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Director:
Writers:
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Release Date:
7 August 1980 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Terror so sudden there is no time to scream. See more »
Plot:
Scotty moves into Mrs. Engels' seaside mansion where three other college students are boarding. Mrs... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A 'cut above' the usual slasher. See more (39 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:
Murray Langston originally played the part of Mason, which was radically different from the character Brad Reardon 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 »
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 The Being (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Love You Baby, Oh Baby I DoSee more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A 'cut above' the usual slasher., 4 November 2000
Author: verna55 from cincinnati, ohio

Four college-bound students arrive too late for on-campus housing and are then forced to rent rooms in the creepy old hilltop mansion inhabited by a weird family hiding a dark and disturbing secret. Yvonne De Carlo is the mysterious matriarch who always stays upstairs and always seems to be guarding the attic, and Brad Rearden is her strange son. Cameron Mitchell and Avery Schreiber are detectives called in to investigate when a brutal murder occurs at the eerie place. There's also a nice role for sixties scream queen Barbara Steele. I"ll admit, before I actually saw the film I thought, considering the release date and R rating, that this was just going to be another one of those bloody teen slasher flicks. I couldn't have been more wrong! There actually is a plot, a surprisingly low body count, and even the few characters that do get knocked off are appealing in their own strange way, so you can't help but care what happens to these people. And above all, there is some terrific suspense sequences. It usually takes alot to get my adrenaline running, but at some points in the film, I literally jumped out of my seat! Any horror movie that can do this for me is truly something special. It appears to have been made on a small budget, but the cast handles it all so professionally that it hardly matters. Indeed, there are some real professionals involved, including horror mavens Barbara Steele and Yvonne DeCarlo. Unfortunately, it's a tough movie to find and not likely to be sitting on the shelf of your local retail/rental store, but it's well worth the extra effort.

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