SCREAM, BABY, SCREAM (1969)
Article #873 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-5-2003
Posting Date: 1-2-2004
Directed by Joseph Adler
Featuring Ross Harris, Eugenie Wingate, Chris Martell
An artist kidnaps people and uses drugs and surgery to deform so he can then paint them.
Ten thoughts on this one.
1) Don’t confuse this one with KILL, BABY, KILL. Though I’ve never seen that one, I know for sure Bava had nothing to do with this one.
2) The videocassette package shows an insane bearded guy killing a woman with an axe. No such scene appears in the film.
3) The package also dares me not to scream. If it had dared me not to snooze, it might have won the bet.
4) Do you know what an LSD drug trip is like? According to this movie, it allows you to see film in double exposure and then you imagine you take the place of the animals in the zoo. I always knew drugs were overrated.
5) Most of the hideously mutated creatures in this movie consist of men able to grimace.
6) The rest of the hideously mutated creatures in this movie use makeup, but not much of it; the budget must have only allowed them to buy two eggs of silly putty.
7) The main villain looks sort of like a cross between Jack Palance and Charlton Heston with Criswell’s hair. I’ll leave it to you do decide how scary that is.
8) The last two movies I saw were in Spanish with no subtitles. The next two will probably be in Spanish with no subtitles. This one is English, but I found myself somehow wishing this one were in Spanish without subtitles. Well, you can’t have everything.
9) Considering how bad the sound is in this movie, it probably wouldn’t have made any difference if it had been in Spanish without subtitles.
10) This movie made me miss the subtleties and nuances of Ray Dennis Steckler’s THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES THAT STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES?!! Really. However, it didn’t make me miss the movies of Herschell Gordon Lewis. That should you give you some idea of its quality.
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