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Scream for Help (1984)

 -  Horror | Mystery | Crime  -  July 1984 (USA)
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A teenaged girl discovers that her stepfather is trying to murder her and her mother, but when she tells people, no one will believe her.



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Credited cast:
Rachael Kelly ...
Christie Cromwell
Marie Masters ...
Karen Cromwell Fox
Paul Fox (as David Brooks)
Lolita Lorre ...
Brenda Bohle
Lacey Bohle
Josh Dealey
Sandra Clark ...
Janey Ralston
Tony Sibbald ...
Bob Dealey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Baxt ...
Jerry - mechanic
Bruce Boa ...
Sarah Brackett ...
School Secretary
Clare Burt ...
Patty Sea
Antonio Cantafora ...
Man At Motel (as Michael Corby)
Joel Cutrara ...
Tony Cyrus ...


A teenaged girl discovers that her stepfather is trying to murder her and her mother, but when she tells people, no one will believe her.

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Alone and afraid... was she imagining or was it real... See more »


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Janey: It's because you're still a virgin that you're so upset.
Christie Cromwell: I'm upset because my stepfather just tried to kill my mother.
Josh Dealey: No shit.
Christie Cromwell: I'm not kidding, your father's over at our house investigating it right now.
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Fantastic trash
5 December 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

This is fantastic trash from one of the most accomplished trash directors, Michael Winner . It is "The Girl Who Cried Wolf" and that wolf is her stepdaddy (David Brooks). Like most of Winner's work, it is loud, as subtle as a sledgehammer, full of nasty expletives and downright mean-spirited. If that's not a hard enough sell for you, it's also filled with sleazy sex and there's a sexual assault.

Say what you want about the man, but Winner does deliver. He attacks his genre work with enthusiasm and a healthy dollop of offensiveness. He's not afraid to alienate more sensitive viewers and he never goes for suggestion when a lurid close-up will do.

The idea of showing everything from the perspective of a young girl is a good one and it's novel to watch little Rachael Kelly, as Christie Cromwell, riding around on her bike as she pokes her nose into her stepdaddy's sordid affairs.

The film's final half hour is a rocket ride of sleaze, violence and brutality and testament to Winner's blazing talent for garish overstatement.

You'll be a better human being if you miss this, but a lesser trash monger.

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