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The Shout (4-May-1979)

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski

Writers: Michael Austin; Robert Graves; Jerzy Skolimowski

Keywords: Horror

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Alan Bates
17-Feb-1934 27-Dec-2003 Basil in Zorba the Greek
Jim Broadbent
24-May-1949   Oscar-winning oddball English actor
Tim Curry
19-Apr-1946   Frank N. Furter in Rocky Horror Picture Show
John Hurt
22-Jan-1940 27-Jan-2017 Alien
Robert Stephens
14-Jul-1931 12-Nov-1995 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Susannah York
9-Jan-1941 14-Jan-2011 They Shoot Horses, Don't They?


Review by anonymous (posted on 6-Jan-2007)

Starring Alan Bates (with questionable powers as strange as the character he plays), John Hurt (as a struggling musician) and Susannah York (as Hurt's wife), 'The Shout' is an enigmatic and ultimately unsatisfying film. Bates, an ex-psychiatric patient (with Tim Curry in a minor role as Bates' psychiatrist), allegedly has powers over (amongst others) the elements and people, claiming that their souls are contained in pieces of rock. He also claims to possess the 'terror shout' - a shout that can kill anyone Bates directs it at. Bates gains power over York, moves into their house and leaves Hurt humiliated and impotent against Bates' powers. Driven by jealousy and recalling Bates' belief in souls being contained in pieces of rock, Hurt finds Bates' rock, breaks it and destroys Bates. Not quite the supernatural film it tries to be, it leaves too many questions unanswered and - because of this - leaves a 'cold' feeling.

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