We are all interested in ghosts, skulls, screaming, and screaming ghost skulls, for that is the stuff we use to fill the hours of Junesploitation… You are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, and the abandoned—that is why you are here. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you the full story of some of the worst movies ever made. The absurdly low budgets, the tiny casts, the attempts at gas lighting—my friend, we cannot keep these a secret any longer. Let us punish the guilty. Let us reward the innocent. Remember, my friends: terrible movies such as these will affect you in the future!
The problem? The Screaming Skull isn’t very good. It’s tedious and clichéd. Director Nichol was a Broadway actor sick of the parts he was being offered, so he decided to make his own movie and give himself a part. Unfortunately, he isn’t very good. His performance is tedious and clichéd. The film resembles nothing so much as an earnest community theatre troupe doing a budget version of Cat and the Canary and being asked to stretch the material to five acts instead of three. It’s tedious and clichéd. And repetitive.
Mickey tells Jenni that Marion's ghost haunts the house. Jenni hears screaming from the titular skull. Is Marion’s skull haunting Eric’s new bride? And what is Mickey hiding in that basket? And why can’t anyone ever find Mickey when they need him? I swear that half of this film’s running time is devoted to other characters looking for Mickey. You’re the groundskeeper, Mickey—KEEP to the GROUNDS.
Should you purchase and/or watch this disc? It would be a great fit for today (“Demons & Ghosts”); this Thursday (“Free Space”); or next Thursday, June 28 (“Free Space”) during Junesploitation—but alas--there is no day devoted to “Tedious and Clichéd.” How about it, Patrick? Maybe next year? (Ed. note: Adding it to calendar...)