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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.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker

Writers:

Roger Marshall (screenplay by), David Case (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Pope
Herbert Lom ... Henry Fengriffen
Patrick Magee ... Dr. Whittle
Stephanie Beacham ... Catherine Fengriffen
Ian Ogilvy ... Charles Fengriffen
Geoffrey Whitehead ... Woodsman / Silas
Guy Rolfe ... Maitland
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Luke
Gillian Lind ... Aunt Edith
Sally Harrison ... Sarah
Janet Key Janet Key ... Bridget
John Sharp ... Henry's Friend
Norman Mitchell ... Constable
Lloyd Lamble ... Sir John Westcliff
Kay Adrian Kay Adrian
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The dead hand that CRAWLS, KILLS and LIVES!!! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1982 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Now the Screaming Starts See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Amicus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As the project was entitled "Fengriffen" all through the production process, both stars Ian Ogilvy and Stephanie Beacham later claimed having been astonished at the time by the title under which this film finally came out, producer Max Rosenberg having set his mind on an apparently more commercially sounding one. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Charles explains that his family's ancestral manse is haunted]
Charles Fengriffen: Ghosts galore. Headless horsemen, horseless headsmen, everything.
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Alternate Versions

US version is missing two scenes from the original British release: Peter Cushing's discovery of an eyeless corpse and Ian Ogilvy's smashing the skeleton against a gravestone. See more »

Connections

Featured in Movie Macabre: And Now the Screaming Starts! (1982) See more »

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More shocking than you'd expect!
20 February 2004 | by trouserpressSee all my reviews

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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