10/19/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #19 – Scream and Scream Again.

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I’ve been pretty safe for the past few picks so I decided to be a little wacky with today’s choice. Scream and Scream Again is a certifiably insane film. InSANE. While you’re watching it, you honestly have no clue what is happening. There appears to be three concurrent storylines that at first seem to have absolutely nothing to do with each other. There’s a story of the serial killer that drains the blood of his female victims. There’s a story about a mysterious Russian man on an evil mission who can kill people simply by pinching their shoulders. There’s a story about people being kidnapped and their limbs being stolen one by one (that poor jogger.) Oh, and did I mention the weird scientist with a large vat of acid on his property for some reason? Seriously, if this sounds bizarre, it’s because it is. Bizarre as all hell. Throw in a poppy soundtrack that makes absolutely no sense. Add some club scenes that feel lifted straight from an Austin Powers movie. Well, actually a LOT of this movie seems straight out of an Austin Powers movie. Insert what just might be the single longest and most inept car chase, then foot chase, ever committed to film. Add all of this insanity, plus a ton other bizarre things, and you’ve got what is either a complete mess of a film, or a frenetic delight that’s never boring and plays around nicely in late 60’s Britain. I choose the latter. I will admit that this film isn’t straight horror per se, but more like a disturbingly twisted (especially for the time period) crime movie. But boy oh boy does it touch on horror in a big way. Not only are the themes and the expose pretty horrific (severed limb theft is always pretty scary), but it is only one of two movies where Vincent Price, Christopher Lee AND Peter Cushing all appear. Albeit they all have smallish roles (especially Cushing), but still it’s fantastic to see them all on the same screen. Look, I told you I was being a little wacky with today’s choice. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you enjoy bonkers British genre cinema from the late 60’s, early 70’s, definitely put Scream and Scream Again in your queue.

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