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Silent Madness (1984)

A criminally insane man is accidentally released from a mental hospital. The staff tries to cover it up, but a young psychiatrist travels to the college town where he committed several murders to warn the locals and anticipate his arrival.


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 ... Howard Johns
Sydney Lassick ... Sheriff Liggett
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 ... Pam
Katherine Kamhi ... Jane
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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Originally released in both 3-D and 2-D. 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 »


Sheriff Liggett: Just because a goddamn broad is so good-looking, don't mean we all have to think with our d*cks!
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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 Method to the Madness: The Making of Silent Madness (2020) See more »

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Somewhat Bland
16 January 2021 | by glenmatisseSee all my reviews

Mostly predictable slasher flick with one nice twist towards the end and some fun 3D effects. The story itself sounds more interesting on paper than it ends up in the film, but it's anchored by a great performance by Belinda Montgomery who seems to think she's in a much classier film than she is. Viveca Lindfors chews up the scenery in the best way as the housemother of a sorority where a series of brutal murders took place. It's not a movie you'll remember much about when it's over, but it's not the worst way to spend 90 minutes of your time.

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Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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