SILENT MADNESS (1984) Reviews and 3D Blu-ray release news

 

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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.

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 [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.” 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

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

Fun Facts:

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

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