Carry On Screaming Film Review
Dr Orlando Watt
Harry H. Corbett
Detective Sergeant Bung
Detective Constable Slobotham
Producer: Peter Rogers
Director: Gerald Thomas
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins
Distributed by: Pathe Distribution
Carry On Screaming is the 12th film in the Carry On series of films. Shot in Pinewood Studios, and also on location in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire in England, this is one of my favourite Carry On films. The film starts with Albert Potter and Doris Mann in the woods. They are dating each other and are in the woods getting all romantic. When Doris screams, she swears she can hear someone in the woods, but Albert dismisses the idea, telling her there's no one there. But Doris is abducted by Oddbod the monster. Albert can't understand what has happened so goes to the police to report his missing girlfriend.
When he gets to the Police Station he reports the incident to Detective Constable Slobotham, who in turn tells his boss Detective Sergeant Sidney Bung. The 3 of them head off into the woods, and Albert tells them what happened. Their investigation leads them to a house on Aviary Avenue. This is a large, somewhat Gothic style house which is run by Dr Orlando Watt and his sister Valena Watt. The 2 Policemen and Albert are greeted at the door by the Butler, who is called Sockett. He informs them that his master is dead. But when they meet the pale Dr Watt, it leaves them confused. He seems very much alive! Actually, he's un-dead.
It is up to the 2 detectives to decipher what has happened to Doris. Meanwhile, Albert sees a mannequin in a shop that looks very much like his girlfriend. Can this in anyway be connected with the Watt's? With all the strange goings on in the house and in their laboratory, this is indeed a very strange house.
As is common with the Carry On films, this is full of laughs and hilarity. There's plenty of gags and innuendo's in the film.and it looks like they have a lot of fun making this film. This is definitely a slap-stick comedy and the Carry On cast once again make a film that will have everyone laughing.
I just love the Carry On films, and Carry On Screaming doesn't disappoint. Although it has a horror element to it, it's very light hearted and has plenty of gags and laughs in it. I love the storyline of the Frankenstein style monsters and the mannequins they bring back to life. Kenneth Williams is of course on top form once again with his acting and laugh out loud moments. Although this film was made in 1966, it is shot in colour. Carry On Screaming is really a spoof of the Hammer Horror films from the 60's.
The funniest bit for me was when you see Dr Watts (Kenneth Williams) sinking into a big cauldron of green liquid shouting "Frying tonight!" If you're a fan of the Carry On films and you've not seen this one yet, then I would highly recommend it.
[on being told Oddbod's finger is missing] I hope he didn't leave it anywhere embarassing! That's the trouble with my regeneration process, it makes everything so brittle. You never know what's going to drop off next.— Dr Watt
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