Dream Palace

The Shout

+ pre-recorded intro by director Mark Jenkin

Does he really have the power to kill with his shout?

Image from The Shout + pre-recorded intro by director Mark Jenkin

UK 1978
Dir Jerzy Skolimowski
With Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt, Robert Stephens
85min
Digital
Certificate 15

Adapted from a story by Robert Graves (played by Tim Curry in the framing narrative), The Shout centres on a tale relayed at a cricket match by the possibly insane Charles Crossley (Bates) – about a certain Crossley who visited a musician and his wife in Devon and began to dominate their lives through cunning and the possession of a strange power: being able to kill with his shout. An intriguing, engrossing film with ideas of truth and falsehood, sanity and madness, beautifully performed by all.