Thursday, March 11, 2010

Silent Scream (1980)

3 / 5 Mar '10
Tagline: Terror so sudden there is no time to scream.
Directed by: Denny Harris
Written by: Wallace C. Bennett, Denny Harris
Actors include: Barbara Steele, Rebecca Balding, Cameron Mitchell
Genre: Horror
Length: 87 minutes
Banned: Nope

I hate to say that I wasn't very impressed by this one because it does have a few things going for it. It's relatively well made and it seems as though it might have been relatively successful in it's day upon release. The acting is relatively decent, and the plot isn't bad either, the ending is even a bit of a treat yet still something was missing. We meet a young Woman named Scotty who is desperate for a place to stay until she finds this house near the beach that is available. She moves in and meets her other roomies including her love interest Peter, chunky girl Doris, nerdly guy who's romancing Doris and one of the biggest dorks ever Mason. Mason's nutty Ma (Yvonne De Carlo) lives in the house too, but don't disturb her! After tons of dull getting to know our characters (who are some of the least attractive cast ever minus Barbara Steele) and letting romance bloom crap it does finally get to where there is some violence. Sure it has some elements of the classic Psycho but not really where it counts. The soundtrack was unappealing, I didn't honestly care what happened to any of the characters and I kept thinking that something more sinister was going on then what actually was. The plot is overly predictable, it isn't very bloody and the deaths aren't inventive and really it's all been done before. A lot of people really love this one so maybe it just kinda rubbed me the wrong way but still I think it's worth a viewing if only to see Steele's character.

Availability:  On DVD

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