SCREAM, EVELYN, SCREAM! (1970)
Production title: THE DATE
Stafford Repp (Elmer Keydatt)
Evelyn King (Evelyn Worthington)
Lance Fuller (The Policeman)
Fran Ryan (The Old Woman)
Willard Sage (The Drunk)
Burt Ward (Dune Buggy Driver)
Screenplay: Robert Hensley and R. David McGonagle
Editor: Robert Freeman
Director of Photography: Stanley Cortez
Production Manager: Jay Lawrence
Director: Robert Hensley and Tom Anthony
Second Unit Director: Rick Shotwell
Assistant Director: William White
Producer: Hubie Kerns
Executive Producer: Lee Shrout
Music: Hal Southern and Harold Hensley
Music Supervisor: William Luce
Color by CFI
A Hubie Kerns presentation
Released by Cougar Pictures, Ltd.
MPAA rating: PG (1973)
ELMER KEYDATT (Stafford Repp), a 40-year old odd-ball, 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 (Evelyn King), 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 (Fran Ryan), 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.