Hammer Films are mostly known for their monster movies, such as "Horror of Dracula" and "Curse of Frankenstein." Before these movies launched them into the international spotlight, they specialized in suspense and science fiction such as The Quatermass Experiment and Four-Sided Triangle. Even after the success of the Dracula and Frankenstein franchises, they would still delve into suspense or psychological horror.
Scream of Fear (aka Taste of Fear) is a stellar example of Hammer Films suspense outings. It stars Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd and the inimitable Sir Christopher Lee. Released in 1961, Directed by Seth Holt with a screenplay by none other that Jimmy Sangster. The story is of a young, wheelchair-bound Penny Appleby (Susan Strasberg) who returns home to visit her father after an absence of 9 years. Her father, however, is away on business and she is met by her stepmother Jane. Within days of being home, Penny keeps seeing her father's body. She is convinced that something bad has happened. All those around her, however, are sure that Penny is suffering from nothing more than an overactive imagination.
I won't go any further. This is one of the best written movies I have seen in a long time. Predictable is not one of the words that even come close to being used while describing this movie. I spent the whole movie not quite sure of what was going to happen. I promise you won't see it coming.
This movie is available on DVD through Amazon.