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Scotty moves into Mrs. Engels' seaside mansion where three other college students are boarding. Mrs. Engels prefers to stay in her room in the attic, but her son Mason helps the students ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Balding ...
Scotty Parker
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Lt. Sandy McGiver
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Sgt. Manny Ruggin
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Victoria Engels
Steve Doubet ...
Jack Towne
Brad Rearden ...
Mason Engels
John Widelock ...
Peter Ransom
Jack Stryker ...
Police Chief
Thelma Pelish ...
Housing Lady
Tina Tyler ...
Victoria at 16
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Mrs. Engels
Juli Andelman ...
Doris Prichart
Annabella Price ...
TV Rape Victim
Joe Pronto ...
TV Rapist
Jason Zahler ...
Mason at 3
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Scotty moves into Mrs. Engels' seaside mansion where three other college students are boarding. Mrs. Engels prefers to stay in her room in the attic, but her son Mason helps the students get settled. Soon one of the students is killed. The policemen on the case begin uncovering the Engels family secret as the remaining students become endangered. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Terror so sudden there is no time to scream. See more »

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The story Rebecca Balding tells about her falsies falling out was ad-libbed and true. See more »

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When Mason and Mrs. Engle are struggling to gain control of the pistol, several shots are fired. In the close ups, you can see that the hammer is forward. The pistol used is a model 1911 variant and will not fire unless the hammer is cocked to the rear. See more »

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Referenced in The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees (2002) See more »

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I Love You Baby, Oh Baby I Do
Words and Music by Roger Kellaway
Vocal Solo by Ken Barrie
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Downbeat spawn of "Psycho"
6 January 2006 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

A cloying atmosphere. A large, wooden mansion close to the beach. A camera prowling the hallways. An arm grabbed in a crawlspace. Barbara Steele. The strange, bespecled son who puts on an old army uniform and stays in his room. The mother we rarely see. The grim tone.

I recall these fleeting aspects of "Silent Scream" and I recall the trailer featuring the arm grabbed.

The film is not very bloody and not a lot happens, but director Denny Harris chooses to focus on the dysfunctional family who rent rooms to college students. One of them, Rebecca Balding, a strong, no-nonsense actress, cottons on to what's happening and starts to investigate.

Although the film was inspired by Halloween, it plays more like "Psycho" or "Terror House" and benefits from its downbeat look and score.


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