SILENT MADNESS (1984) Reviews and overview of 3D slasher

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silent madness

‘He’s out now… the terror has just begun!’
ilent Madness is a 1984 American slasher horror feature film released to cinemas in both 2D and 3D versions. It was co-produced and directed by Simon Nuchtern (Snuff) from a screenplay by Bob Zimmerman (as Robert Zimmerman) and Bill Milling (as William P. Milling), based on Nutchern’s storyline. The 3D effects were engineered by Allan Apone who worked on Friday 13th Part III.

The movie stars Belinda Montgomery, Viveca Lindfors, Sydney Lassick, David Greenan, Solly Marx, and Elizabeth Kaitan.

Blu-ray release:

Silent Madness has been released by Vinegar Syndrome as part of their annual Black Friday promotion. The film has been newly scanned and restored in 4K from the 35mm negative, presented in 2.35:1 widescreen. Special features are:

Newly recorded commentary track by director Simon Nuchtern, moderated by author Michael Gingold
Commentary track by The Hysteria Continues!
“Method to the Madness,” a 45-minute making-of documentary featuring interviews with the cast and crew
Deleted interviews from “Method to the Madness”
“Silent Stalking Grounds”: locations featurette
Introduction by director Simon Nuchtern
Promotional 3D sizzle reel for Silent Madness
Promotional & behind-the-scenes still gallery
Multiple radio spots
Reversible cover artwork
English SDH subtitles

Plot:

A homicidal maniac is released from an asylum due to a computer error. He returns to the sorority house where sisters humiliated him years ago compelling him to launch the nail gun massacre which led to his incarceration…

Reviews:

“The stable of TV actors are decent enough, the script’s dialogue doesn’t veer into absurdity, the 3D effects are minimal and worst of all, for a sleazy, low-rent slasher film, it just doesn’t deliver the goods that you’d expect. Unless there is some super-obscure uncut version that nobody knows about, it’s easy to see why nobody is petitioning Shout! Factory for a Blu-ray special edition.” Video Junkie

Aside from a few deadened stretches of dialogue, there’s no room to complain. Synths are ravishing. Grit is ingrained. Photography brainstorms with the then-waning 3-D novelty, resulting in resourceful kill scenes and a competent structure. Combine it all with decent acting from recognizable leads, a few laughs, some jumps, and a little twist or two, and you’ve got a virtuous indie-slasher…” Bleeding Skull!

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