Screaming Mimi (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

Screaming Mimi (1958)

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Two years before Hitchcock terrified audiences with the shower scene from Psycho, audiences recoiled at the shower scene in this dark and decidedly twisted psychological thriller. The tale of terror centers on an exotic dancer (Anita Ekberg) who is terrorized by a knife-wielding homicidal maniac. She is cut up but not seriously hurt as her step brother bursts into the bathroom and shoots the killer before he finishes. Unfortunately, the slasher escapes. Time passes, and while the physical wounds, heal, the psychic wounds continue to haunt the poor dancer, who must go to a psychiatrist for help. When a reporter hears about the case, he suspects the work of a serial killer and starts investigating. He finds that each of the killer's victims are given a horrifying sculpture of a woman screaming. Meanwhile, the girl's doctor finds himself falling in love with her.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
Columbia Pictures

Cast

Anita Ekberg
as Virginia Wilson
Philip Carey
as Bill Sweeney
Gypsy Rose Lee
as Joann "Gypsy"
Harry Townes
as Dr. Greenwood
Romney Brent
as Charlie Wilson
Alan Gifford
as Capt. Bline
Oliver McGowan
as Walter Krieg
Red Norvo
as Red Yost
Stephen R. Ellsworth
as Dr. Joseph Robinson
Vaughan Taylor
as Roal Reynarde
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Critic Reviews for Screaming Mimi

All Critics (3)

... a real cult item in the film noir filmography, weird and lurid and kitschy, but fascinating all the same.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Parallax View

The movie is discreet by modern standards, but 'Screaming Mimi' has so much sex on the brain the characters almost leak.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

This twisted thriller is a scream in all the wrong ways.

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Screaming Mimi

½

Hooty low budget affair isn't too hard to figure out but has the attractions of a stunning Anita Ekberg and one of the rare appearances of Gypsy Rose Lee.

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Super Reviewer

a real cult item in the film noir filmography, weird and lurid and kitschy, but fascinating all the same.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood
½

Inept mystery yarn with Anita Ekberg as a bonus for male viewers. Richard W. Nason, film critic for The New York Times, wrote, "It is a modern case of an artist's unintended voodoo over a girl who undergoes a traumatic experience. It is an effective film of its kind, thanks to some reflective dialogue by Robert Blees and a sense of suspense on the part of Gerd Oswald, the director. Anita Ekberg, who does more acting here than before, is the star. Gypsy Rose Lee and Phil Carey are also on the ball." She is a dancer who thinks she's committed murder. No, the script is murder. Cast Anita Ekberg as Virginia Wilson aka Yolanda Lange Philip Carey as Bill Sweeney Gypsy Rose Lee as Joann "Gypsy" Mapes Harry Townes as Dr. Greenwood aka Green Linda Cherney as Ketti Romney Brent as Charlie Weston Alan Gifford as Captain Bline Oliver McGowan as Walter Krieg Red Norvo as Red Yost Red Norvo Trio as Musical Ensemble Directed by Gerd Oswald Produced by Harry Joe Brown Robert Fellows Written by Story: Fredric Brown Screenplay: Robert Blees Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff Cinematography Burnett Guffey Editing by Gene Havlick Jerome Thoms Distributed by Columbia Pictures Release date(s) June 25, 1958 Running time 79 minutes

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