1961 Taste of Fear

Taste of Fear – 1961

Alternative Title: Scream of Fear

A Hammer Film production released by Columbia Pictures
Copyright MCMLXI by Falcon Film, Limited – All rights reserved MPAA Approved Certificate No. 19519 

The characters and incidents portfayed and the name, used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional

RCA Sound Recording
Produced at Associated British Elstree Studios, England
Black and 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! 

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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