The Silent Scream (1980)





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When the on-campus accommodations are all taken, a group of college students are forced to take rooms in the spooky house of Mrs. Engels and her strange son, Mason. When one of the kids turns up dead, the police launch an investigation, uncovering the bloody history of the mansion.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Rebecca Balding
as Scotty Parker
Yvonne De Carlo
as Mrs. Engels
Cameron Mitchell
as Lt. Sandy McGiver
Avery Schreiber
as Sgt. Rusin
Barbara Steele
as Victoria Engles
Jack Stryker
as Police Chief
Tina Taylor
as Victoria at 16
Annabella Price
as T.V. Rape Victim
Jason Zahler
as Mason at 3
Thelma Pelish
as Housing Lady
Joan Lemmo
as Rooming House Lady
Ina Gould
as Landlady
Virginia Rose
as Boarding House Wife
Ernie Potvin
as Boarding House Husband
Rachel Bard
as Nurse in Psycho Ward
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Critic Reviews for The Silent Scream

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The Silent Scream is something less than a classic of its genre, but still manages to be worth a look for aficionados of the era's horror films.

Full Review… | June 11, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Silent Scream


The crumbling seaside board house makes for a creepy setting to begin with, and this slasher ramps things up nicely in the latter half, building to a cat and mouse of a climax that actually left me a little nervy, as it's shot in a fairly unique and quiet manner that you don't find in a lot of horror films. Well worth a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Obscured Slasher film is a good little shocker, but one that relies on the traditional genre formula in order to create the carnage on-screen. What we have here is a film that is entertaining, but doesn't break new ground and it is predictable. Diehard Slasher fans will certainly love this one, especially if you enjoy obscured, forgotten horror films, Silent Scream is for you. The kills are well done, and there is a steady build up to the first murders, which gives the film a tense atmosphere. Even if it's not a perfect film, this is a must see for genre fans, and it works as mindless entertainment. While relying on the traditional genre elements, Silent Scream is still one of those obscured gems that will delight fans even if it's predictable. The performances are decent at best, but the strength of the film lies in its kill sequences which are well thought out and will certainly put you on the edge of your seat. If you love films like this, give this one a shot, but it does leave room for improvement and it is a film clearly has its limitations, but manages to be an entertaining Slasher yarn due to the fact that the film has good sequences of murder and a few tense moments. As a whole, it's not the worst in the genre, but is not the best either. As obscured Slashers are concerned, this one delivers, but it could have been rewritten to expand on its interesting ideas that the director tried to convey. Silent Scream is a must for genre fans but if you're keen on low budget shockers, then this one is not for you. Still for all its imperfections, it's an entertaining ride from start to finish and I had fun watching the film. I simply wish that the script could have be revised and its ideas refined to make this one truly standout.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


A pretty good story, it's more of a psychological thriller than a horror movie, like I thought it was, but if you're a fan of Barbara Steele you'll enjoy seeing her in this, as I did.

Aj V
Aj V

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