History Film / TheScreamingSkull

10th Jul '16 1:22:05 AM Ghidra15
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This 1958 American horror film was directed by Alex Nicol and originally released by Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures in a double-feature package with ''Film/TerrorFromTheYear5000''. For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode, please visit [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E12TheScreamingSkull the Recap page]].

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This 1958 American horror film was directed by Alex Nicol and originally released by Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures in a double-feature package with ''Film/TerrorFromTheYear5000''. For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode, please visit the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E12TheScreamingSkull the Recap page]].
10th Jul '16 1:21:26 AM Ghidra15
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This 1958 American horror film was directed by Alex Nicol and originally released by Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures in a double-feature package with ''Film/TerrorFromTheYear5000''.

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This 1958 American horror film was directed by Alex Nicol and originally released by Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures in a double-feature package with ''Film/TerrorFromTheYear5000''. For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode, please visit [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E12TheScreamingSkull the Recap page]].
29th Jun '16 10:35:29 PM PaulA
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->'''Narrator:''' Therefore, its producers feel they must assure free burial services to anyone who dies of fright while seeing ''The Screaming Skull''.

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->'''Narrator:''' '''Narrator:''' Therefore, its producers feel they must assure free burial services to anyone who dies of fright while seeing ''The Screaming Skull''.
29th Jun '16 10:34:17 PM PaulA
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->'''Narrator:''' ''The Screaming Skull'' is a motion picture that reaches its climax in shocking horror.
->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike Nelson]]:''' But we cut that.
->'''Narrator:''' Its impact is so terrifying that it may have an unforeseen effect...it may kill you.
->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Tom Servo]]:''' If you watch it in front of a moving bus.
->''[The camera pans over a coffin with a "Reserved For You" sign inside]''

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->'''Narrator:''' ''The Screaming Skull'' is a motion picture that reaches its climax in shocking horror.
->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike Nelson]]:''' But we cut that.
->'''Narrator:'''
horror. Its impact is so terrifying that it may have an unforeseen effect...it may kill you.
->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Tom Servo]]:''' If you watch it in front of a moving bus.
->''[The
you.\\
''[The
camera pans over a coffin with a "Reserved For You" sign inside]''inside]''\\



->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Crow]]:''' Offer void in Utah, Florida and Arizona. Taxes and acquisition fee not included. Must take delivery of dealer's stock.
-->-- The film's OpeningMonologue, more or less

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->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Crow]]:''' Offer void in Utah, Florida and Arizona. Taxes and acquisition fee not included. Must take delivery of dealer's stock.
-->-- The film's OpeningMonologue, more or less
OpeningMonologue



This 1958 American horror film was directed by Alex Nicol and originally released by Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures in a double-feature package with ''Film/TerrorFromTheYear5000''. A cross between Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'' and George Cukor's ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'', it would be a mere footnote were it not for its appearance (along with the WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}} short ''WesternAnimation/RobotRumpus'') in [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E12TheScreamingSkull episode #912]] of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.

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This 1958 American horror film was directed by Alex Nicol and originally released by Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures in a double-feature package with ''Film/TerrorFromTheYear5000''. A cross between Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'' and George Cukor's ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'', it would be a mere footnote were it not for its appearance (along with the WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}} short ''WesternAnimation/RobotRumpus'') in [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E12TheScreamingSkull episode #912]] of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.



* AlasPoorYorick: "She ''[[IncrediblyLamePun threw]]'' him well!"

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* AlasPoorYorick: "She ''[[IncrediblyLamePun threw]]'' him well!"AlasPoorYorick



* CoolCar: "Yes, Shocking Horror rides in style in your 1953 Mercedes!"

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* CoolCar: "Yes, Shocking Horror rides in style in your 1953 Mercedes!"CoolCar



-->'''Eric:''' That's where Mickey keeps his gardening things.
-->'''Jenni:''' Who's Mickey?
-->'''Eric:''' (''without a trace of annoyance'') The gardener.
-->'''Crow:''' As previously implied.

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-->'''Eric:''' That's where Mickey keeps his gardening things.
-->'''Jenni:'''
things.\\
'''Jenni:'''
Who's Mickey?
-->'''Eric:''' (''without
Mickey?\\
'''Eric:''' ''[without
a trace of annoyance'') annoyance]'' The gardener.
-->'''Crow:''' As previously implied.
gardener.



* JumpCut: An unintentional example: Most prints, including the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' version, contain a really bad splice from the scene where Jenni approaches the banging window to running toward Eric's arms. In between all that was when she locked the window and became frightened by a scary-looking portrait of a woman
-->'''Servo''': Oh, the film broke and it was horrible!

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* JumpCut: An unintentional example: Most prints, including the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' version, prints contain a really bad splice from the scene where Jenni approaches the banging window to running toward Eric's arms. In between all that was when she locked the window and became frightened by a scary-looking portrait of a woman
-->'''Servo''': Oh, the film broke and it was horrible!
woman.



* LeaveTheCameraRunning: "Uh, movie? Do you need a push or something?"

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* LeaveTheCameraRunning: "Uh, movie? Do you need a push or something?"LeaveTheCameraRunning



-->'''Eric:''' It's rather forbidding now, I suppose, empty like this. But it was usually this way. Shortly after Marian and I were married, she removed all the furniture her parents had left her. "This is our home," she used to say. "We must choose everything carefully."
-->'''Crow:''' Is he reading from a report?
-->'''Eric:''' She didn't get very far before she died. But now that you're here, everything will be lovely again.
-->'''Mike:''' And that ends my narration.

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-->'''Eric:''' It's rather forbidding now, I suppose, empty like this. But it was usually this way. Shortly after Marian and I were married, she removed all the furniture her parents had left her. "This is our home," she used to say. "We must choose everything carefully."
-->'''Crow:''' Is he reading from a report?
-->'''Eric:'''
" She didn't get very far before she died. But now that you're here, everything will be lovely again.
-->'''Mike:''' And that ends my narration.
again.



* RedHerring: Why, the creepy, child-like gardener the movie constantly shoves into your face at every opportunity and who does not profit even slightly from driving Jenni insane or killing his childhood friend Marian is not, in fact, at all responsible for the events of this film. [[SarcasmMode Gasp!]]
** Do you need a motive if you're AxeCrazy?
** No, but Mickey is plain old, harmless crazy. He never hurts or threatens anyone.

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* RedHerring: Why, the creepy, child-like gardener the movie constantly shoves into your face at every opportunity and who does not profit even slightly from driving Jenni insane or killing his childhood friend Marian is not, in fact, at all responsible for the events of this film. [[SarcasmMode Gasp!]]\n** Do you need a motive if you're AxeCrazy?\n** No, but Mickey is plain old, harmless crazy. He never hurts or threatens anyone.



* ScreamingWoman: "I think the title was supposed to be 'Screaming, ''semicolon'', Skull.'"
* SoundtrackDissonance: "Yeah, when you think 'shocking horror,' you think German oomp-pah music."
** Creator/StanleyKubrick thought it was. The score is Ernest Gold's adaptation of "Dies Irae" (Day of Wrath) theme from the fifth movement (Dream of a Witches' Sabbath) of Music/HectorBerlioz's ''Symphonie Fantastique'', which was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mzNO6MzFEg the opening theme]] to ''Film/TheShining''. For bonus points, Gold won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for ''Exodus'' two years later.
** The music in the earlier parts of the film isn't so bad, but the music at the supposedly shocking climax, maybe just due to technical ineptitude, ends up sounding like the music to some slapstick cartoon. It doesn't help that it accompanies scenes like Eric falling down goofily and skulls bouncing around after him. The [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] treatment even lampshades this.
--->'''Mike:''' It's "WesternAnimation/BugsBunny sneaking up" music.

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* ScreamingWoman: "I think the title was supposed to be 'Screaming, ''semicolon'', Skull.'"
ScreamingWoman
* SoundtrackDissonance: "Yeah, when you think 'shocking horror,' you think German oomp-pah music."
** Creator/StanleyKubrick thought it was. The score is Ernest Gold's adaptation of "Dies Irae" (Day of Wrath) theme from the fifth movement (Dream of a Witches' Sabbath) of Music/HectorBerlioz's ''Symphonie Fantastique'', which was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mzNO6MzFEg the opening theme]] to ''Film/TheShining''. For bonus points, Gold won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for ''Exodus'' two years later.
**
The music in the earlier parts of the film isn't so bad, but the music at the supposedly shocking climax, maybe just due to technical ineptitude, ends up sounding like the music to some slapstick cartoon. It doesn't help that it accompanies scenes like Eric falling down goofily and skulls bouncing around after him. The [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] treatment even lampshades this.\n--->'''Mike:''' It's "WesternAnimation/BugsBunny sneaking up" music.
2nd May '16 5:48:49 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* TheTheTitle
19th Apr '16 10:39:48 AM Berrenta
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* GetOnWithItAlready: At least a third of the film is Jenni listening to someone knocking at the door without opening it.



* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey It's That Gal]]: Peggy Webber, who played the nervous, panicky Jenni, played a nervous, panicky mother in ''Film/TheSpaceChildren''.
** Peggy Webber was also one of Jack Webb's group of favored actors on ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''. The only woman who appeared more on that show was Virginia Gregg.
24th Mar '16 1:27:27 PM eroock
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-->-- the film's OpeningNarration, more or less

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-->-- the The film's OpeningNarration, OpeningMonologue, more or less
28th Dec '15 11:48:37 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BigBad: Eric Whitlock, TheBluebeard and master of {{Gaslighting}}.
30th Aug '15 6:52:28 PM nombretomado
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* JumpCut: An unintentional example: Most prints, including the ''MST3K'' version, contain a really bad splice from the scene where Jenni approaches the banging window to running toward Eric's arms. In between all that was when she locked the window and became frightened by a scary-looking portrait of a woman

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* JumpCut: An unintentional example: Most prints, including the ''MST3K'' ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' version, contain a really bad splice from the scene where Jenni approaches the banging window to running toward Eric's arms. In between all that was when she locked the window and became frightened by a scary-looking portrait of a woman



** The music in the earlier parts of the film isn't so bad, but the music at the supposedly shocking climax, maybe just due to technical ineptitude, ends up sounding like the music to some slapstick cartoon. It doesn't help that it accompanies scenes like Eric falling down goofily and skulls bouncing around after him. The MST3K treatment even lampshades this.

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** The music in the earlier parts of the film isn't so bad, but the music at the supposedly shocking climax, maybe just due to technical ineptitude, ends up sounding like the music to some slapstick cartoon. It doesn't help that it accompanies scenes like Eric falling down goofily and skulls bouncing around after him. The MST3K [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] treatment even lampshades this.
21st Jul '15 2:56:40 PM creepingdeath
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* {{Fanservice}}: Gratuitous shots of Jenni stripping down to her undergarments. Unfortunately...
** Your mileage may vary. Peggy Webber has a ''phenomenal'' body. The degree of her hotness has been a subject of contentious debate in MST3K fandom.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Gratuitous shots of Jenni stripping down to her undergarments. Unfortunately...
** Your mileage may vary. Peggy Webber has a ''phenomenal'' body. The degree of her hotness has been a subject of contentious debate in MST3K fandom.
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