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Silent Scream [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Rebecca Balding , Cameron Mitchell , Denny Harris    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rebecca Balding, Cameron Mitchell, Avery Schreiber, Barbara Steele, Steve Doubet
  • Directors: Denny Harris
  • Writers: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, Wallace C. Bennett
  • Producers: Denny Harris, Jim Wheat, Joan Harris, Ken Wheat
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Scorpion Records
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LBGB7W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,517 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Scream, lost classic 16 April 2012
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Silent Scream was one of the first "slasher" films released in the 1980s. It certainly predates Friday the 13Th. In truth it was more or less a completed movie in 1977, but was extensively recast and re-shot a year or so later. It was also fairly a big hit, pulling in around $16,000000 dollars ( about 45 to 50 million in today's money). However, it sort of disappeared.

The story is simple. Rebecca Spalding. finds student digs in a beach front house. Pretty soon people turn up missing (I love that oxymoron) or dead. The build up and resolution are very atmospheric and are good examples of the diversity of slashers before the rules were fixed. The acting is generally way above average for the genre. The direction is clearly Hitchcockian as is the score, which nods at Vertigo. Sadly, Silent Scream's lack of availability ensured that it never really built up more than a very small cult in later years. Thematically it is similar, but IMO far superior, to The Unseen. There's a very effective hanging scene and the final act is well constructed. Barbara Steele turns up and is wonderfully intense.

Scorpion do great job with print. Amongst the extras, there are good making of interviews, a nice commentary. If you're a serious 80s slasher fan this a must.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great release of an excellent thriller. 4 Feb 2010
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As a late entry to college young student scotty (played well by Rebecca Balding from the boogens, another minor classic) is unable to secure campus accomadation and take a room in a seemingly idyllic little sea front house run by an elderly woman who never seems to come out of her room and her son a creepy kid with glasses who spends an awful lot of time watching westerns or violent sex films on his black and white telly when he's not watching scotty or any of the other students renting rooms. Pretty soon the students begin to get killed off one by one and scotty must uncover the dark secret of the engels boarding house.
Silent scream is by no means an origional film but its certainly an effective one, Ken and jim wheat who also wrote pitch black, fly 2, and nightmare on elm street deliver a straightforward but effective chiller which Direector Denny Harris injects with ample amounts of suspense. It helps of course, that the film has a great cast including horror icons Cameron Mitchell and Barbara Steele lending their talents and also a great musical score that suits the movie perfectly. Overall this is a great little movie thats well worth watching.
Scorpion releasing, who appear to be the new kids on the block for releasing genre movies on dvd have done an excellent job with this release with supurb picture and sound quality and plenty of extras including a wheat bros. Commentary track and three featurettes plus a rare audio interview with the director. This is definately a disc to buy!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Silent sleep, scream for horror 12 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
I hate to write a negative review for low-budget horror, my favourite movie genre, and was genuinely excited by the prospect of Silent Scream. Having never seen the film back in the 1980's during my BETA/VHS initiation into un-televised horror films and after reading on IMDB the many favourable user comments I thought I had to buy what seemed to be one that went under my radar back in the day.
How wrong I was, apart from the fairly atmospheric slow-motion prologue and one effectively creepy slow-motion camera point-of-view exploration of a basement, this film literally put me to sleep. Cameron Mitchell dials in his performance as if after swallowing a bottle of mogadons. Barbara Steele is effective, though by the time she makes her appearance I was in the land of nod, having to watch the film again to catch up with her performance. The rest of the actors aren't too bad, but failed to engage me in their story. The romance between the female lead and fellow male college student has all the chemistry of washing powder and so ineffectually overplayed as to make me question the film-makers intent; leaving me incredulous and distracted into mild anger. The too few horror elements are delivered without requisite bite or panache or at least explicitly visceral enough for the time period Silent Scream was made and the whole endeavour whilst not incompetent moves along like a slug in treacle.
The score is unmemorable; I can't recall it as I write this, having watched the film recently. Bottom line being my lack of concern for anyone involved, probably the worse crime a filmmaker can commit and doubly so for a horror film.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Available on DVD! 8 Oct 2009
By R. Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been waiting ages for this horror flick to be released on DVD. At last, the moment has arrived! This 1980 film has all the elements of a good horror movie: suspense, creepy characters and settings, and chilling music. It even has a few lines of cheesy dialogue (something no horror flick should be without!). The plot is interesting and has a number of twists - including the revelation of a family secret, which leads to grave consequences.

College student Scotty Parker (Rebecca Balding) is unable to find on-campus housing. As a result, she rents a room at the Engels seaside mansion, which has been turned into a boarding house. Three other students also rent rooms there. When one of them is found murdered on the nearby beach, the police (Cameron Mitchell, Avery Schreiber) begin an investigation - with a special focus on the Engels family - but can they solve the mystery before the other students meet the same grisly fate?

Barbara Steele delivers a terrifying, outstanding performance as the mute and disturbed Victoria Engels. Her eyes alone are enough to frighten you. Yvonne De Carlo, in her 50s at the time, plays her mother and also delivers a credible, albeit brief, performance. The pair is perfectly cast, due to both their talent and very noticeable resemblance.

Special features include the following:

* Mastered in HiDef from the Original InterPositive
* Brand New 5.1 Surround Sound
* Audio commentary with Writer/Producers Ken and Jim Wheat, and star Rebecca Balding
* Three all-new Featurettes: "Scream of Success: 30 Years Later," "Silent Scream: The Original Script," and "The Wheat Bros: A Look Back"
* Director Denny Harris' Final Audio Interview
* Theatrical Trailer
* TV Spot

I am definitely looking forward to owning this movie on DVD...finally. Many thanks to those who made it happen!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC that needs to be on DVD!!! 23 Dec 2003
By Mr. KnowItAll - Published on Amazon.com
They just don't make them like this antmore! The 80's was a FANTASTIC decade for horror films. I can think of a dozen that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and then make you SCREAM! This film is done very well! It really makes you feel as though YOU are the one being stalked by the homicidal maniac! GREAT characters and dialogue. I would reccomend this movie to any TRUE HORROR FAN! Watch it with your girlfriend...she'll NEED your comforting touch :-)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap But Good 9 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Although this is obviously a low-budget film, it is far better than most of its more expensive brethren. It is suspenseful, almost frightening in places, and with an interesting twist at the end. Although looking somewhat chunky, Yvonne DeCarlo turns in a credible performance as the proprietress of a rooming house which is also inhabited by her insane daughter. Comedian Avery Schreiber, in the role of a detective, is also rather good. In all, it is a very entertaining little horror film, recommended for late-night viewing. Get it - you'll like it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting thriller from the 1980s 30 Jan 2011
By Luis - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with some previous reviewers in that Psycho is probably a major source of inspiration to this movie. However, that's not a unique sin to this one: many horror movies from 1980s and later have used the original Psycho plan. Despite that, the movie has a pretty descent script and acting if you take into account the standard for horror movies in the 1980s (e.g., Friday the 13th). Despite very few "fatal errors" that come with horror movies (e.g., the killer keeps coming back after being shot or heavy wounded), the movie has a good pace and is entertaining. I recommend it. Good DVD transfer and remastered sound. No subtitles are provided.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Slasher Fun 23 Feb 2010
By Kurt Stefan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This review contains a spoiler so don't read it if you haven't seen the movie already and don't want to know a plot twist.

Silent Scream came out fairly early in the slasher craze, it was being made right after the original Halloween and had many scenes added and/or reshot over the next year. Amazingly, the film didn't end up a disjointed mess, but is a reasonably stylish, though slow moving, trip into the early days of the genre, before excessive blood and guts took over post-Friday the 13th. Rebecca Balding (The Boogens and t.v.'s Soap) is an engaging and cute lead, and unlike many of these types of actresses, she can act. Some of the supporting cast is not as good, but the worst offenders are killed by the 2/3 mark. Barbara Steele and Yvonne DeCarlo don't have big parts, but make the most of their screen time.

*** Spoiler ahead ***
Barbara manages to be quite scary in her part as a mute and very crazy daughter/mother/sister. The scene where she attacks Rebecca is really unnerving.
*** End of Spoiler ***

The print on the DVD is very good as is the sound for a low budget flick over 30 years old. The extras are great, especially the informative and amusing discussion with Rebecca and the Wheat brothers, who stepped in and re-wrote the script to make it salable. They went on to write Pitch Black and Nightmare on Elm Street 4 among others and they have funny anecdotes about this film and some of their others.

Though not in the same league as Halloween, the film is entertaining if you don't go in expecting excessive gore and a high body count, though the end turns deadly.
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