Release dateApril 27, 1973 WriterDavid Case (novel), Roger Marshall CastStephanie Beacham (Catherine Fengriffen), Peter Cushing (Dr. Pope), Patrick Magee (Dr. Whittle), Herbert Lom (Henry Fengriffen), Ian Ogilvy (Charles Fengriffen), Geoffrey Whitehead (Silas / Woodsman) Similar moviesThe Beast with Five Fingers, Batman Returns, Turkey Shoot, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Hellboy, Clue
TaglineA Technicolor film set in a ghostly gothic manor house, England 1785.
And Now the Screaming Starts! is a 1973 British gothic horror film. It is one of the few feature-length horror stories by Amicus, a company best known for anthology or "portmanteau" films.
The screenplay, written by Roger Marshall, is based on the novel Fengriffen by David Case. It stars Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham and Ian Ogilvy, and was directed by Roy Ward Baker. The large gothic house used in the film is Oakley Court, near Bray village, which is now a four star hotel.
In 1795, newlyweds Catherine (Beacham) and Charles Fengriffen (Ogilvy) move into Charles' stately mansion. Catherine falls victim to a curse placed by a wronged servant on the Fengriffen family and its descendants.
Peter Cushing as Dr. Pope
Herbert Lom as Sir Henry Fengriffin
Patrick Magee as Dr. Whittle
Stephanie Beacham as Catherine Fengriffin
Ian Ogilvy as Charles Fengriffin
Geoffrey Whitehead as Woodsman / Silas
Guy Rolfe as Lawyer Maitland
Rosalie Crutchley as Mrs Luke
Gillian Lind as Aunt Edith
Janet Key as Bridget
Sally Harrison as Sarah
The film received a lukewarm reception in Britain and America on its release. In the UK, And Now the Screaming Starts! went out on a double bill with the American horror film, Dr Death, Seeker of Souls. Jonathan Rosenbaum of Monthly Film Bulletin praised Denys Coop's camerawork and the acting performances, yet felt the film never quite realised its potential. A. H. Weiler reviewing the work in The New York Times commended Cushing's contribution, deeming it superior to the rest of the cast's, although considered its plot contrived. Mark Burger, reviewing a home video release for the Winston-Salem Journal in 2002, similarly noted the strong cast though found the muddled screenplay led to a merely "watchable" film.