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The Silent Scream (1979)

R | | Horror, Thriller | 1980 (USA)
During her first semester at college, a co-ed finds housing at a seaside mansion where, following the death of a fellow-student, she becomes entangled in a murder mystery surrounding the property and it's secretive tenants.

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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
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Jack Towne
Brad Rearden ...
Mason Engels
John Widelock ...
Peter Ransom
Jack Stryker ...
Police Chief
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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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Horror | Thriller

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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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I Love You Baby, Oh Baby I Do
Words and Music by Roger Kellaway
Vocal Solo by Ken Barrie
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Nice homage to Psycho.
30 August 2010 | by (FrightMeter.Com) – See all my reviews

College student Scotty Parker waits too long to apply for on campus housing and as a result must rent a room at a spooky seaside mansion owned by the equally spooky Engels family. Soon, one of the other college student renters is brutally murdered and Scotty unknowingly begins to unravel the secrets of the Engels family and the murders.

The creepy, atmospheric little gem is a homage to Psycho through and through. Though it is a slow-burner, there is always an uneasiness present as the viewer is made aware through minor clues that something is not right with the Engels family. There is little to no gore; instead the focus on on building tension leading into the frantic and frenzied climax. Barbara Steele steals the film without saying a word and her performance will certainly give you chills. Highly underrated and one of the better entries into the early 80's slasher genre, though today's audience may be turned off by the slow pace.

FrightMeter Grade: B


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