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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.


Simon Nuchtern


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




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


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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Filmed in New Jersey in 1983 under the title "Dark Sunday". Other alternate titles included "Beautiful Screamers", "The Omega Factor" and "The Nightkillers". See more »


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 »


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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Referenced in Fright Show (1985) See more »

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16 February 2002 | by cameraman_mike_2000See all my reviews

SILENT MADNESS (1984) ** (out of 4*'s) Director: Simon Nuchtern. Belinda Montgomery, Viveca Lindfors, Sydney Lassick.

Mental patient is accidently released from the hospital and instantly goes on a violent killing spree. Sound familiar? The patients doctor tracks him down to a sorority, his old home!

Familiar on all levels. Shown in 3-D in the theatres. For fans of the genre. NOTE: this film is extremely rare!

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Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

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Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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