Another Amicus gem gets the love it deserves
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 04/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The 70's were hard for horror fans; the only worthwhile films were produced on low bugets by a trio of studios (AIP, Hammer and Amicus). During much of the 70's Hammer's horror output became very uneven in quality. Amicus rose to the occasion putting out a series of worthwhile horror films that continue to work well because of the strong casting and interesting scripts/direction on the films.
"And Now the Screaming Starts!" has a loaded title which fits the film well. Charles and Catherine Fengriffen (Ian Ogilvy and Stephanie Beacham) have just moved into Charles' ancestral home. On their wedding night Catherine is raped by an an evil ghost or spirit haunting the house. After her attack she has a series of strange visions and dreams that disturb her. Charles fears for her sanity and calls on Dr. Whittle (Patrick Magee a part of the Amicus stable who also appeared in "Asylum" and "A Clockwork Orange") who, in turn, calls in Dr. Pope (Peter Cushing naturally)a doctor who uses science to cure mental disease. Pope believes that Stephanie has become unhinged but ultimately ends up in a supernatrual battle that even he doesn't expect.
This re-release from Dark Sky Films features a new high definition anamorphic transfer done from the original 35mm negative. Also included are yummy extras including commentary by director Roy Ward Baker and Stephanie Beacham and a second commentary track by actor Ian Ogilvy. Biographies for all the main cast/production team are included as well as a still gallery and trailers for other Dark Sky Films releases in the Amicus series. There are liner notes as well.
If you're a fan of this gothic thriller you can stop screaming about having to pay $50.00 for an out-of-print DVD and start screaming again now that it is on DVD at a reasonable price."
"AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS!" AND THE FUN!
Forrest C. Hopson | Burnsville, NC USA | 07/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""And Now The Screaming Starts!" has the feel of a Hammer Studios horror picture, however, was made by it's rival studio Amicus. The English castle, the haunting story of the ill-fated couple who were so dreadfully wronged by an English nobleman, whose family now carries their curse, and the great atmosphere of the creepy house and it's weird goings-on, make this a fun ride for British horror fans. I video taped this movie from one of cable TVs movie channels, and immediately it became one of my favorites of the genre.
The time is 1795, in England, a young woman Catherine (Stephanie Beacham) moves to the house of her fiancé Charles Fengriffen (Ian Ogilvy) in the country to get married to him. When she arrives, she feels interest in the portraits of the Fengriffen family, particularly in the one of Charle's grandfather Henry Fengriffen (Herbert Lom), which seems to have a sort of evil entity possessing it. While admiring Henry's face, a severed hand attacks Catherine through the picture on the wall. Later, she gets married to Charles, beginning her journey of mystery, eerie apparitions, secrets and deaths. Her days are filled with fear and the nights with horrors in a family that has been cursed.
"And Now The Screaming Starts!" is part of "The Amicus Collection," along with "The Beast Must Die!" (1974) and "Asylum" (1972). I've yet to see the later two titles, but have ordered them from Amazon and should be receiving them shortly. The reviews I've read about them, especially "Asylum," are very good and I can't wait to see them! Here are some other great British horror classics that need to be on dvd, but who knows when that will happen.
The Gorgon (1964)
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
The Skull (1965)
Island of the Burning Doomed (1967)
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
Vault of Horror (1973)
From Beyond the Grave (1973)
So, if you see these titles playing on a cable TV movie channel, do yourself a favor and tape it!
**UPDATE!** "Tales From The Crypt" and "Vault of Horror" is now available in a great "Midnite Movies" double feature DVD! With each movie on it's own disc, complete with awesome picture art on the discs! 20th Century Fox is now releasing the wildly popular "Midnite Movies" DVD Double Features of classic Sci-Fi and Horror films, which were previously being released by MGM. You'll also find Hammer favorites, "The Gorgon," "The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb," "The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll," and my personal fav "Scream of Fear" all in "Hammer Films- 4 Creepy Classic" DVD set, which is part of SONY PICTURE's "Icons of Horror Collection." And the long awaited, "From Beyond The Grave" is now available on DVD, which you may buy individually or as part of Warner Bros' "Twisted Terror Collection."
Classic Horror and Sci-Fi fans, KEEP requesting MORE of these great films from Hammer Studios, Amicus, and others for these DVD releases prove that the Studios ARE listening!!
Great Gothic Horror
Dr. Freeman | Perry, Iowa United States | 09/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fans of gothic horror should be very pleased with this offering. Peter Cushing is his usual fantastic self, only this time he is one of the few sane ones. A curse placed upon a sadist and his airs makes for a fast paced thriller born of the competition between Amicus and Hammer studios. While some compare this movie with The Hound Of The Baskervilles, the only similarities i see are that there is a curse, and Cushing is in both movies. The picture quality is very good and while the sound is in mono it too is good. Worth a look."
Atmospheric Gothic Thriller Rich With Suspense And Mystery
Simon Davis | 06/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Often compared unfavourably with the classic story "The Hound of the Baskervilles", that it resembles in some ways, I find this wonderful production of "And Now The Screaming Starts", most definately stands firmly on it's own considerable merits. It is a fine example of 1970's horror filmmaking from England's prolific Amicus Productions which during this period were the main rivals to Hammer in the field of horror. Blessed with stunning period settings, a first rate British cast of both both young and veteran performers, and many special effects that for the time pack quite a punch it makes for most enjoyable horror viewing. Any vehicle starring the great Peter Cushing, no matter what its artistic merits, is well worth seeing and in this effort depite only coming into the story about half way through he has the perfect vehicle and setting for his finely tooled talents for these type of gothic horror efforts."