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1[[quoteright:310:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/and_now_the_screaming_starts_movie_poster.jpg]] ²[[caption-width-right:310:[[{{Tagline}} The dead hand that CRAWLS, KILLS and LIVES!]]]]²²''And Now the Screaming Starts!'' is a 1973 {{British|Films}} GothicHorror film from Creator/AmicusProductions, directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Creator/PeterCushing, Creator/HerbertLom, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beachman, and Ian Ogilvy.²²England, 1795: Catherine (Beacham) is a young woman engaged to marry Charles Fengriffen (Ogilvy). As she moves into his family's manor, she notices an evil presence in the portrait of his grandfather Henry (Lom). Her suspicions seemingly confirmed when a severed hand attacks her through the picture, Catherine and psychiatrist Dr Pope (Cushing) investigate the mystery of the Fengriffen family, discovering a dark haunting.²²-----²!!This film contains examples of:²²* AngryGuardDog: The Fengriffen estate has two Rottweilers chained near the front entrance. One breaks free and attacks Catherine.²* BigBad: [[spoiler:Silas the Woodsman]], the ghost haunting the estate.²* {{Curse}}: [[spoiler:There is one placed on the Fengriffen family, that the next virgin bride of a member will be violated, then the family will be destroyed, and anybody who tries to stop it will die.]]²* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The ghost succesfully impregnates Catherine with his child, driving Charles to madness and leaving Catherine a broken shell of a person.]]²* DroitDuSeigneur: [[spoiler:As it turns out, the haunting was caused by a curse placed on the house by a vengeful woodsman after Henry tried this.]]²* EvilHand: One of the ghost's primary manifestations is a severed hand that can move independently.²* ExcitedShowTitle²* EyeScream: The ghost has his eyes gouged out.²* {{Foreshadowing}}: The first thing Catherine asks about the house when she arrives is if there are ghosts there. [[spoiler:Not ten minutes later in movie time does the ghost show up.]]²* GoryDeadlyOverkillTitleOfFatalDeath²* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:In the backstory, Henry Fengriffen goes from debauched, sadistic rapist to desperate atoner.]]²* OccultDetective: The Fengriffen family doctor contacts a psychologist named Dr. Pope, who ends up investigating the haunting while trying to treat Catherine's distress.²* OurGhostsAreDifferent: A vengeful spirit is bound to Earth in order to make sure his {{curse}} is carried out by literally raping and impregnating a woman, with its offspring bearing all of the injuries the spirit endured while alive.²* RapeAsDrama: Of the supernatural kind.²* RevengeByProxy: [[spoiler:Despite the fact that it was Henry Fengriffen who raped the Woodsman's wife, he places a curse on the next virgin to marry into the family, dooming her to be raped.]]²* ShoutOut: Dr. Pope consults the ''Literature/MalleusMaleficarum'' multiple times during his investigation.²* VirginPower: Charles reads a passage about "true virginity" being a guard against the supernatural. Unfortunately, as his wife's pregnancy proves, neither is virginal.²-----

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