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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Carry On Screaming! (1966)

Starring Harry H. Corbett, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Fenella Fielding
Directed by Gerald Thomas
(actor & director credits courtesy

A police detective tries to solve a series of disappearances of young women, and follows the clues to a mad scientist who's been using a werewolf lackey to abduct the women.

Part of the long-running British "Carry On" series of movies, featuring a recurring cast of character actors in a comedic spin on a popular movie setting each picture, this entry targets horror films, and although not the funniest outing in the series, it's still charming, with a few jokes that stick.  Williams is particularly good as aptly-named scientist Dr. Watt, who uses electricity to recharge his dead body, but is still concerned with maintaining proper decorum.  Although the story is completely silly, Williams and the rest of the quality cast treat it as seriously as possible, making for good fun.

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