Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Diagnosis: Hysteria! (This ain't your mama's Def Leppard album) 30 Day Horror Film Challenge STRIKES BACK! - Day XX

Day 20: Character with the best scream –

Nora Manning House on Haunted Hill. No relation to Eli Manning of the New York Giants although he kinda sounds like Nora after she's found severed heads in her room after he loses and blows another season. Don't believe me. Here's the instigation and then...

Let the screaming start:

I love House on Haunted Hill. Not just for Vincent Price. Not just because the music is fantastic. The screams are incredible. The severed heads are pretty gruesome even for a William Castle picture. I'm not entirely sure how to write about a scream. I mean... Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... My scream is weak. Hers is more like AHhhHHHHHhhhHHHHhhhhHHHHHhhHhHhHhHhHhhhhhHHHHHHHHH!!! Or something ...

To compare Nora Manning's scream to a car horn would be somewhat accurate. How about comparing it to the sound of the breaks of a locomotive with a bucket full (yes... a bucket!) of cats in between the brake and wheel plus one or two sheep (make them lambs) and add a hint of the high pitched squeal of a kazoo followed by a glass breaking. Make that expensive Lenox Crystal. Done.

You have a cavalcade of amazing actors and only a short time to show it in. I first saw this as a Good Time VHS release and still remember the little letter "G" in the corner. I used to think it was part of the original picture. I can't even fully remember which holiday it was, but we got it for my mother. It's her favorite (or was her favorite... things do change).

It's fitting that this entry comes up today. Yesterday was Father's Day and today is... the day that mom got surgery on her knee. I assure you this a great thing, she's doing well and I bet she's thoroughly enjoying the pain meds (don't we all).

So Nora Manning... you're not hot, but you have an excellent scream. Screams are hot, so you are, in fact, blisteringly hot. Gentlemen, don't fill up your dance cards just yet.

-Dr. Terror (kinda still crushing on Annabelle Loren)

Oh and aren't the coffin box - gun case, party favors to die for? Used those at a party once. Will definitely use them again. Brilliant but unrelated to the scream.