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Carry On Screaming Film Review

I am a film enthusiast and enjoy reviewing films I have watched. I like all sorts of films but mainly black & white ones from the 50's & 60s

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The cast

ActorCharacter

Jim Dale

Albert Potter

Kenneth Williams

Dr Orlando Watt

Fenella Fielding

Valeria Watt

Joans Simm

Emily Bung

Harry H. Corbett

Detective Sergeant Bung

Peter Butterworth

Detective Constable Slobotham

Charles Hawtrey

Dan Dann

Jon Pertwee

Dr Fettle

Bernard Breslaw

Sockett

The Film

Released: 1966

Producer: Peter Rogers

Director: Gerald Thomas

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins

Distributed by: Pathe Distribution

Budget: £97,500


The Film

Carry On Screaming is the 12th film in the Carry On series of films. Shot in Pinewood Studios, and also on location in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire in England, this is one of my favourite Carry On films. The film starts with Albert Potter and Doris Mann in the woods. They are dating each other and are in the woods getting all romantic. When Doris screams, she swears she can hear someone in the woods, but Albert dismisses the idea, telling her there's no one there. But Doris is abducted by Oddbod the monster. Albert can't understand what has happened so goes to the police to report his missing girlfriend.

When he gets to the Police Station he reports the incident to Detective Constable Slobotham, who in turn tells his boss Detective Sergeant Sidney Bung. The 3 of them head off into the woods, and Albert tells them what happened. Their investigation leads them to a house on Aviary Avenue. This is a large, somewhat Gothic style house which is run by Dr Orlando Watt and his sister Valena Watt. The 2 Policemen and Albert are greeted at the door by the Butler, who is called Sockett. He informs them that his master is dead. But when they meet the pale Dr Watt, it leaves them confused. He seems very much alive! Actually, he's un-dead.

It is up to the 2 detectives to decipher what has happened to Doris. Meanwhile, Albert sees a mannequin in a shop that looks very much like his girlfriend. Can this in anyway be connected with the Watt's? With all the strange goings on in the house and in their laboratory, this is indeed a very strange house.

As is common with the Carry On films, this is full of laughs and hilarity. There's plenty of gags and innuendo's in the film.and it looks like they have a lot of fun making this film. This is definitely a slap-stick comedy and the Carry On cast once again make a film that will have everyone laughing.

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My thoughts

I just love the Carry On films, and Carry On Screaming doesn't disappoint. Although it has a horror element to it, it's very light hearted and has plenty of gags and laughs in it. I love the storyline of the Frankenstein style monsters and the mannequins they bring back to life. Kenneth Williams is of course on top form once again with his acting and laugh out loud moments. Although this film was made in 1966, it is shot in colour. Carry On Screaming is really a spoof of the Hammer Horror films from the 60's.

The funniest bit for me was when you see Dr Watts (Kenneth Williams) sinking into a big cauldron of green liquid shouting "Frying tonight!" If you're a fan of the Carry On films and you've not seen this one yet, then I would highly recommend it.

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A quote from the film

[on being told Oddbod's finger is missing] I hope he didn't leave it anywhere embarassing! That's the trouble with my regeneration process, it makes everything so brittle. You never know what's going to drop off next.

— Dr Watt

© 2017 Louise Powles

Comments

Louise Powles (author) from Norfolk, England on December 08, 2017:

Yes, I thought so too. The Carry On films were a great series of films. I loved them. =)

Claire-louise on December 08, 2017:

So odd seeing how many people have never heard of the carry on series, I thought it reached other Countries, but I guess it was just a British thing!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 29, 2017:

never heard of the story-line.. but u cover a great deal in this review

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on November 27, 2017:

I will see if I can find this on YouTube! Thank you for this review :-) Gonna check it out on YouTube in just a minute.

xxxooo

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 26, 2017:

Haven't heard of the Carry On series. Thanks for the warning about the horror element. Would like the laughs, though.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 25, 2017:

This sounds right up my alley. I love horror/comedy. I have not heard of the Carry On series, but I guess I need to look into it. Thanks for the heads up. :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 25, 2017:

I’ve never heard of Carry On but I read your review with interest as I always learn something from you!

Mother of Movies and Series Reviews from Moreton Bay, Queensland on November 25, 2017:

I really should try and watch some older classic films. Its lovely to see you find a horror-esque one as I’m sure you know horror is my jam.

I’m not sure this is my kind of movie, but the costumes are certainly done well for its time.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 24, 2017:

I used to enjoy watching the Carry On films. I don't remember ever seeing this one, though. It sounds interesting.