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The Silent Scream (1979)

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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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Cameron Mitchell and Avery Schreiber were hired to work on the film for two days. Because of their short shooting schedule, most of their scenes were covered with two cameras. Without the knowledge of his agent, Mitchell returned for one afternoon to film a few pick-up shots and was paid $500 cash. 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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Creepy and nostalgic …
18 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie scared the bejezzus out of me when I was a kid. I think I was scarred for life. I haven't seen the movie since I was a kid, but at that age I went to see a movie more than once so I still recall the movie pretty well. Silent Scream was one of the first ‘psycho killer on a rampage' kinds of horror movies I had ever seen. Most of my childhood movie experiences were supernatural gore fests. I had gone through life blissfully believing that all things horrific where relegated to the realm of the supernatural, where they couldn't hurt me. That ended for me in the summer of 1980: the year Silent Scream and Friday the 13th came out. I was glued to my seat, eyes like saucers, watching some wacked-out person hacking people up with a butcher knife or trying to pull them through a hole in the attic wall so they could hack them up. It was pure magic for an adolescent boy. It didn't matter that there was no mystery to figure out. All that mattered was that I was getting the you-know-what scared out of me and loving it. I look back now and think of how truly silly those kinds of movies were but, hey, they were great summer entertainment for a junior high school kid. I still have a soft place in my heart for all of those mindless slasher movies. I would recommend Silent Scream for anyone who loves classic ‘80's horror (the best decade for horror in my opinion). Here are some other recommendations for horror/thriller from my childhood (I'll try to stick to the less well known ones): Humanoids from the Deep, The Boogens, The Boogeyman, Sleepaway Camp, Dead of Winter,Evil Speak, Scanners (well known but a must), Mausoleum, Motel Hell, Blood Beach, Happy Birthday to Me, April Fools Day, Sole Survivor, Galaxy of Terror. There is also from the seventies: Suspiria, Alice Sweet Alice, The Other, Burnt Offerings, Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things, Piranha and Giant Spider Invasion: most of which I saw in the eighties. There are a lot more that don't come to mind right away but suffice to say that I made it my goal to see all the horror movies I could when I was young and there were a ton of them. I'm sure I loved them all. Please feel free to contact me for any recommendations to give or receive.


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