenplay is given spot-on direction from Seth Holt, who knows exactly how each scene needs to be shot, what values need to be emphasized, and what to do to keep viewers from figuring out what's going on and spoiling any of the surprises. It's exactly the kind of direction Fear needs, and it's aided beautifully by Douglas Slocombe's intensely atmospheric cinematography and the sharp, sharp, SHARP editing of Eric Boyd-Perkins and James Needs. Susan Strasberg is a great damsel-in-distress, Ann Todd a marvelous perhaps-villainess and Christopher Lee a welcome questionable participant.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2013
UPC:
0043396427129
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
47,006

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Strasberg Penny Appleby
Ronald Lewis Bob
Ann Todd Jane Appleby
Christopher Lee Dr. Gerrard
Leonard Sachs Spratt
John Serret Inspector Legrand
Anne Blake Marie
Freddy Johnson Father
Bernard Browne Gendarme

Technical Credits
Seth Holt Director
Eric Boyd-Perkins Editor
Michael Carreras Executive Producer
Desmond Davis Camera Operator
Thomas Goswell Art Director
Leslie Hammond Sound/Sound Designer
John Hollingsworth Musical Direction/Supervision
Dora Lloyd Costumes/Costume Designer
Stuart Lyons Casting
James Needs Editor
Basil Newall Makeup
Clifton Parker Score Composer
Bernard Robinson Production Designer
Jimmy Sangster Producer,Screenwriter
Len Shilton Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
David Tomblin Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Scream of Fear
1. Chapter 1 [8:49]
2. Chapter 2 [13:02]
3. Chapter 3 [9:56]
4. Chapter 4 [7:15]
5. Chapter 5 [12:20]
6. Chapter 6 [10:45]
7. Chapter 7 [8:47]
8. Chapter 8 [10:26]

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