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Silent Madness (1984)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Joan Gilmore
Mrs. Collins
Solly Marx ...
Howard Johns
Sheriff Liggett
David Greenan ...
Mark McGowan
Roderick Cook ...
Dr. Kruger
Stanja Lowe ...
Dr. Anderson
Ed Van Nuys ...
Dr. Van Dyce
Dennis Helfend ...
Philip Levy ...
Tori Hartman ...
Katie Bull ...
Jeffrey Bingham ...
John Howard


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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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

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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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Referenced in Fright Show (1985) See more »

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4 November 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Although this movie falls into the horror genre, it's so rare because throughout the first hour it explores state mental hospitals and policies regarding the release of patients. In most other horror flix they'll show an asylum from time to time but here we get to see the shrinks having conferences. The dialouge between the doctors sounds very realistic. There trying to figure what to do because by computer error, a dangerous psychotic was released instead of a not so dangerous patient who had a similar name. This whole story is interesting because it was written by author and Vietnam veteran Nelson DeMille. And just when you think you've figured out the motive for the murders, a neat twist comes at you right before the movie ends.

The guy who plays the psycho, Solly Marx, is a stunt man in real life and does a great job here of acting insane. He swings a sledgehammer around as if it were a pool cue and stares at Belinda Montgomery with a sick, twitching look on his face. The security guard at the college who was down in the basement looked like the black guy from SLAUGHTER HIGH. As for the rest of the cast, Belinda Montgomery plays Dr. Joan Gilmore who is trying to find Marx before he murders more girls at the college. David Greenan is a local reporter for the town newspaper that helps her out. It's odd that Greenan has not done any acting since 1986. He looks like a decent actor here, so I really can't figure out why he didn't make more movies. As for Montgomery, I've never liked her. She's not a bad actress, but she's just not likable, no matter what she's in. I've seen her in Miami VICE playing Don Johnson's ex wife and on other TV movies, but she always comes across as cold and uptight, taking things too personally and not smiling enough.

This movie needs to be rediscovered by those that like good, solid mysteries. I'm sure it'll get a DVD release with all the toppings sometime in the future. The film was shot in 3D and on the VHS tape, you can see where some of those scenes must've looked real good at the cinema. The keyboard score is chilling at the right times. If it wasn't for the low budget, I'd give this movie a higher rating. As it is, I'm still recommending it.

Score, 6 out of 10 Stars

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