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Release Date:
7 August 1980 (Australia) See more »
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Terror so sudden there is no time to scream. See more »
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Scotty moves into Mrs. Engels' seaside mansion where three other college students are boarding. Mrs... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Silent but deadly. See more (40 total) »

Cast

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Rebecca Balding ... Scotty Parker

Cameron Mitchell ... Lt. Sandy McGiver

Avery Schreiber ... Sgt. Manny Ruggin

Barbara Steele ... 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

Yvonne De Carlo ... Mrs. Engels
Juli Andelman ... Doris Prichart
Annabella Price ... TV Rape Victim
Joe Pronto ... TV Rapist
Jason Zahler ... Mason at 3
Joan Lemmo ... Rooming House Lady
Ernie Potvin ... Boarding House Husband
Virginia Rose ... Boarding House Wife
Ina Gould ... Landlady
Rachel Bard ... Nurse in Psycho Ward
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Directed by
Denny Harris 
 
Writing credits
Ken Wheat (written by) &
Jim Wheat (written by) and
Wallace C. Bennett (written by)

Produced by
Denny Harris .... executive producer
Joan Harris .... executive producer
Jim Wheat .... producer
Ken Wheat .... producer
Leslie Zurla .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Roger Kellaway 
 
Cinematography by
Michael D. Murphy 
David Shore 
 
Film Editing by
M. Edward Salier  (as Edward Salier)
 
Casting by
Leslie Zurla 
 
Production Design by
Chris Henry  (as Christopher Henry)
 
Costume Design by
Fredda Weiss 
 
Makeup Department
Dante .... makeup artist
Mary M. Hunter .... makeup artist
John Malone .... hairdresser (as John E. Malone)
 
Production Management
Carol Lee Emrich .... production manager
M. Edward Salier .... post-production supervisor (as Edward Salier)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leslie Zurla .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Feffer .... assistant property master
Skip Troutman .... property master
Peter Nigel Williams .... property master
McCoy Wood .... special construction consultant
 
Sound Department
Robert Glass .... dubbing
Larry Goga .... production sound mixer
Robert Knudson .... dubbing
Bonnie Kozek .... sound effects editor
Don MacDougall .... dubbing
 
Special Effects by
Steve Karkus .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Joe Pronto .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Barrett .... best boy (as Mike Barrett)
Alfred Del Boccio .... operator: chapman crane
Félix Enríquez Alcalá .... gaffer (as Felix Alcala)
Robert Fischer .... grip (as Bob Fisher)
David Gordon .... key grip (as David J. Gordon)
Denny Harris .... photographer: second unit
Rachael Jenkins .... electrician (as Rachel Jenkins)
Bruce Johnston .... generator operator
George MacDonald .... gaffer
Kerry Magness .... gaffer
William Mamches .... best boy
Bill Pecchi .... key grip (as Bill Pecchi Jr.)
George Posedal .... assistant camera (as George Posedel)
George Posedal .... photographer: second unit (as George Posedel)
Barbara Seiler .... still photographer
Stuart A. Spohn .... gaffer (as Stuart Spohn)
Robert Stern .... key grip
Bruce Ward .... grip
Jonathan Woolf .... key grip (as Jonathon J. Woolf)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Higby .... wardrobe
Betty M. Nowell .... wardrobe (as Betty Nowell)
 
Editorial Department
Mori Biener .... assistant post-production supervisor
Ann Hagerman .... assistant editor
Jack Hofstra .... additional editor
Richard Ross .... assistant editor
David Tour .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Tony Coe .... musician: saxophone solos
M. Edward Salier .... music editor (as Edward Salier)
 
Other crew
Jean Gonzales .... welfare teacher
Lori Hannigan .... caterer
Steven McGrew .... utility
Joan Newstrom .... location auditor
Ernie Potvin .... title designer
Trudi Reynolds .... caterer
Catherine Stoddard .... script supervisor
Mary Jo Thatcher .... production assistant
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Leslie Zurla .... location manager
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Silent Scream" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Trivia:
The hidden staircase from the basement to the attic was a single set. To achieve the illusion that it snaked up multiple stories, the lighting, cobwebs and furnace pipes were switched, with narrower pipes on the upper floors.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The camera and cameraman are reflected off of the shiny squad car parked in front of the police station.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Silent but deadly., 10 August 2012
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Unable to find accommodation on campus, pretty college student Scotty (Rebecca Balding) rents a room at an isolated seaside mansion, unaware that the owner Mrs. Engels (Yvonne De Carlo) keeps her lobotomised homicidal daughter Victoria (Barbara Steele) hidden in the house in a secret room. You can't keep a good psycho locked up for long though, and it's not long before Vicky is out and about getting stabby with the tenants...

The Silent Scream doesn't score many points for originality, its 'murderous insane relative' and 'old dark house' schtick hardly breaking new ground. But despite the over-familiarity of the material, and a disappointing lack of gore, The Silent Scream still manages to be an reasonably effective little horror/thriller thanks to solid direction from Denny Harris, who makes good use of his creepy location, and decent casting: Balding (The Boogens) makes for a very likable protagonist (of course, it doesn't hurt that she's very easy on the eye); De Carlo (Lily from The Munsters) is suitably creepy as the maniac's mother; Brad Rearden is convincingly freaky as Mrs. Engel's weirdo son Mason; and both Juli Andelman and John Widelock are more than irritating enough to make very deserving victims.

It is horror legend Steele, however, who 'steeles' the show; she might not have any lines of dialogue, but she still manages to make her character completely menacing.

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