Silent Rage (1982)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  2 April 1982 (USA)
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A sheriff tries to stop the killing spree of a mute maniacal murderer who, as the result of years of medical experimentation, has the ability to self-heal.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Tom Halman
Steven Keats ...
Dr. Philip Spires
Toni Kalem ...
Alison Halman
Dr. Paul Vaughn
John Kirby
Nancy Halman
Joyce Ingle ...
Mrs. Sims
Jay De Plano ...
Biker Leader (as Jay DePland)
Lillette Zoe Raley ...
Tatooed Biker Mama
Biker at Cafe
Linda Tatum ...
Biker Mama at Bar
Kathleen Lee ...
Biker Mama at Bar (as Kathy Lee)
Desmond Dhooge ...
Jimmy the Guard


Dan Stevens is the sheriff of a small Texas town who checks out a disturbance which turns to murder. The killer is still in the house and he tries to kill Dan, but Dan stops him and arrests him. The killer attempts to flee, but is shot and killed and is taken to a medical institute. Three doctors, led by Dr. Philip Spires, operates on the killer and brings him back to life using a formula that the three doctors made and the killer is made indestructable. Dr. Tom Halman tries to terminate the killer, but he and his wife are killed. After the two remaining doctors are killed, the killer goes after Dr. Halman's sister Alison, and it's up to Sheriff Dan Stevens to stop him. Written by Anonymous

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The king of martial arts versus a bionic killing machine! See more »


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Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das stumme Ungeheuer  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "Science created him. Now Chuck Norris must destroy him. He's an indestructible man fused with powers beyond comprehension. An unstoppable terror who in one final showdown, will push Chuck Norris to his limits. And beyond". See more »


When Allison closes the door that her brother is pinned on, his eyes move as the door closes and back to their usual position when the door opens. See more »


Alison Halman: It's no use, Dan. I just can't start seeing you again.
Sheriff Dan Stevens: Okay!
Alison Halman: Okay? You sure do give up easy. You really know how to make a girl feel good.
Sheriff Dan Stevens: I didn't say I give up. I just said okay.
Alison Halman: Okay, that's it! Fenito, the end of the chapter.
Sheriff Dan Stevens: You sure do give up easy.
Alison Halman: Yeah, I do!
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


It's the Time for Love
Music and Lyrics by Morgan Stoddard
Performed by Katey Sagal (as Katie Sagal)
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Chuck faces the bogeyman.
24 July 2007 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

A young, unstable man hacks to death the lady and man he lives with, and Texan Sheriff Dan Stevens comes face to face with the killer, to only see him gunned down by his men after he tries to escape when captured. At the hospital, he's pronounced dead, but secretly he's used in an experiment by some surgeons working on a formula to help the body genetically heal in quick succession. They thought they could control him and this development would bring them success, but now this homicidal murderer is an unstoppable killing machine and Sheriff Stevens and his rookie Deputy are on the trail.

Norris' fans might dig it, but others might find this cheap-jack b-film a boring chore. I thought it was fair. Anyhow who's the man, Chuck's the man. Not much of an actor though, but we know. He gets by with that golden blonde hair and legendary chop-suey who-ha…. And not forgetting that distinguishable fuzz above the lip. The premise is like an over-extended episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" meets John Carpenter's "Halloween (1977)". Actually a lot scenes and filming techniques closely resemble "Halloween" and even its first sequel, but the main difference it's headed by Norrissssssss. The far-fetched concept isn't bad with slasher tones, a lady in peril get-up and a mad scientist theme, but it throws so much in that there seems to be too much useless filler (like the corny romance sequences, biker trouble (nice work in the bar Chuck, but we already know how good you are), scientific moral dilemmas and non-effective comic humour) interrupting what could've been more fun. Silly it is to begin with, but do we want to see Norris romancing, or kicking ass? These redundant acts only slowed it up and got in the way on the main story. What outweighs the film is the weakly lacking script with many clumsy dialogues. Norris even gets time to share some heart-warming advice. Director Michael Millar starts off pretty slowly, but in the second half demonstrates well-shot camera placement and steady pockets of poignant tension. The atmospheric synthesizer score seemed to work. Chuck gets his hands dirty with some gusty scuffles involving the super-human killing machine, like the modest, if unspectacular showdown with him using his jump-kicks (in slow-motion of course) and sudden close-ups to show that focuses on his face. Norris' chimes in with a stoic performance, but goes gusty when the action calls. Brian Libby's menacingly towering figure is effective. Ron Silver sticks out as the humane doctor, while William Finley goes all-smarmy as deceitfully mad doctor looking for that Nobel Prize award. Stephen Furst as the overweight, downright clueless deputy was there for the laughs, but where were they. Toni Kalem looks all-sweet as Norris old flame.

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