1961 Taste of Fear

Taste of Fear - 1961

Alternative Title: Scream of Fear

A Hammer Film production released by Columbia Pictures

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MPAA Approved Certificate No. 19539 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the names characters or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound Recording 

Produced at Associated British Elstree Studios England

Black & White 77 mins


Confined to a wheelchair following a childhood riding accident, Penny Appleby returns home to the South of France to visit her father, only to be told by her stepmother, Jane, that he has gone away for a few days. That night, she sees a light in the summer house and goes to investigate. To her horror, she is confronted by the corpse of her father, sitting in a chair, his dead eyes staring straight at her! Watch the trailer on YouTube



Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager Bill Hill
Editor Eric Boyd-Perkins
Assistant Director David Tomblin
Sound Recordists Leslie Hammond, E. Mason and Len Shilton
Continuity Pamela Mann
Sound Editor James Groom
Make-up Artist Basil Newall
Hair Stylist Eileen Bates
Wardrobe Mistress Dora Lloyd
Casting Stuart Lyons
Camera Operator Desmond Davis
Director of Photography Douglas Slocombe
Music Composed by Clifton Parker
Musical Supervisor John Hollingsworth
Executive Producer Michael Carreras
Written and Produced by Jimmy Sangster
Directed by Seth Holt


Penny Appleby Susan Strasberg
Bob Ronald Lewis
Jane Appleby Ann Todd
Dr Gerard Christopher Lee
Spratt Leonard Sachs
Marie Anne Blake
Inspector Legrand John Serret
Mr Appleby Fred Johnson


This was the first of Hammer's "just who is who and what on earth is really going on?" psychological thrillers, which they made as an alternative to their more visceral horror output.
 Christopher Lee, as in "The Man Who Could Cheat Death" (1959), plays a character called Doctor Gerard. The main difference is that in this film he has developed an outrageous French accent!
 Actor Ronald Lewis appeared for Hammer again as the eponymous "Brigand of Kandahar" (1965).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection