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Movie Review: The Screaming Skull is Coming for You!

Updated on September 11, 2015

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The Screaming Skull

Plot Overview: The young bride moved in with her new husband to his big, old house. She had a history of depression and mental illness and was intimidated by a portrait of her husband's first wife. Not to give it away, but there's a confusion on what is real and what is not. Other characters are a minister and his wife who are sympathetic to the wife, and an odd young gardener with a mod haircut who worshipped the first wife who died.

My Grownup Conclusion: If you like good-bad horror movies you'll like this.

Hope you enjoyed the reviews and my story. If you become intrigued, I dare you to get this movie and watch it in the dark, in the night with popcorn and a pal. Make sure there is space behind the couch for hiding.

Note: I can't believe I still have the drawings! Found them in my childhood papers. See below.

The Following Story is True

"Oooooh! The screaming skull is coming to GET YOU!!," said my 8 year old self to my 6 year old sister as we watched the Screaming Skull movie while peeking out from behind the couch. Consequently, this made her go tell Mom and I justifiably got in TROUBLE. Actually my young uncle who was 9 and visiting us at the time (my mom's baby brother) was teasing her too and got in trouble as well. Evil kid minds think alike.

We later made a trip to a family reunion at the old farmhouse in Virginia and stayed a wonderful, fun week. One night, my uncle and I started teasing my sister about screaming skulls again during the spooky, quiet country twilight. Now we got in even BIGGER TROUBLE. At the end of our punishment (a-hem, the old fashioned way), my parents had us draw pictures of the whole family happy and healthy with the screaming skulls being buried by a bulldozer. We presented it to my little sister, signed a truce, and told her the screaming skull is gone and will bother her no more. See the pictures below.

Review by the current me: I saw the film again this year. Yes, the effects are pretty bad. There's a bubbling pond of dry ice with a skull bobbing around. The skull showing up at the house scares the living daylights out of the heroine of the story. Later in the move, I could almost see the prop wheels for the mannequin with a skull face that's wearing a hat and long dress. It turns into a skull in the air, starts screaming like a banshee and chases the husband. But it still was fun to watch.

Review by the 8 year old me (based on my memories): This is a very scary movie. The skull lady coming out of the pond is really scary. She flies so fast through the air that you can't get away. She looks like she's coming out of the TV. The husband seems kind of mean. The wife is a nice lady but seems very weak. The gardener was weird but kind of cute and I think he is the Russian guy in the Man from U.N.C.L.E show [he wasn't]. I would give this a good rating but watch it during the day.


The Movie

Screaming Skull
Screaming Skull

So bad its good!

 

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I can't believe I still had this in my childhood papers. I think this movie made a real impression on me.I think it was a good punishment for us to draw a happy ending because it helped stir empathy in us. Notice the girl skull with a bow on one hair.Here I empowered my sister and she and my young uncle and I signed a unifying truce.
I can't believe I still had this in my childhood papers. I think this movie made a real impression on me.
I can't believe I still had this in my childhood papers. I think this movie made a real impression on me. | Source
I think it was a good punishment for us to draw a happy ending because it helped stir empathy in us. Notice the girl skull with a bow on one hair.
I think it was a good punishment for us to draw a happy ending because it helped stir empathy in us. Notice the girl skull with a bow on one hair. | Source
Here I empowered my sister and she and my young uncle and I signed a unifying truce.
Here I empowered my sister and she and my young uncle and I signed a unifying truce. | Source

Reflections on Horror

Our concept of 'scary' in film has evolved from the earlier days of cinema. What scared me as a child doesn't have the same impact to my own children. They saw a part of The Screaming Skull and basically laughed. Also, I think, a lot of the thrillers that ended up on the TV's of the sixties, were the cheaper movies and not as well made. My teens don't have the patience to wade through these movies.

I've noticed the modern pacing is different too. Many modern films seem all action. Sometimes there is lack of character development and realistic dialogue, causing me to lose interest. Some noted exceptions are films by Christopher Nolan and Wes Anderson.

On the other hand, some of the old classics like Frankenstein and Dracula cause my kids to lose interest by the slow rudimentary pacing. They are missing out because these films succeed where The Giant Leach Woman fails. They tell a great story.



The trailer with a certificate of promise to cover burial costs if you die of fright during the movie.

Mystery Science Theater riffs on the horror movie The Screaming Skull.

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      My sister reminded me that there was a TV movie remake in the seventies of Screaming Skull and it WAS with David McCallum (Ilya from Man From U.N.C.L.E)!

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @Nightcat: Thank you so much Nightcat. I can't get enough of movies like this.

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      Wonderful review of one of my all time favorite films! Well done! :)