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Scream for Help (1984)

R | | Horror, Mystery, Crime | July 1984 (USA)
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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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 cinema movie score composed by John Paul Jones formerly of the band Led Zeppelin. See more »

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Christie Cromwell: [trying to get out of the basement] Brenda! I have to pee!
Brenda Bohle: Squat and do it down there.
Christie Cromwell: The cops will find traces of urine, it won't add up when were supposed to have been murdered in our beds!
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Spaghetti Junction
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terrific suspenser
9 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Why does everyone bash this movie so much? What's wrong with the acting? What's wrong with the music? I thought it was nicely done, and became one of my favorite thrillers over the years. A teen girl suspects that her step dad is trying to off her mom so he can inherit her millions. The girl turns into a Nancy Drew type and starts tailing him over a period of days to see if she can get some dirt on him. She discovers he's having an affair and becomes the girl who knew too much as the step dad begins to go after her. It all leads to an awesome climax set in the family home, as the step dad and his lowlife cohorts hold the mother and daughter hostage. But the young schemer devises a way to thwart her captors and really turns the final half hour into an exciting finish. Beware though, the film is very graphic, both sexually and violently, but it's kept at a reasonable level (like two shots of Lorre topless, only one shot of Clark's gigantor boobs). As far as all the cast bashing goes, I really don't understand it. To begin with, Kelly is a beautiful, gifted actress whose career really should've taken off with this. Ok, so I had a crush on her, but still she carries the film perfectly. Brooks is sauve enough to pull off the step dad role and when he turns sinister in the end, he's great. Sisto nails his grungy, dirtbag character nicely, and Lorre is a gorgeous manipulator/femme fatale. Your only problem will be obtaining the film, which is very obscure and difficult to track down at video stores. But if you should find it, it should have no problem holding your attention, even if you (for whatever reason) laugh at it like these others have. Though I wont blame you for rolling your eyes at the sappy end credits song.


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