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Silent Madness (1984)

After a computer glitch accidentally releases a homicidal maniac, his doctor and some hospital staff track a trail of bodies to the sorority house where the killer committed his earlier crimes.

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Dr. Joan Gilmore
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Mrs. Collins
Solly Marx ...
Howard Johns
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Sheriff Liggett
David Greenan ...
Mark McGowan
Roderick Cook ...
Dr. Kruger
Stanja Lowe ...
Dr. Anderson
Ed Van Nuys ...
Dr. Van Dyce
Dennis Helfend ...
Virgil
Philip Levy ...
Jesse
Tori Hartman ...
Pam
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Jane
Katie Bull ...
Cheryl
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Michael
Jeffrey Bingham ...
John Howard
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A homicidal maniac is accidentally released from a hospital because of a computer error and heads to the site (a sorority) of his past murders to continue his penchant for mayhem. Dr. Joan Gilmore takes off after him while the hospital administrators cover up the mistake and send some staff thugs out to get both the doctor and the escaped lunatic. Written by Ørnås

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Mrs. Collins: All right girls listen up. This is probably a simple prank. Just to be safe I want you to lock up and stay together.
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Overall, pretty weak.
6 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was considering giving this film a rating of 6 stars as I was watching it, up until the second half began. Then it started losing interest, becoming slow and lifeless and without suspense or tension. The one exception was the Sheriff character (he's the highlight of Silent Madness); he was hilarious, his lines were so funny and outrageous. Other than him, it is a boring, not-worth-watching second half. The sorority girls are really annoying, the house mother's acting is uncompelling, the scary scenes not real scary (but yes, the manner of some of the killings was unique and well-done). I presume the title of the movie refers to the killer's not ever uttering a single word the entire time. His looks and facial expressions don't come across as particularly psychotic or creepy. The lead male (newspaper editor) is a nothing-special character and his acting is mediocre. The two thugs are ridiculous and unreal characters. (Although the hospital parts at the beginning are pretty good). The secret "backroom" of the hospital where they are holding some patients in isolation and doing evil stuff to them (what are they doing exactly?) is not sufficiently explained. And the leading lady's motives for going up to the town and sorority house, and police station, to try to look at files to get background information on the killer also are not explained--and don't make sense. She is not there with the thought of hunting him and bringing him back--she does not suspect he is going to be there--he just happens to show up. So what was her point in trying to find out more facts about him and the original murders? What did she hope to do with this information? Finally, the twist ending was nothing to write home about. And the romantic interest aspect between the leading lady and newspaper editor was just tacked on. Never quite seen a movie like this where the first half was watchable and enjoyable and the second half just went to heck-- except for the Sheriff, really. With all this said, maybe you still want to watch it to see if you agree with my assessment of it.


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