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And Now the Screaming Starts (1973)




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This creepy, atmospheric horror film from England's Amicus Productions dispenses with much of the tongue-in-cheek presentation of their popular '70s horror anthologies (such as Asylum and Dr. Terror's House of Horrors) in favor of a more adult-oriented approach. The story begins in the 18th century, as a young stable hand tries to prevent nobleman Fengriffen (Herbert Lom) from raping a young servant girl -- who happens to be the stable hand's wife -- and for this transgression has his hand lopped off. Flash forward to the present, where Fengriffen's ancestor (Ian Ogilvy) and his wife (Stephanie Beacham), now living on the ancestral estate, are haunted by the servant's vengeful spirit, as well as the severed hand itself, which roams the gloomy corridors of the mansion. Most video versions are taken from the TV print, which is missing some scenes of violence and nudity. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi


Peter Cushing
as Dr. Pope
Herbert Lom
as Henry Fengriffen
Patrick Magee
as Dr. Whittle
Geoffrey Whitehead
as Silas Jr. / Silas Sr.
Ian Ogilvy
as Charles Fengriffen
Stephanie Beacham
as Catherine Fengriffen
Guy Rolfe
as Maitland
Janet Key
as Bridget
Gillian Lind
as Aunt Edith
Lloyd Lamble
as Sir John Westcliffe
Norman Mitchell
as Constable
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Critic Reviews for And Now the Screaming Starts

All Critics (5)

A disappointing grisly ghost story.

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film is suprisingly bloodless, considering the fact that it received an R rating, and despite the fact that a demon rape is part of the storyline, there's precious little skin.

Full Review… | August 4, 2008

Sometimes slow, but always atmospheric, And Now The Screaming Starts turns out to be a worthwhile trifle for a lazy afternoon in front of the tube.

July 12, 2006

Slow moving but frequently lurid.

Full Review… | June 19, 2006
Slant Magazine

Let's give this solid little horror flick a HAND!

April 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for And Now the Screaming Starts


Rather than the portmanteau films that Amicus were known for in the early 70's here they try to ape Hammer and create their own gothic horror. Unfortunately there is little that is actually horrific here aside from a few shock moments and the whole thing feels a bit laboured. The cast are pretty strong and do their best with the material but you kind of wish the whole thing had been compresses into a short story and thrown into another portmanteau film. I think I'll stick with 'Asylum' and 'Vault of Horror' in the future.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer

Weird movie. I struggled watching this movie. The only part I liked was when he tells the legend to Dr. Pope. Wouldn't watch it again though unless there was absolutely nothing else.

Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres

This popped up again from the To-Watch Pile and I can happily say that it holds up really well. Great looking film, great sets, nice atmosphere. Nicely atmospheric ghost story that I have to admit I dozed through a short portion of. I enjoyed the film and I think the dozing reflected how tired I was and not necessarily the quality of the film. Well worth a look, give it a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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