Die Screaming, Marianne Reviews
A very simple thriller about a girl who has people trying to kill her.
Susan George was good in her first film.
It went by quickly and never really felt boring.
Though I will be honest and say that I was expecting a little bit more out of this movie because I thought most of Pete Walker's movie were supposed to be exploitation films and this was a very basic thriller.
It's watchable enough, but I was just in the mood for something different.
Not just *a* Judge, but 'The Judge' - Leo Genn's character who is continually accorded the definite article by sundry friends and enemies - who are largely interchangeable. This melodrama, with an accent on corrupt authority figures, bears some resemblance to Pete Walker's later baroque horrors. But the formula isn't developed as of yet - and he had yet to work with that wag, David McGillivray.
* I was too amused playing with the comma in the title to actually purchase this for a scant two dollars at the flea market. I have lost!
I'd like the title better if it was "Die, Screaming Marianne.")
After making a series of rather woeful British sex "comedies", Pete Walker entered into the horror genre and gained notoriety throughout the 1970s for his often religious themed schockers. Whilst this particular title isn't as gory or sleazy as his later films, it's an accessible one nonetheless. However, the uneven pacing and lack of any significant action makes this a difficult sell to those who enjoy a good thriller but for die-hard fans of Ms George's this proves an ideal showcase for her "girl-next-door" charms.
Not the best Walker film by a long shot but if you start here and work forward you'll probably gain a better appreciation for a former stalwart of British horror. Worth a rent at least.