When the Screaming Starts Trailer is Here

ytsfreeSeptember 11, 2022

When the Screaming Starts is a new horror comedy whose trailer has been revealed by Bloody Disgusting. The film’s premise is that Norman (Jared Rogers), a struggling journalist turned filmmaker, finds himself face to face with aspiring serial killer Aidan Mendle (Ed Hartland. Invited to follow Aiden on his journey, Norman starts documenting his exploits and whether or not he’ll ever actually kill anyone.

“Of all the genres that meld with horror, none is more seamless than comedy. Horror and comedy are like two sides of the same coin, which is why fans of both have embraced this sub-genre so readily. When the Screaming Starts is the perfect combination of humor and horror. It’s Shaun of the Dead meets Spinal Tap, and we know that fans are going to eat it up,” said Bloody Disgusting Managing Director Brad Miska.

Directed by Conor Boru, the film was co-written by him and lead actor Hartland. According to the trailer, Fangoria’s Editor-in-Chief Phil Nobile Jr. said that When the Screaming Starts “does for serial killers what What We Do in the Shadows did for vampires.” The premise also resembles Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, which like What We Do in the Shadows, was also a mockumentary parodying the horror genre.


“Delivering fully on the potential of its premise, this witty, stylistically sharp mock-doc marks the arrival of a talented filmmaking voice in Conor Boru,” said Flickering Myth.

Other Information About When the Screaming Starts

Other cast members include Kaitlyn Reynell as Claire, Aidan’s girlfriend and literal partner in crime who he decides to start a “family” with. Octavia Gilmore plays Amy, one of the family’s first recruits and also one of their finest. Also in the new cult are Viktoria (Vår Haugholt) and Veronika (Ronja Haugholt), two creepy twins, Terry (Stuart Vincent), a guy who was just there for yoga, and Jack (Yasen Atour), who’s shown practicing his murders in the trailer.

“Taking the fandom of true crime and turning it into a Charles Manson-inspired comedy sounds risky, but writer/director Conor Boru finds an interesting mix of dark humor, gore, and social commentary to make When the Screaming Starts enjoyable,” writes Nightmarish Conjurings.

The film premiered at FrightFest and has subsequently gone on to be in several acclaimed horror festivals around the world, such as Popcorn Frights, Panic Fest, Telluride Horror Show, and Grimmfest. Besides being named the Best Sci-fi/Horror Feature at the 2022 London Indendepent Film Festival, When the Screaming Starts currently has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

“I am so proud to be a part of this film. With the popularity of true crime docs and podcasts, When the Screaming Starts perfectly fits the audience’s appetite. It’s a wild ride from start to finish. The filmmakers and the entire cast did a fantastic job,” said Mark Padilla, SVP Sales, and Acquisitions at Double Dutch International.

When the Screaming Starts will be released on September 20, exclusively on the Bloody Disgusting-powered SCREAMBOX. It’ll be just one film on the upcoming on the streaming site’s original/exclusive slate, which includes Terrifier 2, Deep Fear, All Jacked Up and Full of Worms, Story Game, Welcome to Hell, PussyCake, Pennywise: The Story of IT, Suicide Forest Village, History of the Occult, and the uncut edition of Satan’s Little Helper.


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