The Shout is a 1978 British horror film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, based on a short story by Robert Graves, adapted for the screen by Michael Austin.
A mysterious travelling man (Alan Bates) invades the lives of a young couple, played by Susannah York and John Hurt. Hurt plays a composer, who experiments with sound effects and various electronic sources in his secluded Devon studio.
The couple provide hospitality to Bates, but his intentions are gradually revealed as more and more sinister. He claims he has learned from an Aboriginal shaman how to produce a “terror shout” that can kill anyone who hears it unprotected…
“One of the film’s greatest achievements is the way in which it makes such quintessential symbols of Englishness […] a puzzling and ambiguous film that doesn’t seem to have any clear motivations but is more about creating a disquieting atmosphere – the slow pace certainly adds to the mood of intimate awkwardness.” Paul Huckerby, Electric Sheep
“Skolimowski’s film is an uncomfortable and unsettling viewing experience but also compulsively watchable and demands to be seen more than once.” Julian Grainger, Ten Years of Terror, FAB Press, 2001
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