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Trail of the Screaming Forehead (Director's Cut) [DVD]

Fay Masterson , Daniel Roebuck , Larry Blamire    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Fay Masterson, Daniel Roebuck, Jennifer Blaire, Susan McConnell, Brian Howe
  • Directors: Larry Blamire
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 4 Digital
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004N5UTUO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,489 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Terror strikes the sleepy suburb of Longhead Bay when creeping alien foreheads begin attaching themselves to local townspeople and seizing their very souls - launching a vast invasion from Outer Space!
By a remarkable coincidence, sexy, arrogant scientist Sheila Bexter begins testing her theory that the forehead - not the brain - is the seat of all human knowledge. She formulates a human extract and convinces gullible colleague Dr. Phillip Latham that with enough Foreheadazine he can become the most brilliant scientist in the world! Catastrophe reigns when the ill-fated experiment goes horribly, horribly wrong while the entire town is being taken over by sinister brow-like nightmares in a terrifying cataclysm of Corpses and Chaos!
Once again, Larry Blamire and his fabulous stock company of actors have brought forth a loving, spot-on parody of a classic American genre, presented in blazing colour and the miracle of CraniaScope, and featuring genuine stop-motion animation plus cameos by some beloved sci-fi icons. You don't need to be the smartest man in town to know this is a must-have!

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Aesthetically and thematically, director Larry Blamire's outrageous camp-fest Trail of the Screaming Forehead resuscitates and satirizes bottom-of-the-barrel 1950s sci-fi movies such as X the Unknown and The Creeping Terror. Blamire's tale revolves around the scientific discovery that foreheads (and not brains) house human intelligence. In a misguided attempt to prove this axiom, scientist Dr. Sheila Bexter (Fay Masterson) injects a serum called "Foreheadazine" into the cranium of her colleague, Dr. Phillip Latham (Andrew Parks) - whose head rapidly balloons to the size of a watermelon. Meanwhile, a spaceship packed with "furrowed brows" crash-lands on Earth, and the brows promptly attach themselves to every human in sight. To complicate matters, dozens of locals also get wind of the scientists' project and decide to investigate; before long, the entire seaside community is swarming with addicts of the Foreheadazine drug, a problem that doubles in size when two liquor-happy sailors arrive in town with a boatload of frozen human bodies. Blamire re-creates the visual look of '50s sci-fi films such as The Blob by shooting in shockingly bright rotogravure colors - a photographic process he dubbed "Crainioscope." Stop-motion demigod Ray Harryhausen -- who reportedly inspired this work thanks to such classics as Jason and the Argonauts and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad -- is listed as "presenter," and his influence can be seen via the special effects of the ballooning heads. ...Trail of the Screaming Forehead ( Trail Of The Screaming Forehead: Director's Cut )


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4.3 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny! 23 July 2013
Format:DVD
Trail of the Screaming Forehead is (I think) the 4th movie from the
mind of Larry Blamire, and it's subject matter is the most eccentric
yet. Basically it apes the B movies from the 1950's yet again, with the
Blamire twist of more than one strand of plot happening at the same
time. So this time we see a female scientist tampering with nature -
she's trying to prove that human intelligence is housed in the forehead
not the brain, while at the same time, as fate would have it, alien
foreheads from another galaxy are invading and taking over the minds
and bodies of unsuspecting humans!

The familiar cast from previous movies all return again, and not only
that, they come back in this movie (See what I did there?). By now
you'll have your favourites, for me it's Alison Martin, who is
absolutely hysterical once again this time as the loopy librarian, and
Jennifer Blaire, who again looks amazing, plus she's a very good
actress and singer so I am surprised she's not seen more often. But all
of the cast are great and play everything to perfection.

If anything lets the film down it's the plot, which hinges on anything
associated with the forehead, so unless you find this concept funny in
it's purest abstract form, you might find parts of the film
bewildering. I mean, there's only so much laughter that can be
extracted from the subject of foreheads! But they make a very brave
attempt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally bonkers! 13 Dec 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Just brilliant because it's so bad!!!! We all need more laughs in this current climate of doom and gloom. Ha Ha!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blamire - an auteur to cherish 31 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
So far, the american Larry Blamire has completed five features, achieving in my opinion an admirable and likable body of work, beginning with the well-received Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra (2001). Of the four I have managed to see, each has the distinctive style of its writer-director-actor: genial and humane humour, consistently amusing parody of older genres, allied with use of an increasingly familiar stock company - all of whom seem to be enjoying themselves as much as director and audience.

Blamire writes, directs and frequently acts in his own films, his careful scripts reveling in non-sequiturs and deliberate longueurs whilst eschewing coarse dialogue. The surreal Trail Of The Screaming Forehead stands the most apart from its fellows I have seen, being made in colour, perhaps more expressly silly, with increased special effects work and the inclusion of special guest players (Dick Miller and Kevin McCarthy). Perhaps because of that, whilst still very amusing, it seems a little less characteristic and considered. However I have to report that after seeing it again lately I chuckled just as much as the first time - something which is entirely in line with those who revisit Blamire's films, which have a quiet quality all of their own and which never grow stale - which is ironic, as they constantly reference dated genres.

I think Blamire is an auteur to treasure, one who gives the art of parody back its name and quality - especially after the dismal, bigger-budgeted attempts of the likes of Jason Friedberg and the Wayans, directors who seem to have no affection for the films they imitate and always aim for the obvious.
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