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      Scream of Fear

      Released Aug 22, 1961 1h 21m Horror List
      100% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 81% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Penny Appleby (Susan Strasberg) is a paralyzed young woman confined to a wheelchair. For the first time in ten years, she has returned to her father's home -- only to be told that he is away. Penny is suspicious of her stepmother's (Ann Todd) odd behavior, and is convinced that something is amiss. While searching around the house, Penny discovers her father's body, only to have it vanish before anyone else can see it. Is Penny's father really dead, or is she losing her mind? Read More Read Less

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      Keith Uhlich Time Out Susan Strasberg's doe-eyed dedication to her role and Douglas Slocombe's brilliant black-and-white cinematography counterbalance the film's increasingly ridiculous plot turns, which nonetheless have a crude, jaw-dropper effectiveness. Rated: 4/5 Jan 18, 2021 Full Review Howard Waldstein CBR What Taste of Fear – aka Scream of Fear, directed by Seth Holt – lacks in narrative obscurity, it makes up for in beautiful black-and-white photography, and committed performances from the leads, and Hammer staple, Christopher Lee. Jun 27, 2023 Full Review Alan Ng Film Threat If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, then Scream of Fear is a must-see as a reminder that you don’t need big Hollywood effects and a big budget to manipulate an audience’s emotions. Rated: 7.5/10 Feb 21, 2022 Full Review Alberto Abuín Espinof Holt's ghosts of the interior of the mind, and the game that he proposes to the spectator, to the one he leads wherever he wants, is much more honest and enjoyable. With traps included. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 22, 2019 Full Review C.H. Newell Father Son Holy Gore A grimly fun story that keeps you guessing against the backdrop of a Gothic estate, Taste of Fear also contains a measured performance from Susan Strasberg. Rated: 4.5/5 May 6, 2019 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid The story has more twists than a pretzel, and they're all just as delicious. Oct 16, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Kam P An excellent, on the edge of your seat movie with unrelenting suspense. The twist at the end of the movie was really unexpected. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/14/24 Full Review nick s Great camera work and pacing. Very good acting, particularly Susan Strasberg in the main role. An intriguing, competently directed film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review Ken R Scream Of Fear – Serves Up Classy Thrills (A No Spoilers Overview) Rarely has a Hammer film production looked so visually superb – as stylish thrillers go, it didn't get too much better than this. Master Director of Photography Douglas Slocombe (‘Jesus Christ Superstar '73) works perfectly with Director Seth Holt to create dazzling fluid camera moods, featuring classic compositions of their above-average cast - right down to the bit players. Master production designer Bernard Robinson (Shadow Of The Cat, also '61) and art director Thomas Goswell create the impressive sets and weave a spellbinding atmosphere. Jimmy Sangster's eerie story has more twists than many in this genre might otherwise contain, and keeps the audience guessing as it rolls out (yes, a couple of needless red herrings could have easily been done away with). Lovely American, Susan Strasburg (daughter of Lee Strasburg) is perfect as the helpless Wheelchair-bound victim, while the always reliable Ann Todd, along with Christopher Lee (less hammy than usual – in his own personal favourite) and Ronald Lewis add layers of suspicion to the mysterious proceedings. Prolific composer Clifton Parker's somewhat lush music score adds the final touch of class to this most suspenseful offering (maybe not one to watch on your own) The Columbia ‘studio' DVD9 transfer offers nice images and sound quality. A better than average Hammer outing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/03/21 Full Review Audience Member Scream of Fear is a brilliantly crafted thriller that deserves more attention. Perhaps it has flown under the radar for decades because it has a relatively unknown cast, aside from Christopher Lee in a supporting role. (He’s great as always, but a tad underused.) For whatever reason, this film has not garnered a large following and that is a shame, because it deserves some recognition. I love how this script builds the story, and creates tension. We are puzzling through things with the main character, and must work to piece together what exactly is going on, and who is involved. I’ll admit that I was fairly confident I had guessed the truth early in the film, because the plot does have some similarities to other movies I’ve seen in the past. Yet even though I was right about some things, there were still details that I didn’t know and that made for a good surprise in the end. Susan Strasberg is wonderful as Penny Appleby, and she brings a level of nuance that is sorely needed for this kind of role. She is great at playing the terror that comes from this ordeal she is going through, yet she brings more than just being a screaming damsel in distress. She also has smarts, and appears in control of some situations. Ronald Lewis is also great as the main confidante for the protagonist, and Ann Todd is perfect as the step-mother who appears nice at first but seems to have something to hide. Between the well-written story, and the great work from the cast, Scream of Fear is a marvelous film. It’s also one of those movies that is instantly worth watching a second time because the entire movie is recontextualized when you know all the mysteries. I would highly recommend everyone take a chance on Scream of Fear, it’s a winner. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 07/07/20 Full Review Audience Member A noirish thriller with crisp black and white cinematography, Scream of Fear (aka Taste of Fear) is creepy, atmospheric, and well made. Its well thought out soundscape includes intentional silence, soft nature sounds, and frightening, unexplained thumps and crashes, which draw the vulnerable protagonist toward scenes of horror - only then does the dramatic music strike, as well as the title scream. Almost completely free of blood and gore, Scream of Fear relies largely on technical artistry to create a chilling mood around a convoluted, twisting, giallo-like plot, which meanders toward an abrupt but fairly satisfying ending. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Gem of a flick. Satisfying. Not a boring moment. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Penny Appleby (Susan Strasberg) is a paralyzed young woman confined to a wheelchair. For the first time in ten years, she has returned to her father's home -- only to be told that he is away. Penny is suspicious of her stepmother's (Ann Todd) odd behavior, and is convinced that something is amiss. While searching around the house, Penny discovers her father's body, only to have it vanish before anyone else can see it. Is Penny's father really dead, or is she losing her mind?
      Director
      Seth Holt
      Producer
      Jimmy Sangster
      Screenwriter
      Jimmy Sangster
      Production Co
      Falcon Films
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 22, 1961, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 29, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 21m