Scream, Evelyn, Scream! (lost horror film; 1970)

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Film poster.

Status: Lost

Scream, Evelyn, Scream! is a 1970 horror film directed by Robert Hensley & Tom Anthony and starring Stafford Repp, Evelyn King, Burt Ward, and Lance Fuller. Little is known about the film, other than it apparently had its screening at Cannes Film Festival in 1973[1].


Elmer Keydatt, a 40-year old oddball, runs a small antique shop. His prized possession is a restored limousine. More humored than beloved, Elmer is looked upon as a simple man. But Elmer is not as simple as he appears for deep down he is a disturbed person, a paranoiac in fact; the victim of a mother complex, and, the fires that have been smouldering since childhood are soon to take flame.

Evelyn Worthington, thirtyish, and an attractive lonely heart, has placed a personals ad in search of male companionship. Elmer, posing as a sophisticate, answers the 'phone, giving a pseudo name. In Evelyn, he sees fair game. A dinner date is planned for an uptown restaurant; Elmer will send his limousine for her. The car arrives – with Elmer disguised as the chauffeur.

The limousine takes a course away from the restaurant; Evelyn becomes suspicious. Frightened, she panics. But her cries go unheeded as the car threads its way through traffic – headed not for the restaurant but for Elmer's house. As the big car speeds on, Elmer flips a switch; Evelyn passes out from a burst of monoxide gas turned into the tonneau.

The car pulls into the driveway of Elmer's house. He carries Evelyn's still form to a sumptuously appointed attic room. She is placed on a divan before Elmer's feasting eyes.

Evelyn, partially revived, fails to recognize Elmer as her abductor, now posing as her rescuer. In reassuring tones, he tells her he will call a cab and send her home – but Evelyn, now recovered, recognizes the voice of Elmer, the chauffeur. She tries to escape. She is trapped, a prisoner for the night – crying herself to sleep.

As morning dawns, Evelyn prepares to play his game. Feigning surrender, she submits to his romantic advances – when suddenly she is electrified with fear as the walls of the room open on a guillotine. Terror stricken, Evelyn passes out as the cruel blade crashes down on her helpless form. Elmer is ecstatic as he screams out, "Mother!".

Time passes. Elmer has placed a second personals ad.

Elmer's phone rings; the cultured voice of Martha, had seen Elmer's ad. She wants to meet him. They make a date for dinner, at Martha's. As Elmer hangs up the phone – the scene shifts to Martha, who hangs up the phone, and bursts into a satanic laugh, chuckling fiendishly as she picks up a voodoo doll and puts a burning candle to its face pondering the fate of her next victim.


  • Stafford Repp as Elmer Keydatt
  • Evelyn King as Evelyn Worthington
  • Lance Fuller as The Policeman
  • Fran Ryan as The Old Woman
  • Willard Sage as The Drunk
  • Burt Ward as Dune Buggy Driver


  • Screenplay: Robert Hensley, R. David McGonagle
  • Directors: Robert Hensley, Tom Anthony
  • Editor: Robert Freeman
  • Cinematography: Stanley Cortez
  • Production Manager: Jay Lawrence
  • Second Unit Director: Rick Shotwell
  • Assistant Director: William White
  • Producer: Hubie Kerns
  • Executive Producer: Lee Shrout
  • Music: Hal Southern, Harold Hensley
  • Music Supervisor: William Luce


Though it went as far as getting an PG rating from MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)[2], having ad mats, posters and screening at Cannes Film Festival in 1973, possibly the film was never released[3]. No proofs of the film's theatrical releases has ever been found and it was never released on home media nor broadcast on television. No prints has surfaced in any form, and the film is likely lost forever for public.

External Links


  1. Reddit thread on r/horror. Retrieved 28 May '24.
  2. MPAA Certificate #1001. Retrieved 28 May '24.
  3. Thread about the film on MovieChat. Retrieved 28 May '24.