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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Scream of Fear (1961)

If you like thrillers, Scream of Fear is as good as anything directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  This Hammer Horror production has a smart script with several unexpected twists along the way.  After an opening scene which serves as a prologue, the story begins when Penny, an attractive, wheel-chair bound girl, returns to her father's estate after ten years.   She meets her new step-mother and is told her father is away on business.  Things get interesting when Penny keeps seeing the body of her dead father on the estate.  She wonders if she's losing her mind or whether something sinister is happening at her new home.

The trio at the center of this drama include Susan Strasberg [Rollercoaster] as Penny,  Ann Todd as the step-mother and Ronald Lewis as Robert, the hired hand on the estate.    They are perfect together and play off of each other extremely well.  They keep things interesting and suspenseful scene after scene.  Christopher Lee also stars in the small bit part of Dr. Pierre Girrard.  He fits the bill nicely and leaves the viewer wishing he had more scenes in the film.

I consider Scream of Fear to be one of the undiscovered gems of Hammer Horror.  If you like thrillers, this one is an absolute a must-see.  Intelligent.  Suspenseful.  Surprising.  Who could ask for anything more?

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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