Sam Hamm on

Scream of Fear

Released 1961
Distributor Columbia

“Psycho” spawned a cottage industry of twist-ending killer-thrillers, and this modest Hammer entry is one of the best. Psycho’s unconventional ad campaign also led to gambits like this one, pretending the movie was just too scary to show any actual footage in the trailer!

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About Sam Hamm

Failed cartoonist Sam Hamm turned to screenwriting when he realized he would never be able to draw like Alex Toth. His feature credits include Never Cry Wolf, Batman, Batman Returns, and Monkeybone. Hamm also created the short-lived television series M.A.N.T.I.S. in collaboration with Sam Raimi. Most recently, he has written two episodes of the cable series Masters of Horror for director Joe Dante: Homecoming (for which he won a Best Screenplay award at the Sitges International Film Festival) and The Screwfly Solution.

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