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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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
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Murray Langston originally played the part of Mason, which was radically different from the character Brad Rearden embodied. Ken Wheat said Langston played "an offensively exaggerated gay character, very broad, supposedly villainous because he was gay." This characterization was the first thing changed when the Wheat brothers were brought in to overhaul the film. See more »
The door to Mrs. Engel's bedroom is diagonal from the doorway to the attic. However, when the hallway is seen through the attic doorway, there's only an empty wall across the hall. See more »
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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