The Shout (1978)

27 October 2023, 10:30 PM







Jerzy Skolimowski

United Kingdom

Horror, Drama

87 minutes


M18 (Nudity)


Winner – Grand Prize of the Jury (Cannes Film Festival 1978)

Main Summary

An idyllic English village turns eerie when a stranger unexpectedly turns up at the couple’s doorstep, claiming that he possesses the power of the Aboriginals — the ability to unleash a shout that can kill anyone who hears it. In Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s take on occult horror, the tale of a cryptic encounter between a musician, his wife and a stranger is told in flashback from the perspective of an asylum patient.

The title of the film promises an evocative soundscape and does not disappoint. Particularly notable for its electronic and experimental music score by the band GENESIS, The Shout bestows upon audiences an innovative aural experience like no other.  

As the director of the Oscar-nominated film EO, Skolimowski creatively captures a distinctive representation of Britain. The film blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, as it eagerly defies conventions of its time. The film hinges on a sense of elusive instability to present an almost maniacal performance of a disturbed man’s mind. This trailblazing thriller will leave audiences precariously on the edge of their seats, awaiting the cataclysmic demonstration of the eponymous “shout”.