Directed By: Jack Smight
Starring: Olivia de Haviland, Ed Nelson, Laraine Stephens, Joseph Cotton
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Trilogy of Terror II HERE
Theater of Blood HERE
Disclaimer: Kino Studio Classics has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
After Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) it spawned what is known as Hagsploitation -which typically Golden Age Hollywood Actresses (and some actors) in horror. This seems demeaning but these movies helped older actors get paid and the movies went onto gain loyal cult followings. The Screaming Woman (1972) tells of a wealthy woman comes home from a stay at a mental healthy facility. Whilst outside she hears a screaming woman buried underneath the remains of an old smokehouse. Nobody believes her in this little '70s thriller. Director Jack Smight (who helmed one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes Night of the Meek) takes a pretty simple premise and does a fine job at providing plenty of thrills, chills and misdirection. The finale is truly a tense and hugely satisfying.
Like a lot of TV movies the locales are limited yet the production design is top notch and with a lot of talent behind the camera Screaming Woman has a slick big budget look. Also, if you enjoy a greedy scheming family members ala Knives Out (2019), Screaming Woman has plenty of it. Olivia de Haviland brings class and polish to this lower-budget genre programmer. Sure, the movie has its issues and the narrative can be a bit plodding. Still, its a enjoyable, campy '70s outing with a fantastic cast.
Picture: The Screaming Woman really looks fantastic on 1080p. The movie has an overall crisp and clear look, especially in outdoor scenes. Colors really pop and artifacts and noise are kept to a bare minimum. Not to mention a general sharpness. I could even notice textures on costumes which speaks to the great restoration.
Sound: The Screaming Woman has a nice DTS 2.0 track. Dialogue, sound design and score comes through quite clear.
Extras: The Screaming Woman includes a great historical commentary by Gary Gernai. Trailers are also included.