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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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Silent Madness
28 May 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Silent Madness is another obscure horror film from the 80's that has never found it's way into DVD. It was originally shot with 3-D "graphics", but I don't think it ever made it to theatres for it to be shown in that format. The plot is about a mental patient named Howard Johns who gets released from the hospital accidentally due to a computer error. When a psychiatrist Dr. Joan Gilmore discovers the mistake, she tries to alert the hospital's senior staff about it. However, they do not want to tarnish the reputation of the hospital so they cover it up and make it look like Howard Johns is dead.

Our main character Dr. Joan Gilmore makes her way up to the sorority house where the murders took place years prior and, with the help of a local newspaper reporter, manages to stay the night at the estate with a few girls. Her goal is to capture Howard Johns before he murders again. Eventually a few people are murdered, nothing really shocking or special about the kills. This movie for the most part has no gore at all. It's a very tame slasher flick compared to others. We also know who the killer is right away, so it takes away any sort of mystery or suspense. The best part of the whole film is the big chase scene at the end between Joan and the killer. There is also an interesting twist at the end which I could see coming early on.

Silent Madness is sort of a rip off of the original Halloween. The story involves a psychiatrist (like Dr. Loomis) who goes out to find a mental patient (like Michael Myers) who has been let out of the mental hospital . The acting in Silent Madness is pretty good, especially from Belinda Montgomery. But their are very little scares to be seen. I give credit for the unique idea of having it not just be "main girl v.s killer", but "main girl v.s hospital staff". Joan having to fight off deranged hospital attendants who are determined to cover up the release of Howard Johns adds a bit more to the movie and makes it different from your average eighties slasher.

5/10


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