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Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Screaming Skull (1958)

The Screaming Skull is a staple of last night B-grade horror films. Yes, the acting is less than spectacular. Yes, the effects are a bit hokey. However, I would argue that this film is better than most people think it is. Let's start with the soundtrack. Music editor Jerry Roberts and conductor/composer Ernest Gold give us a moody and atmospheric score that is the star of this show. Love it!

Director/Actor Alex Nichol who plays the "that boy's just not right" gardener paces the film fine but his acting is less than spectacular to say the least. The rest of the cast is ok with John Hudson giving the strongest performance of the bunch as Eric. Peggy Weber plays his new bride, Jenni, but too often gives into those 1950's helpless female histrionics that drive me crazy.

The basic storyline is nothing new. A newly married couple moves into the husband's home, which was also the home of his first wife who is now deceased. Strange things tart happening and Jenni starts to think she is losing her mind…or is she? You know where it goes form there! Pretty predictable stuff.

All things considered, The Screaming Skull is hardly a masterpiece but you could do a whole lot worse on a rainy Sunday afternoon! If you like old dark house stories, give this one a try. Oh, and the introduction guarantee of a free burial if this movie kills you is brilliant! William Castle would be grinning from ear to ear!

RATING: Fair.

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

You can also download a copy of it from Archive.org.


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