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Silent Scream (1980)

Barbara Steele , Rebecca Balding , Denny Harris  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Steele, Rebecca Balding, Cameron Mitchell, Yvonne De Carlo, Steve Doubet
  • Directors: Denny Harris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Mono, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Scorpion Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LBGB7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silent Scream" on IMDb

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Young co-ed Scotty(Rebecca Balding The Boogens) is unable to find housing on the campus.She finds a vacancy at the Engels' mansion, now a boarding house for college students.Mrs. Engels (Yvonne De Carlo, TV's The Munsters) and her son seem nice enough, but it becomes clear to Scotty that something is not right at her new residence.When her fellow borders begin dying, two detectives (Cameron Mitchell Toolbox Murders and comedian Avery Schreiber, in a serious role) must solve the mystery of the Engels' boarding house before the body count rises. This Film was Number 1 at the Box Office in 1980.


Frightening Fan Pleaser...A Real Chiller --Variety

SILENT SCREAM is cut above the average --Newsday

SILENT SCREAM is a scary, stylistic, Grand Guigold horror movie --Linda Gross, L.A Times

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Available on DVD! October 8, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have been waiting ages for this horror flick to be released on DVD. At last, the moment has arrived! This 1980 film has all the elements of a good horror movie: suspense, creepy characters and settings, and chilling music. It even has a few lines of cheesy dialogue (something no horror flick should be without!). The plot is interesting and has a number of twists - including the revelation of a family secret, which leads to grave consequences.

College student Scotty Parker (Rebecca Balding) is unable to find on-campus housing. As a result, she rents a room at the Engels seaside mansion, which has been turned into a boarding house. Three other students also rent rooms there. When one of them is found murdered on the nearby beach, the police (Cameron Mitchell, Avery Schreiber) begin an investigation - with a special focus on the Engels family - but can they solve the mystery before the other students meet the same grisly fate?

Barbara Steele delivers a terrifying, outstanding performance as the mute and disturbed Victoria Engels. Her eyes alone are enough to frighten you. Yvonne De Carlo, in her 50s at the time, plays her mother and also delivers a credible, albeit brief, performance. The pair is perfectly cast, due to both their talent and very noticeable resemblance.

Special features include the following:

* Mastered in HiDef from the Original InterPositive
* Brand New 5.1 Surround Sound
* Audio commentary with Writer/Producers Ken and Jim Wheat, and star Rebecca Balding
* Three all-new Featurettes: "Scream of Success: 30 Years Later," "Silent Scream: The Original Script," and "The Wheat Bros: A Look Back"
* Director Denny Harris' Final Audio Interview
* Theatrical Trailer
* TV Spot

I am definitely looking forward to owning this movie on DVD...finally. Many thanks to those who made it happen!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC that needs to be on DVD!!! December 23, 2003
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They just don't make them like this antmore! The 80's was a FANTASTIC decade for horror films. I can think of a dozen that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and then make you SCREAM! This film is done very well! It really makes you feel as though YOU are the one being stalked by the homicidal maniac! GREAT characters and dialogue. I would reccomend this movie to any TRUE HORROR FAN! Watch it with your girlfriend...she'll NEED your comforting touch :-)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap But Good December 9, 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
Although this is obviously a low-budget film, it is far better than most of its more expensive brethren. It is suspenseful, almost frightening in places, and with an interesting twist at the end. Although looking somewhat chunky, Yvonne DeCarlo turns in a credible performance as the proprietress of a rooming house which is also inhabited by her insane daughter. Comedian Avery Schreiber, in the role of a detective, is also rather good. In all, it is a very entertaining little horror film, recommended for late-night viewing. Get it - you'll like it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting thriller from the 1980s January 30, 2011
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I agree with some previous reviewers in that Psycho is probably a major source of inspiration to this movie. However, that's not a unique sin to this one: many horror movies from 1980s and later have used the original Psycho plan. Despite that, the movie has a pretty descent script and acting if you take into account the standard for horror movies in the 1980s (e.g., Friday the 13th). Despite very few "fatal errors" that come with horror movies (e.g., the killer keeps coming back after being shot or heavy wounded), the movie has a good pace and is entertaining. I recommend it. Good DVD transfer and remastered sound. No subtitles are provided.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Slasher Fun February 22, 2010
This review contains a spoiler so don't read it if you haven't seen the movie already and don't want to know a plot twist.

Silent Scream came out fairly early in the slasher craze, it was being made right after the original Halloween and had many scenes added and/or reshot over the next year. Amazingly, the film didn't end up a disjointed mess, but is a reasonably stylish, though slow moving, trip into the early days of the genre, before excessive blood and guts took over post-Friday the 13th. Rebecca Balding (The Boogens and t.v.'s Soap) is an engaging and cute lead, and unlike many of these types of actresses, she can act. Some of the supporting cast is not as good, but the worst offenders are killed by the 2/3 mark. Barbara Steele and Yvonne DeCarlo don't have big parts, but make the most of their screen time.

*** Spoiler ahead ***
Barbara manages to be quite scary in her part as a mute and very crazy daughter/mother/sister. The scene where she attacks Rebecca is really unnerving.
*** End of Spoiler ***

The print on the DVD is very good as is the sound for a low budget flick over 30 years old. The extras are great, especially the informative and amusing discussion with Rebecca and the Wheat brothers, who stepped in and re-wrote the script to make it salable. They went on to write Pitch Black and Nightmare on Elm Street 4 among others and they have funny anecdotes about this film and some of their others.

Though not in the same league as Halloween, the film is entertaining if you don't go in expecting excessive gore and a high body count, though the end turns deadly.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Steele Returns!!!! August 12, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
It would have been a typical 80's horror flick except the nice camera work and Barbara Steele (famous for her Italian horror films in the 60's) make it all worthwhile! Not overly bloody, some fun characters and a decent plot. Yvonne DeCarlo (Lily Munster) is perfectly cast as Barbara's creepy mother. Check out Barbara Steele in Pit and The Pendulum, Black Sunday, Castle Of Blood if you like 60's horror. Also Shivers and Piranha (70's). Of course her fans loved her in the remake of Dark Shadows in 1990.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Old time favorite
Old time favorite
Published 2 months ago by Tracy
2.0 out of 5 stars Good score.
The Hitchcock/Herrmann homage in the opening credits unwisely sets this one up for disappointment from the start. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel Silverman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
I have been searching for this movie for 20yrs. I remembered it from when I was a kid at the drive in with my folks. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rita Pacheco
4.0 out of 5 stars Great old school horror
The same movie that I remember seeing in the theaters when i was a kid. Great movie and good for sitting at home on a movie day.
Published 10 months ago by Alisha
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Scorpion Releasing.
This is a classic horror film from the early-80's with many strange situations, some bloody murders and a surprise or two at the end.
Published 10 months ago by Fred Adelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly well done
It had been quite some time since I last saw Silent Scream, that previous time having been on VHS. After seeing it again on dvd, I felt a review was necessary. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David M. Rossi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror Movie!
I saw thus when it first came out and I was 10! My first horror movie! It was just as good 33 yrs later!
Published 15 months ago by deanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80s slasher flick
I remember seeing this movie as a teenager in the early 80s but had not seen it in over 25 years when I decided to purchase the DVD. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. FELAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of What Lurks in the Attic...
The plot of "Silent Scream" is a good, if not somewhat rehashed formula...student looks for a place to live off campus, can't find anywhere that suits her needs, and then discovers... Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly underrated!
We liked it, it told a tale without going overboard with the gore.Horror movies used to accomplish this with success, and this was a throwback to those times.
Published 19 months ago by Ramsey
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