Silent Madness (1984) reviews and overview

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Silent 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.

Main cast:

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

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Plot:

A homicidal maniac is releases 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…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“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.” Thomas T Sueyres, 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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Cast and characters:

Belinda Montgomery … Doctor Joan Gilmore
Viveca Lindfors … Mrs Collins
Solly Marx … Howard Johns – Neon Maniacs
Sydney Lassick … Sheriff Liggett
David Greenan … Mark McGowan
Roderick Cook … Doctor Kruger
Stanja Lowe … Doctor Anderson
Ed Van Nuys … Doctor Van Dyce
Dennis Helfend … Virgil
Philip Levy … Jesse
Tori Hartman … Pam
Katherine Kamhi … Jane
Katie Bull … Cheryl
Rick Aiello … Michael
Jeffrey Bingham … John Howard
John Bentley … Romano Hunter
Paul DeAngelo … Paul
Lori-Nan Engler … Flashback Girl #1
Kathleen Ferguson … Ruth Flannery
William Gibberson … TV Reporter
Shelly Gibson … Flashback Girl #2
James Glenn … Professor
Henry Hayward … Mr Hackler
Elizabeth Kaitan … Barbara
Cindy Lloyd … Skateboarder
Paige Price … Lorraine
Sloane Shelton … Anne Swenson
William Shuman … Ralph (as Bill Shuman)
Stacey Simms … Stacey
Daisy White … Susan
Marjorie Apollo … College Girl
Conni Brunner … Flashback Girl
Noreen Collins … Megan
Michaelene Donati … Flashback Girl
Lauren McCann … College Girl
Susan Mordfin … Hand
Chiara Peacock … Pledge
Kim Plumridge … Pledge
Laurie Wilson … Pledge
Charles Friedemann … Mental Patient

Filming locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey

Wagner College, Staten Island, New York City, New York

Technical credits:

93 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: Dolby

Trivia:

Filmed as Dark Sunday. Other alternate titles included Beautiful Screamers, The Omega Factor and The Nightkillers.

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