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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.

Director:

Simon Nuchtern

Writers:

Bob Zimmerman (screenplay) (as Robert Zimmerman), Bill Milling (screenplay) (as William P. Milling) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Belinda Montgomery ... Dr. Joan Gilmore
Viveca Lindfors ... Mrs. Collins
Solly Marx Solly Marx ... Howard Johns
Sydney Lassick ... Sheriff Liggett
David Greenan David Greenan ... Mark McGowan
Roderick Cook Roderick Cook ... Dr. Kruger
Stanja Lowe Stanja Lowe ... Dr. Anderson
Ed Van Nuys Ed Van Nuys ... Dr. Van Dyce
Dennis Helfend Dennis Helfend ... Virgil
Philip Levy Philip Levy ... Jesse
Tori Hartman Tori Hartman ... Pam
Katherine Kamhi ... Jane
Katie Bull Katie Bull ... Cheryl
Rick Aiello ... Michael
Jeffrey Bingham Jeffrey Bingham ... John Howard
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Storyline

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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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beautiful Screamers See more »

Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many viewers have speculated that the character of Dr. Krueger and the boiler room scenes are references to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). However, Silent Madness was actually shot in 1983 prior to the release of the A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Gilmore checks the computer and realizes that Howard Johns was released by mistake, the information (list) on the screen completely changes in each shot. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema and video releases were edited by the BBFC as follows, with the cuts carried over to the 2002 DVD release:
  • When the woman's head is crushed in a vice, all close-ups are removed, along with all shots of blood.
  • The sight of a dart embedded between a woman's breasts is taken out.
  • Sexual dialogue about a syringe being twisted in a female doctor's buttocks is cut ("And when her pants are down...you get my drift, pal?").
  • Shots of a deep gash in a woman's back and blood/gore on the weapon are removed.
  • We do not see the electric prod superimposed over a female victim's face.
  • The sequence in which a drill penetrates a man's skull is largely edited out.
  • The scene of the doctor being chased through the air vent is shortened, with shots of spinning blades removed.
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Features Dragon's Lair (1983) See more »

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Seen it all before...
12 July 2013 | by natashabowiepinkySee all my reviews

A dangerous lunatic escapes from a mental hospital. A girls college is nearby. You figure out what happens next. And if you can't, you haven't seen enough movies. Or I've watched too many. Anyhoo, as the body count rises and we get a couple of obligatory boob shots, no-one believes the one sane female doctor who knows what's going on, so she sets out to stop the guy herself. After all, those vestal virgins ain't gonna be much use in a fight...

Apart from a nostalgic glance at an old Dragon's Lair arcade machine, there is NOTHING that separates this from the surfeit of others slashers from the 80's. Bad hair, awful editing and plot holes are here in abundance. Why for instance, when our mad psycho catches up with the good lady doctor, is she the only victim he doesn't dispatch straightaway... He ties her up (not very well) thus giving her a chance to escape. Not only is he crazy, but also incredibly dumb.

File under FORGETTABLE NONSENSE. Next... 4/10


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