And Now the Screaming Starts
By Marcus Pan
An old curse, a new wife and
a splendid castle-like mansion give And Now the Screaming Starts an old
world feel in the genre of spook masterpieces. Everything that defined the
haunted house style story of old is here spooky portraits hanging on the
walls of the old family estate, a spooky mysterious woodsman, severed body
parts and ghosts galore!
When Charles Fengriffen brings his new wife, Catherine, home
to his family estate in the foothills of England (circa 1795), an old gypsy
like curse placed on Charles grandfather comes to roost as well. A nasty old
man with a nasty disposition and inability for remorse, his grandfathers
actions breed a malevolence that follows his family until the first
virgin bride is brought to the old manor. Catherines fate is,
as expected, being the first virgin bride since the time of her husbands
The visit to Catherines wedding bed of an old and
angry spirit ushers in the final moments of the curse, following harrowing
episodes of ghostly visits, horrible sights and the search by Catherine to
discover the truth about the curse that had, up until now, remained secreted in
the Fengriffen family books with Charles disbelieving and others not telling
due to fear of the spirit.
And Now the Screaming Starts was a good film,
combining elements of splatter horror and Night of the Living Dead style
grotesquerie. It also retains an old world flavor without becoming too
outdated, bringing out some classic elements of haunted mansion storytelling.
Well directed and not nearly as b-cult level as other Dark Sky offerings,
And Now the Screaming Starts is a good addition to any classic horror
Dark Sky Films
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