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A group of friends on a rafting trip down a river stop in at an old ghost town to spend the night. Soon their rafts disappear, and then they begin to be eliminated one by one by a mysterious killer. | Add synopsis »
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Pepper Martin ... Bob

Hank Worden ... John

Ethan Wayne ... Stan
Ann Bronston ... Marion
Julie Marine ... Laura
Nancy St. Marie ... Adriana
Joseph Alvarado ... Rudy
Alvy Moore ... Allen
Bobby Diamond ... Rod
John Nowak ... Jerry
Joe Allaine ... Lou
Cynthia Faria ... Janice
Bella Bruck ... Maggie
Dee Cooper ... Fred
Bob Macgonigal ... Andy
Gino Difirelli ... Len A. Lemont
Gregg Palmer ... Ross

Woody Strode ... Charlie Winters

Directed by
Byron Quisenberry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Byron Quisenberry 

Produced by
Hal Buchanan .... producer
Richard L. Diamond .... co-producer
Clara Huff .... producer
Gary Jensen .... associate producer
Richard Pepin .... co-producer
Byron Quisenberry .... executive producer
Larry Quisenberry .... producer
Robert Witty .... associate producer
Original Music by
Joseph Conlan 
Cinematography by
Richard Pepin  (as Rick Pepin)
Film Editing by
B.W. Kestenberg 
Set Decoration by
Catherine Duncan 
Costume Design by
C.L. Huff 
Makeup Department
C.L. Huff .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fred Allison .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Allison .... assistant director
Art Department
Brian Depew .... painter
Barbara J. Wade .... sculpturer
Sound Department
Harold Beiben .... sound
Larry Dippel .... sound effects
Steve Malito .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Richard Miller .... special effects
Keith Lane Jensen .... stunts (as Keith Jensen)
Paula Marie Moody .... stunt coordinator
Paula Marie Moody .... stunts
John Nowak .... stunt coordinator
John Nowak .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Armando Alvarado .... grip
Rick Faigh .... gaffer (as Rik Faigh)
Michele Pepin .... still photographer
Newton TerMeer .... grip (as Tom Ter Meer)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sally Kleiman .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Don Hawthorne .... post-production coordinator
Don Jarrell .... post-production coordinator
Linda Rubenstein .... post-production coordinator
Russ Wooward .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robert Battaglia .... music engineer
Rocky Davis .... musician (as Byron 'Rocky' Davis)
George Doering .... musician
Nathan East .... musician
Other crew
Anne Burkhead .... production assistant
Linda Chason .... production assistant
Don Davis .... consultant
Marion L. Dew .... consultant
C.L. Huff .... caterer
C.L. Huff .... nurse
Jim Klein .... production accountant
Faith Powell .... production assistant
Phyllis Quisenberry .... production assistant
Barbara Wade .... production assistant
Dwight Walsh .... publicist
Linda Walsh .... publicist

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Also Known As:
"The Outing" - USA (reissue title)
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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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The motorcycles were dune buggies in an earlier draft of the script.See more »


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Pretty Bad, But Has Some Redeeming Qualities, 25 May 2012
Author: ObscureCinema101 from United States

SCREAM is one of those movies that everyone hates, and it's perfectly understandable why (this is one of the only slashers I've seen where, so far, every single review on IMDb has been negative). However, I managed to find the good in this movie that everyone else is overlooking.

A group of people (it's never explained if they're friends, coworkers, family members, or what) are on a rafting trip down the Rio Grande when they decide to spend the night in an abandoned ghost town miles away from civilization. Soon, one of them is killed. Then another. And another. Could it be someone in the group? Or is it an outsider? Or could it even be something that isn't quite human?

Yes, SCREAM is indeed one of the slowest slashers of the decade. It is also one of the least bloody. But still, there's a certain charm under all the crap that doesn't quite make its way through to the audience. First off, SCREAM is a slow-burn in every meaning of the term. The film sets its own pace (that of a snail) and follows it all throughout. But you know what? I like that. It's a nice, mellow movie that I would pair with THE PREY (1984) as far as movies I would want to watch at three in the morning go. You fall asleep during HALLOWEEN? You miss plot points! You fall asleep during SCREAM? You miss absolutely nothing!

SCREAM is also a movie completely drenched in atmosphere. Any serious-minded horror flick featuring a ghost town is bound to be creepy, and this is no exception. The film opens on a rather creepy note with the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker wax figures all in row. The camera zooms in on a clock striking midnight, the camera pans back, the butcher's cleaver has blood on it, and the other two figurines' heads have been lopped off. Then the butcher's eyes move! Another standout scene is when one character finds he is trapped in a room with something in one of the sleeping bags and breathing heavily.

Both a good and a bad thing is that the characters are really stupid! They constantly go by themselves into dark rooms after people have been killed, and it is a good thing because it does manage to generate some suspense. I guess we're supposed to assume supernatural forces are making them do this, but it is never fully explained.

Another complaint people have is that nothing is ever explained in this movie. I'm guessing the audience is supposed to assume that the ghost of a pirate is killing off these people. Also, the film sets up a huge body count in this large group of vacationers, yet most of them survive, including every single female! That's certainly a rarity in the subgenre, and I liked how they at least mixed things up a little bit (as well as making a lot of the characters middle-aged).

The acting was a mishmash of good and bad, with some actors looking really invested in the film and others looking like they're reading their lines off a teleprompter. Some of the bad writing does lead to some pretty unintentionally funny moments (one character screaming is head off and running away when a spider crawls on his hand, then just standing there in a state of shock when one of the characters is murdered just one or two feet away from him), and some funny dialogue ("I won't let anyone tell me what to do, especially a FEMALE!")

This isn't really an accomplished film (it's obviously made by a first-time director, actors, and, well, basically everyone) by any means, but I found it to be an alright timewaster, especially if you're feeling drowsy but you need to watch a movie before you go to bed. Or if you have insomnia. Take your pick, but just watch it no matter what the case. Unfortunately, both of this film's titles (SCREAM and THE OUTING) have been taken by later and better films (THE OUTING was a great 1987 killer genie flick).

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