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"Hammer House of Horror" The Silent Scream (1980)

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Francis Essex (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
25 October 1980 (Season 1, Episode 7)
When Chuck Spillers is released from prison, he tells his wife Annie that he had been visited by an old man... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Martin Blueck

Brian Cox ... Chuck

Elaine Donnelly ... Annie

Anthony Carrick ... Aldridge
Robin Browne ... Police Officer
Terry Kinsella ... Lionel

Episode Crew
Directed by
Alan Gibson 
Writing credits
Francis Essex (screenplay)

Produced by
Brian Lawrence .... executive producer
David Reid .... executive producer
Roy Skeggs .... producer
Original Music by
Leonard Salzedo 
Cinematography by
Frank Watts (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert C. Dearberg  (as Bob Dearberg)
Casting by
Eileen Garstka 
Production Design by
Carolyn Scott (designer)
Makeup Department
Eddie Knight .... makeup artist
Daphne Vollmer .... hair stylist (as Daphne Volmer)
Production Management
Ron Jackson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Baker .... assistant director
Art Department
Bob Bell .... assistant art director
Richard Rooker .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Peter Best .... dubbing editor
John Bramall .... sound recordist
Jack T. Knight .... dubbing editor (as Jack Knight)
Otto Snel .... dubbing mixer
Bryan Tilling .... dubbing editor (as Brian Tilling)
Special Effects by
Ian Scoones .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator
Steve Birtles .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Nightingale .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Marcel Durham .... music editor
Philip Martell .... music supervisor
Other crew
Lorely Farley .... continuity
Jack Gill .... presenter
Margaret Nicholas .... production assistant
Anthony Read .... story editor
Mike Widd .... production accountant
Callum McDougall .... production runner (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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52 min

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant Claustrophobic HHH Episode, 22 August 2009
Author: Bensch

Out of all "Hammer House of Horror" episodes, "The Silent Scream" was the one I was most looking forward to, and for good reasons. This seventh episode generally is the most anticipated one in the series, for starring the iconic Horror deity and Hammer-legend Peter Cushing (in my humble opinion one of the greatest actors who ever lived) as well as the great Scottish character actor Brian Cox (the first Hannibal Lecter). But even apart from the magnificent cast, director Alan Gibson's claustrophobic tale is by far the creepiest and most brilliant part of the 13-episode series, and it also ranks among the most chilling tales ever brought forth by the great Hammer Studios. The episode creates genuine creepiness by appealing to the primal fear of claustrophobia. Ex-convict Chuck (Brian Cox) comes out of prison, and visits Martin Blueck (Peter Cushing), an elderly pet-store owner who used to visit him in jail. Chuck is shocked, however, to find out that the kind old man has a sinister side, and a very macabre hobby... I don't want to give too much away, as all Horror fans should be able experience this macabre and spine-chilling tale for themselves, but I can assure that anyone who likes the show or Horror in general should better not miss this. Cushing is at his best in the role of the seemingly kindly elderly man who turns out to have an immensely sadistic side. Cox is also great in the lead, and Elaine Donelly is very good as his wife. Even though I still haven't seen the episodes "Charlie Boy" (Episode 6) and "The Mark of Satan" (Episode 13), I think it is safe to say that this is by far the greatest "Hammer House of Horror" episode, regarding acting, atmosphere and story-wise and a true must for all Horror fans. Not to be missed!

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