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Gothic chills and sixties thrills
on 10 March 2012
MGM Midnite Movies present a Gordon Hessler/Vincent Price double bill, The Oblong Box (****) a gothic horror started by Michael Reeve, and the contemporary 1960's chiller Scream and Scream Again (**). Based on The Premature Burial, The Oblong Box is a nice little horror in the mould of the Roger Corman films of the early 1960's. Vincent Price is the lord of the manor who has his disfigured, mad brother (Alastair Williamson) locked away from the public's gaze. With the help of Samuel Trench (Peter Arne) the brother is buried alive but returns from the grave to wreak vengeance. Scream and Scream Again is a real curiosity featuring the big three of 1960's horror - Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. In truth, they're hardly in it and most of the screen time is taken up with copper Alfred Marks' search for a killer (Michael Gothard). Featuring an appearance by the sixties pop group Amen Corner, the picture on this one isn't great and it's not helped by the many day-for-night shots. About half way through there's an interminable chase in cars and on foot indicating a general lack of ideas and an effort to fill the running time. There's so little coherence that Vincent Price admitted that it didn't make any sense and it doesn't! Buy this for The Oblong Box.