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Screaming Skull
Screaming Skull
Actors: Russ Conway, William Hudson, John Hudson, Toni Johnson, David McCallum
Director: Alex Nicol
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
NR     2003     1hr 8min


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Actors: Russ Conway, William Hudson, John Hudson, Toni Johnson, David McCallum
Director: Alex Nicol
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 01/21/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1958
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1958
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 8min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Madacy evil strikes again!
Mark Savary | Seattle, WA | 04/17/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Yet again, Madacy has gone out of their way to find the worst prints imaginable to sell to the unsuspecting viewing public. The first feature, "The Screaming Skull" (a title that's given me a headache for decades!), is exceptionally muddy and dark, obviously an extremely poor dub from a several-generations old video source. The second feature on the tape, "The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman" is pure pan n' scan from a very scuffed and chopped print. Distortions and color blur are obvious on the edges of the picture.In "The Screaming Skull", young and nervous newy wed is terrorized by a skull, supposedly that of her new hubby's ex, who died from a crushed skull/drowning in a lilly pond. Grade Z acting all around.While "The Screaming Skull" is a classic low-budget horror flick from the 1950's, "The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman" is of European 1971 vintage. In this one, two college girls travel to eastern Europe in search of a legendary grave of a lady vampire. They meet up with a spooky guy when the run out of gas. Naturally, he's a werewolf. Well, with at least one of the two college girls, I'd be howling at the moon, too.Anyway, they stupidly awaken the lady vampire, and after a bunch of killings, the werewolf and vampire have it out. Obviously the "director" was a fan of "The Six Million Dollar Man", because the lady vampires run and jump in slow motion (not as sexy as it sounds). There are hints of breast from time to time, but if there were any naughty scenes originally, they appear to have been cut (European versions have five to six more minutes then the US drive-in release, which this seems to be).I would strongly urge DVD collectors to avoid any of the horror titles in this Madacy set.I gave the disc two stars only because of the interactive menus. They are the only part of the disc that was nicely done, and there is a Popeye cartoon added for "intermission"."
You'll love it or hate it.
B. Bosaiya | 09/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Want to know if you'll either love this or hate it? Okay, here goes:The "screaming skull" makes it's appearance by being rolled across the floor.Now, do you A) think that that's funny or B) think that that's stupid. If you chose A, then you're in luck, this double feature is for you. If you chose B, well then why are you even looking at reviews of this schlock?"
Mark Norvell | HOUSTON | 02/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"You know, I like this little shocker and don't understand why there isn't a better print of it around. It's rather spooky and quite effective. The story concerns a husband bringing his new bride home to his family estate. She's recently out of a mental hospital due to the shock of her parents' accidental drownings. He's a widower and the shadow of his former wife {whom he's killed) hangs over everything. The bride (Peggy Webber, later a "Dragnet" regular on TV) is now rich from her inheritance and the husband tries to drive her insane and/or to suicide to get the money. He plants a skull everywhere trying to scare her and the screeching of his late wife's peacocks that still roam the grounds of the estate add to the spookiness. The screeching of the peacocks is used to emulate screams that Webber thinks is the skull screaming. But the estates' looney gardner (who loved the late wife) is on to everything and has a skull of his own that he keeps hidden in a murky fountain. Just as Webber has screamed herself into a near catatonic state from fright, the ghost of the late wife shows up to exact revenge. This sequence is handled very well as the specter is dressed in a flowing gardening dress and big hat with a skull for a face. It floats out of the greenhouse (her favorite place as she loved flowers) and chases Webber down the garden path and into the house---at night of course and very effective. It's all very low budget but well done in b&w with creepy music and a good performance from Webber. The estate is properly run down and gothic looking and shadows are used to good effect. I hope to see a decent print of this one day. I'd love to own it."
Not much to miss here...
Tuco | Phoenix, Az USA | 04/06/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I'm usually a big 50's sci fi buff so how could I resist such a great title and cover art, right?

It was a decent story and well done but there really wasn't much to it. Nothing really creative as far as scares or special effects - just the same plastic skull rolling around on the floor over and over. It probably would have played better as a 1/2 hour episode of Night Gallery. For reference purposes on 50's horror, I prefer House on Haunted Hill or Tingler to this film. Screaming Skull is not bad, just uneventful with a lack of real scares or creativity.

One thing to note on the Good Times version - it has a decent transfer, the sound has a hiss and crackle and there is a GoodTimes 'GT' logo that stays in the bottom corner of the screen the entire picture. I guess GoodTimes will always be lame.