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And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)

Peter Cushing , Herbert Lom , Roy Ward Baker  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham, Ian Ogilvy
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Format: Color, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FC2GEQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "And Now the Screaming Starts!" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Roy Ward Baker and actress Stephanie Beacham
  • Commentary by actor Ian Ogilvy
  • Bios and liner notes
  • Trailers
  • Still gallery

Editorial Reviews

Set in 1795 England, And Now the Screaming Starts! tells the tale of blissful newlyweds Catherine (Stephanie Beacham) and Charles Fengriffen (Ian Ogilvy) who move into his ancestral family mansion. On their wedding night, Catherine is raped by a malevolent spirit. She is further plagued by a series of haunting visions involving an eyeless woodsman and a murderous disembodied hand. Can a savage act of depravity and violence committed by one of Charles’ ancestors be to blame? Charles fears that his bride is going insane and calls for Doctor Whittle (Patrick Magee). Unable to help Catherine overcome her visions, Dr. Whittle calls for assistance from a fellow practitioner, Dr. Pope (Peter Cushing), who uses reason and logic to combat what he assumes is a mental disorder. In time, Dr. Pope finds himself fighting a losing battle against the forces of the supernatural carrying out a bloody family curse. Directed by Roy Ward Baker (Asylum, The Vault of Horror, The Monster Club) and produced by Amicus stalwarts Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky, And Now the Screaming Starts! has been mastered in High Definition from 35mm vault materials.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Amicus gem gets the love it deserves April 20, 2006
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS!" AND THE FUN! July 27, 2006
"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.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The evil you did this day will be avenged." August 4, 2006
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While every family may have `skeletons in the closet', for most it's only a metaphor, alluding to some dark secret meant to be kept hidden from the general public, but that's not necessarily the case with the House of Fengriffen, as illustrated in the Amicus feature And Now the Screaming Starts (1973). Directed by Roy Ward Baker (Quatermass and the Pit, The Vampire Lovers), the film stars Stephanie Beacham (House of Mortal Sin, Inseminoid), Ian Ogilvy (From Beyond the Grave, Death Becomes Her), and Peter Cushing (At the Earth's Core, Star Wars). Also appearing is Geoffrey Whitehead (Kidnapped), Guy Rolfe (Ivanhoe, Mr. Sardonicus), Herbert Lom (Asylum, The Return of the Pink Panther), and Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange, Demons of the Mind).

The story, set in England in the year 1795, begins with the arrival of Catherine (Beecham), strained bodice and all, to the House of Fengriffen, a large and expansive estate in the countryside. Seems Catherine is set to marry Charles Fengriffen (Ogilvy), the last of his line, which she does, despite some peculiarities of the ethereal kind inherent within the house (i.e. a severed hand roaming the halls, windows that open on their own, etc.), all of which only Catherine can see (for now). On the couple's wedding night, while Catherine's preparing for the consummation the nuptials, she's attacked by a mysterious figure sans a hand (I think I saw it slinking about in the hallway), one who vanishes once Charles manages to break through the locked door.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars No goblin or swart fairy of the mine Hath hurtful power - WRONGGG....
I so wanted to give this fewer stars although it is a decent production, I'm not a fan of these 70s horror movies however THIS one is important because it addresses droit du... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dwight
Set in late 18th C. England, this tale of horror starring Ian Ogilvy and Stephanie Beacham looks like a cross between THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by LMG
4.0 out of 5 stars A 1970s period piece gem from Amicus
In 1795, Catherine [Stephanie Beacham] marries into the Fengriffin family, and comes to live at Fengriffin Hall with her husband Charles [Ian Ogilvy]. Read more
Published on February 22, 2011 by Channel KDK12
4.0 out of 5 stars "Huh? Wait... ok, got the earplugs out. What started, you say?"
At first glance, Catherine's arrival at the Fengriffin estate to be wed by its current heir Charles seems like a storybook ending. Read more
Published on December 8, 2010 by Dr. Nocturna
4.0 out of 5 stars And Now the Screaming Starts
A newlywed couple moves in to the family mansion, where the beautiful young Catherine succumbs to the home's malevolent spirits and quickly becomes impregnated by a mysterious... Read more
Published on November 30, 2010 by Carl Manes
5.0 out of 5 stars curses!
If you thought this DVD is about one of today`s screaming singers, you`re wrong. It`s a horror of a different kind. Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by Jay Holder
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEET REVENGE
I thought this movie was excellent, they sure don't make them like that anymore. For a movie that came out in the early 1970's, even though it is a horror movie it had a plot. Read more
Published on August 22, 2010 by K.L. CocKayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Gothic horror
I'm a great fan of Peter Cushing and the horror genre, and when I saw this title, I knew I had to watch it. Read more
Published on September 8, 2009 by Z Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Historical Gothic Horror From Amicus
I love historical gothic horror. "And Now The Screaming Starts!" is a fine example of this genre. It has many reasons for applauding it. Read more
Published on January 19, 2009 by J. B. Hoyos
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy!
I love this type of movie! Too bad they don't make movies like this anymore. What happened to making movies with castles and class? Great Buy!
Published on January 9, 2009 by Barry Kiefer
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