The Screaming Skull

The Screaming Skull

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For the nickname of the conductor, see Georg Solti
The Screaming Skull is a 1958 American horror film directed by Alex Nicol. It was parodied on the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000.


The Screaming Skull begins with a voiceover explaining that the film is so frightening it may kill members of the audience, and that American International Pictures is prepared to pay for any burial services and funeral costs. During the voiceover, the camera pans inside an empty casket containing a note that reads "Reserved for you".

The narrative portion of the film begins as newlyweds Jenni and Eric return to Eric's palatial country home. Jenni is Eric's second wife; his first wife Marion died when she hit her head and drowned in a decorative pond on the estate. At the home they meet Eric's friends, the Reverend and Mrs. Snow, as well as Mickey, the eccentric and patchily-bearded gardener, played by the director, Alex Nicol.

When she begins to hear unexplained screaming noises and see unexplained skull around her house, Jenni begins to believe the ghost of Marion is haunting her. However, it is also revealed that Jenni has spent time in an asylum, that she has a great personal fortune Eric would inherit if she died, and that Mickey the gardener dislikes Jenni (and, moreover, was childhood friends with Eric's first wife). Possible explanations of the film's central mystery seem fourfold:
  • Is Eric behind the skulls and screams, driving Jenni to suicidal madness......
  • ...

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