Taste of Fear

Taste of Fear
Scream of Fear

Original British theatrical poster
Directed by Seth Holt
Produced by Jimmy Sangster
Michael Carreras
Written by Jimmy Sangster
Starring Susan Strasberg
Ronald Lewis
Ann Todd
Christopher Lee
Music by Clifton Parker
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Edited by Eric Boyd-Perkins
Distributed by Columbia Pictures Corporation
Release dates
London: Jan 1961
New York: 4 April 1961
Running time
78 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $800,000 (Europe)[1]

Taste of Fear (US title: Scream of Fear) is a 1961 British thriller film directed by Seth Holt, shot in black-and-white by Douglas Slocombe, and released by Hammer Films. The film stars Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd, and Christopher Lee, the latter, one of Hammer's most bankable stars, in a supporting role.


A young paralysed woman (Susan Strasberg) returns to her family home after the mysterious disappearance of her father. She has a cool relationship with her stepmother, while the chauffeur helps her to investigate the father's disappearance. During the investigations, she finds the father's corpse in various locations around the house, but it always quickly vanishes again before anyone else sees it.



The film was not a large success in the UK and US but was very popular in Europe and led to a cycle of similar films.[1]

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  1. 1 2 Marcus Hearn, The Hammer Vault, Titan Books, 2011 p61
  2. Hearn & Barnes 2007, p. 61.
  3. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055505/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv
  4. "'The Impossible' Director Juan Antonio Bayona To Remake 'Scream of Fear' For Sony".
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