Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Silent Madness (1984)

3.5 / 5 July '10
Tagline: Dare You Watch It Alone?
Directed by: Simon Nuchtern
Written by: Nelson DeMille, Bill Milling
Actors include: Belinda Montgomery, Viveca Lindfors, Solly Marx
Genre: Horror
Length: 92 minutes
Banned: Sweden

I liked this, it's actually a colorful little slasher film that although it doesn't offer much in the way of original thought it still is rather fun. That and it managed to have a death in it that I'd never seen before, and the acting is decent, especially from lead psychologist Dr. Gilmore (the mom from Doogie Houser MD.). This tale is about a paranoid psychotic who is accidentally released because his name is similar to another patient. This mental hospital is possibly the weirdest and most illogical one I've ever seen. Instead of admitting the error they lie about it pretending the dangerous guy is dead. Dr. Gilmore stumbles upon this problem and gets into it even thicker when she stays at a sorority house where the killer's murders started many years before. Small parts of it were intended to be in 3D which is unnecessary and useless considering I don't think a proper version of this exists with glasses and stuff. It's also got a ton of cutaway violence, if you like seeing the gruesome stuff this might disappoint as it's all offscreen. It does seem like it has a bit of a sense of humour and even a tad bit of tension here and there. Considering how rarely I've heard this film mentioned it's actually one of the better unknowns from the '80s, I'd say watch it if you like horror from this time.

Availability:  Not On DVD

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