Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 24th, 2018
BluRay released: January 16th, 2018 (Amicus Collection Box Set), December 19th, 2017 (Individual Blu-ray Release)
Approximate running times: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Spanish
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $54.99 (Amicus Collection Box Set), $24.99 (And Now The Screaming Starts! – Individual Blu-ray Release)
Synopsis: Shortly after arriving at her husbands’ ancestral home, a bride named Catherine is raped by a ghost. And with each subsequent night, she is haunted by visions that further fracture her state of mind. Things are further complicated, after Catherine unexpectedly discovers that she is pregnant and that her husband is not the child’s father.
And Now the Screaming Starts! is a departure from Amicus’s previous horror films. Where the majority of their films where set in the present, this film is set in the past. This film’s main location Oakley Court has been featured in many films.
Without a doubt, the most impressive part of this film is its production design. It this low budget affair a more polished look. Structurally, And Now the Screaming Starts! is one of the few times that Amicus made a feature length story instead of their typical anthology releases.
And Now The Screaming Starts! was directed by Roy Ward Baker whose other notable films include, Don’t Bother to Knock, A Night to Remember, “The Avengers”, Quatermass and the Pit, The Vampire Lovers, Asylum and The Monster Club. His direction keeps things interesting, despite the films slow moving plot. The scares in this film lean more towards creepy then frightening.
Performance wise, the cast are very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being Stephanie Beacham (The Nightcomers, Dracula A.D. 1972) in the role of Catherine, the bride who is impregnated by a supernatural entity. Other performances of note include, the ever-reliable Peter Cushing (The Hound of the Baskervilles, Corruption) and Herbert Lom (99 Women, Mark of the Devil) in the role of one of Catherine’s husband’s descendants.
Though, the plot is not without its flaws, like how Catherine recovers from being raped on her wedding night, only to jump into bed with her husband right away. This film far more positives, than negatives. With it’s best scenes being the with Herbert Lom’s character. Needless to say, he steals every moment he is in with his maniacal flair. Overall And Now the Screaming Starts! is an entertaining and underrated film that should be held in the same regard as Hammers classic Gothic horror films.
And Now The Screaming Starts! comes on a 50 GB dual layer (33.9 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer for this release been restored and remastered in 4k. Black levels remain strong throughout, grain remains intact and the film’s soft-focus cinematography is faithfully rendered. And when compared to this film’s previous home video releases, this new transfer is a substantial upgrade.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and a Dolby Digital mono mix in Spanish. The English audio mix sounds, clean, clear, balanced and robust, when it needs too. Included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a radio spot (54 seconds), a trailer for the film (58 seconds), a locations featurette titled The Haunted History of Oakley Court (15 minutes 13 seconds), a featurette titled Denis Meikle Recalls And Now The Screaming Starts (4 minutes 25 seconds) an archival audio interview with actor Peter Cushing conducted by Denis Meikle (12 minutes 6 seconds), an audio commentary with director Roy Ward Baker and actress Stephanie Beacham and an audio commentary with actor Ian Ogilvy.
Topics discussed in the featurette titled Denis Meikle Recalls And Now The Screaming Starts include, the novella that the film was adapted from and how the novella differs from the film and Peter Cushing.
Topics discussed in the audio interview with Peter Cushing include, his thoughts about Hammer Films and Amicus Productions, actors being typecast and the Frankenstein films that he made for Hammer Films.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary with Roy Ward Baker and Stephanie Beacham include, onset memories, the cast, the visuals and their thoughts about key moments. Roy Ward Baker also discusses, how this film differs from the films that he made for Hammer Films and background information about other films that he directed.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary with Ian Ogilvy include, locations (Oakley Court / Shepperton Studios), Roy Ward Baker, Stephanie Beacham, Peter Cushing, onset memories, other production related topics, director Michael Reeves and information about their three collaborations.
And Now The Screaming Starts! is also part of a box set entitled The Amicus Collection and this release comes with a fourth disc entitled The Vault of Amicus. Extras on this disc include, Phil Nutman’s audio Interview with Milton Subotsky (3 hours I minute 16 seconds) and Jonathan Sothcott’s audio Interview with Max Rosenberg (47 minutes 28 seconds). Included with these two extras are stills and posters.
Topics discussed in the interview with Milton Subotsky include, the origins of Amicus, background information about the majority of Amicus’s films and the demise of Amicus. It should be noted that there is a tape missing from this conversation and because of this, Vault of Horror and And Now the Screaming Starts!, are not discussed.
Topics discussed in the interview with Max Rosenberg include, background information about the majority of Amicus’s films and Milton Subotsky.
Other extras include, these trailers, Horror Hotel (The City of the Dead), Ring-A-Ding Rhythm (It’s Trad, Dad!), Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, Dr. Who and the Daleks, The Skull, Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., The Psychopath, The Deadly Bees, Torture Garden, Danger Route, They Came from Beyond Space, The Terrornauts, The Birthday Party, Thank You All Very Much (A Touch of Love), Scream and Scream Again, The Mind of Mr. Soames, The House That Dripped Blood, I, Monster, What Became of Jack and Jill?, Asylum, Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror, And Now the Screaming Starts!, From Beyond the Grave, Madhouse, The Beast Must Die, The Land That Time Forgot, At the Earth’s Core, The People That Time Forgot, The Uncanny and The Monster Club. These trailers can be viewed in sequence or separately and included with these trailers is an audio commentary with British Horror film writers Kim Newman & David Flint.
Rounding out the extras is a T.V. spot for The Creatures (From Beyond the Grave), Torture Garden, The People That Time Forgot, Vault of Horror, The Skull, Asylum and Tales from the Crypt.
Overall And Now The Screaming Starts! gets a solid release from Severin Films.
Note: This film is available as part of The Amicus Collection and individual Blu-ray release.