Friday, October 21, 2011

31 Days Of 80's Movie Slashers: 10/21 - Silent Scream (1980)

Day Twenty-one:

Silent Scream
From American Cinema Releasing
Original Theatrical Release Date: August 7th 1980
DVD: Yes

Plot: A young college student unable to find student housing takes up residence at a creepy hilltop mansion which also houses other students. Soon her neighbors start to get killed off with signs pointing to creepy family members also living in the house.

Silent Scream is one of the more underrated Slasher Films of the era. It's feel is more in line with some of the Slashers of the 70's (The Film was original shot shot in 1977 and then re-shot in 1978). Atmosphere and mood takes precedence, and it's asks of it's audience to get caught up in it's mystery.

The very cute Rebecca Balding (The Boogens) is the leading lady here. Besides a very bad mop haircut, she's one of the more endearing actresses in Horror of the early 80's. The Picture also has supporting roles by the ever reliable character actors Cameron Mitchell and Avery Schreiber. With Horror icons Yvonne DeCarlo and Barbara Steele on hand to class up the joint with their distinct beauty and brand of crazy.

The body count is perhaps lower than the usual Slasher of the era (Produced pre-Friday The 13th), but the film makes the most of it's stalk and scares. This is sadly Director Denny Harris only Feature Film credit and the Picture was co-written by the Wheat Brothers, Ken and Jim. They would go on to write the screenplays for the underrated Lies, A Nightmare On Elm Street 4, The Fly II, the fun horror anthology After Midnight (which they also directed) and Pitch Black.

Hey you guys!

Watch Silent Scream when you're in the mood for something a bit off-kilter. You'll find some interesting characters, beautiful coastal California locations and a few nice surprises along the way. Just make sure to not check the attic. Barbara Steele might be up there waiting with something sharp.


1 comment:

Aaron said...

Glad to hear someone else is a fan of this. This was surprisingly atmospheric and a lot better than I ever would have expected it to be. I really dug Barbara Steele's character in this. And yes, I agree, Rebecca Balding is cute in this despite her atrocious hairdo.

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