Blu-ray Review: SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN

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SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN was directed by Gordon Hessler, with cinematography by John Coquillon, and written by Christopher Wicking. The film stars Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Judy Huxtable, Alfred Marks and Michael Gothard. Music by David Whitaker.

This 1970 hybrid film begins with a jogger getting abducted where he wakes up in some kind of “makeshift” hospital room with a beautiful nurse looking after him. The weird thing is that each time the man wakes up he is missing more limbs. But why? There’s also a mysterious man that hangs out at local clubs where he charms beautiful women and then takes them off and kills them. But why? Now to top these two story lines off there’s also this Nazi-like military outfit that has some sinister plans to take over the world. But why? Without going into it too much let’s just say that the word “Frankenstein” comes into play.

Three quarters of this movie spends its time on these different story lines as we watch these individuals do their thing as the body counts rise. While we watch all of this go on, it all slowly starts coming together in the final quarter of the film that links everything together. This sinister plot to take over the world has a mad scientist behind it all where he is connecting different boy parts to create the perfect weapon – a human that is nearly unstoppable. Of course the British feds finally catches on to what’s going on and one of their best takes on this sinister plot all by his lonesome in the end.

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Okay, to say this was a bizarre watch would be an understatement. The story is confusing through the majority of the watch and you really don’t know what’s going on, but the payoff is worth the wait and it all comes together in the end, sort of. There are gaps in the plot and questions left unanswered, like a certain person is sucking blood from their victims because they’re not a vampire. There is someone called a “vampire killer” in the movie though! The standout in the movie is the fact that it features three icons of the horror genre: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing. The downer about this is the fact that these icons aren’t in the movie much at all. Peter Cushing has a total of five minutes and that’s it. Christoper Lee’s time isn’t much more. Vincent Price gets the most screentime and is a major player in the story. There’s some horror, there’s the spy/espionage game, there’s even a little sci-fi/fantasy thrown in this mad little monster movie. There’s even a pool of acid that comes into play!

The front of the packaging features the creepy cool artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, a few quotes, an image and list of extras. The reverse sleeve features another image from the movie. Inside is the “trademark” booklet from Twilight Time that includes alternate artwork on the front with the original poster art on the back. The inside of the booklet features some nice words about Scream and Scream Again by Julie Kirgo along with more images from the movie. Inserting the disc (that also features matching original artwork), the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were really good. I noticed just a little grain at times and the sound was near perfect. Another fine job by the awesome gang over at Twilight Time!

Bottom line is, Scream and Scream Again is a very interesting watch to say the least. The fact that Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing are all in this movie would get any horror fan’s attention. As sloppy as the story is, the movie is just such a bizarre watch that it makes it a unique and interesting experience. This is the best this old American International Pictures has looked. The Scream and Scream Again Blu-ray is a Limited Edition of 3,000 Units and is worth checking out – especially if you’ve never witnessed this movie before.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: Good Stuff! Twilight Time included some nice extras with this release. There’s the isolated score track, along with some audio commentary. There’s also a featurette, interview, still gallery, radio spot and original trailer. You can see the full list below.

  • Isolated Score Track
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Tim Sullivan
  • Gentleman Gothic: Gordon Hessler at AIP
  • An Interview with Uta Levka
  • Still Gallery
  • Radio Spot
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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