1961 Taste of Fear

Taste of Fear – 1961

Alternative Title: Scream of Fear


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! 
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Written and Produced by 
Directed by 

Bernard Robinson
James Needs
 Bill Hill
Eric Boyd-Perkins
David Tomblin
Leslie Hammond, E. Mason and Len Shilton
Pamela Mann
James Groom
Basil Newall
 Eileen Bates
Dora Lloyd
Stuart Lyons
Desmond Davis
Douglas Slocombe
Clifton Parker
John Hollingsworth
Michael Carreras
Jimmy Sangster
Seth Holt


Penny Appleby 
Jane Appleby 
Dr Gerard 
Inspector Legrand 
Mr Appleby 

Susan Strasberg
Ronald Lewis
Ann Todd
Christopher Lee
Leonard Sachs
Anne Blake
John Serret
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