Scream for Help (1984)

R  |   |  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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Debut theatrical feature film of actor Corey Parker. See more »


Christie Cromwell: [trying to get out of the basement] Brenda! I have to pee!
Brenda Bohle: So squat like a good girl.
Christie Cromwell: The police will find traces of urine, it won't make sense we were supposed to have been murdered in our beds!
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Referenced in Grindhouse (2007) See more »


Written by John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page
Performed by John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page
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Christie Cromwell - Bull in a china shop
25 April 2010 | by (Doomed Theater of Despair) – See all my reviews

Residing somewhere in a parallel dimension called "Scream for Help" where everybody is a scumbag reigns Christie Cromwell. Played with such over-the-top antics and foul-mouthed bombast by Rachael Kelly, this single performance makes this movie one of the sleaziest and most entertaining eighties bad movies I have ever seen. Young Christie thinks that Paul Fox, who has recently married Chrisite's mother Karen, is a conniving philanderer who is only after their money and wants the both of them dead. She's right of course but the problem is getting anyone to believe her since she's such an abrasive little bitch that nobody wishes to come near her let alone listen to her petty conspiracy theories. One morning she follows Paul on her bike until he motors away from her. Not one to be deterred easily Chrisite waits the next day until Paul drives by the spot she lost him at and continues to follow him. This goes on for about a week until she finds Paul's car outside a house. Christie looks into the window to see Paul engaged in a little back door sex with a mysterious woman which she promptly takes a picture of. This escalates the war between Paul and Christie with the dopey Karen caught in the middle trying to make nice with both of them. From here on you might need a shower as the seediness pours through every scene as Christie and Paul try to out scum each other. Along for the ride are Christie's acquaintances, I can't see her having any friends, the extremely large busted Janey (you'll know what I mean) and her boyfriend Josh. When Janey is run down by Paul Christie grieves like any good friend would do by losing her virginity to her boyfriend. This leads to one of the funniest lines when Josh comes over to see her only to be shot down when Christie says that she was looking for anyone to pop her cherry "even the garbage man". Wow! A final showdown ensues as Karen and Christie become hostages in their mansion as Paul, his partner/double crosser Brenda and her husband Lacey battle wits with the vicious teen. This movie is like a Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon if Road Runner was banging Wile E.'s mom. That's the best way I can describe this. Every time Christie thinks she's got Paul dead to rights he manages to get away unscathed. Plenty of nudity, profanity, and eighties cheesiness to keep even the most jaded of viewers with a smile on their face. "Scream for Help" is the very definition of why a really good "bad movie" trumps the pretentious crap that poses for theatrical fare today. Simply a must see for any fan of B-grade cinema.

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