Yoinked from Wikipedia, imdb and 1000misspenthours.com ...
"The Screaming Skull is a 1958 American horror film directed by Alex Nicol. It is best known for beginning with a spooky voiceover which explains that the film you are about to watch is so frightening that it may actually 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'. It is a very cheesy beginning to an entertaining, Hitchcock-ian film.
The Screaming Skull was originally released as the top half of a double feature with Terror from the Year 5000. Also, ahough it is never credited, the film is based on Francis Marion Crawford's classic horror story of the same title, first published around 1906.
Interestingly, Crawford's inspiration for the tale, in turn, came from the folklore surrounding the so-called 'screaming skull' that was kept on display at Bettiscomb Manor in Dorset, England. The actual skull that inspired both the story and the movie is said to be that of a black slave whose request for burial in his native country was denied following his death and was subsequently followed by strange occurrences and unexplainable shrieking noises that emanated from the wooden box in which the skull was kept.
For reasons best known to local TV programmers, the modest shocker The Screaming Skull was telecast on what seemed to be a daily basis in the 1960s. The hero or villain is Eric (played by John Hudson, who later billed himself as William Hudson), the husband of neurotic millionairess Jenni Peggy Webber. Who is out to get Jenny's inheritance? Is it the creepy gardener? Is it Eric the husband? Or is Jenny just batshit crazy? Stay tuned to find out ..."
The Screaming Skull: Main Theme
"What stops the shortcomings of script and direction from ruining The Screaming Skull completely is the cast, which is much better than this movie really deserves. There are no standout performances, exactly, but all of the actors make their characters seem enough like real people to give the film some kind of foundation with which to support the heavy weight of crap pressing down on it from above. The cast can’t make The Screaming Skull into anything worth getting excited about, but they do at least keep it on its feet for the most part."
Steve's Snacks of The Week:
Big Bag Of Chips
Garlic Bread Pepperoni Pizza
Steak And Cheese Burritos
Various Christmas Stocking Candies
Teddy's Root Beer
I've always wanted to watch this movie. I'm pretty excited about finally getting to watch it today. But, just to let you all know, I will NOT pay for your funeral if you die of fright while watching this shit on my blog, k? Just so we're clear. All I could afford anyway is maybe a Lebowski funeral: a cremation, a Ralph's, a can of coffee and a fucking mountain somewhere.
... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety absolutely FREE! But first lets go over a few theater rules. Absolutely no talking is allowed in Galindo Theaters. Any and all talkers will be Brittany Murphied with extreme prejudice. No cell phones or African-American berries going off in the theater. And NO TEXTING!
And be sure to dim headlights (where applicable).
Oh, and remember ...
Now just kick back, relax, and...
Enjoy the show y'all!
By the way, this is post 1,277 in this blog.
Pretty neat, huh?