Sunday, October 18, 2015

31 Days of Halloween - Day 18 - Movie 2

A young woman in a wheelchair returns to the house of her wealthy father after an absence of ten years. She discovers that her father had to leave town and is left with her step-mother that she's meeting for the first time, the chauffeur, a doctor friend of the family, and the housekeeper. She has two experiences where she thinks she sees her father's dead body on the property, but no one believes her and she begins to believe that she imagined it. Then evidence appears which makes her think her father really is dead and that her step-mother is trying to kill her for the inheritance.

Scream of Fear (1961) is one of the Hammer movies that no one ever seems to talk about, but they should. This is a compelling psychological thriller with more secrets and revelations than you can shake a stick at, and they all work. The cast is excellent, and there are some lovely black and white visuals. The script by Jimmy Sangster is one of his best.

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