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The Screaming Skull (1958)
Directed by Alex Nicol
(originally posted here: http://forums.tcm.co...ng-skull-1958/)
The producers promise to pay for your burial if you die of fright during this film. They make no such guarantee if you die laughing.
Married couple John Hudson and Peggy Webber move into Hudson's house. Hudson is on his second wife (no pun intended). His first died "accidentally." Webber is recovering from a stay in a mental hospital. She has money, and large breasts. Shortly after moving in, she hears strange noises; footsteps, a screeching sound, a Gregorian Chant, and that woman who always sings "woo ...ooh ...ooh" in these horror films. Also, a skull appears in a cupboard. Is she going mad? Or is someone trying to drive her crazy (say, her husband, for instance)? There are only three other people in the cast; a reverend, his wife, and Mickey the Gardener, who is played by the film's director, Alex Nicol. Mickey is one sandwich short of a picnic, if you will. Mathematically, that means his IQ is at least three standard deviations below the mean.
Hudson's brother William played the philandering husband "Harry" in Attack of the 50-Foot Woman. Apparently, scumbagness runs in the family.
Most of the scenes are filmed in the dark, and the sound is garbled, so you never can really tell just how bad this thing is. It is difficult to believe that Ernest Gold scored this film. I guess Otto Preminger never found out before he gave Gold the Exodus gig.
The entire cast of The Screaming Skull is captured in this still.
Let's see somebody try that with Spartacus.
Alex Nicol surrounded by cracked pots. The symbolism escapes me.
Peggy Webber waits for the lights to go on and the Prilosec to kick in.
Russ Conway announces the Easter Egg hunt is ready to get underway.
John Hudson heads to the Batcave.
Peggy Webber auditions for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof .
while John Hudson tries his luck at Hamlet.
Peggy Webber realizes she should have read the warning label before consuming
all that Olestra.