Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Carry on Screaming! (1966)

Director: Gerald Thomas

Writer: Talbot Rothwell

Composer: Eric Rogers

Starring: Harry H. Corbett, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Fenella Fielding, Joan Sims, Angela Douglas, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Butterworth, Jon Pertwee, Michael Ward, Tom Clegg, Billy Cornelius, Norman Mitchell, Frank Thornton, Frank Forsyth, Anthony Sagar, Sally Douglas, Marianne Stone, Denis Blake, Gerald Thomas

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Carry On Screaming with the Hilarious CARRY ON Gang!!

Plot:  Young ladies are being spirited away in the woods by Oddbod, creation of fiendish Dr Watt. Henpecked Sergeant Bung is on the case, but an early lead comes to nothing with the ghastly drowning while at work of lavatory attendant Dan Dann. Bung does seem to be having success with Valeria and her very obvious charms, but completely fails to realise her sinister country house holds the key to the unimaginable horrors going on.

My rating: 3/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Geez.  What do you call a comedy that's not funny?  I found this picture only mildly amusing a couple of times and I went into it REALLY wanting to like it.  I fell asleep on it in an earlier attempt many months ago so I started it again...and I fell asleep again but then I picked myself up, dusted off and finished it so I never have to do it again.  I've seen a few of these CARRY ON pictures and I really liked one of the early ones. It's not that I don't like the humor, I do, but there's a lot of unfunny going on.  I was hoping this film would have some fun at the expense of Hammer Studios but, if they did, I didn't see it.  The story was weak as were nearly all of the gags. I can't find any fault in the actors.  They performed the material as good as anyone.  Three tries it took to get through it, falling asleep twice.  It's dull, not funny and a big disappointment.  I've got a feeling this big box set I bought many years ago is going to end up on eBay...that's if the rest of the films in this set are better than this film.  The Anchor Bay set has all 12 films presented in beautiful anamorphic widescreen prints with the only extra (for each film) an anamorphic widescreen theatrical trailer.

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