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Silent Madness (1984)

After a computer glitch accidentally releases a homicidal maniac, his doctor and some hospital staff track a trail of bodies to the sorority house where the killer committed his earlier crimes.

Director:

Simon Nuchtern

Writers:

Bob Zimmerman (screenplay) (as Robert Zimmerman), Bill Milling (screenplay) (as William P. Milling) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Belinda Montgomery ... Dr. Joan Gilmore
Viveca Lindfors ... Mrs. Collins
Solly Marx Solly Marx ... Howard Johns
Sydney Lassick ... Sheriff Liggett
David Greenan David Greenan ... Mark McGowan
Roderick Cook Roderick Cook ... Dr. Kruger
Stanja Lowe Stanja Lowe ... Dr. Anderson
Ed Van Nuys Ed Van Nuys ... Dr. Van Dyce
Dennis Helfend Dennis Helfend ... Virgil
Philip Levy Philip Levy ... Jesse
Tori Hartman Tori Hartman ... Pam
Katherine Kamhi ... Jane
Katie Bull Katie Bull ... Cheryl
Rick Aiello ... Michael
Jeffrey Bingham Jeffrey Bingham ... John Howard
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Storyline

A homicidal maniac is accidentally released from a hospital because of a computer error and heads to the site (a sorority) of his past murders to continue his penchant for mayhem. Dr. Joan Gilmore takes off after him while the hospital administrators cover up the mistake and send some staff thugs out to get both the doctor and the escaped lunatic. Written by Ørnås

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beautiful Screamers See more »

Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many viewers have speculated that the character of Dr. Krueger and the boiler room scenes are references to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). However, Silent Madness was actually shot in 1983 prior to the release of the A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Gilmore checks the computer and realizes that Howard Johns was released by mistake, the information (list) on the screen completely changes in each shot. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Collins: All right girls listen up. This is probably a simple prank. Just to be safe I want you to lock up and stay together.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema and video releases were edited by the BBFC as follows, with the cuts carried over to the 2002 DVD release:
  • When the woman's head is crushed in a vice, all close-ups are removed, along with all shots of blood.
  • The sight of a dart embedded between a woman's breasts is taken out.
  • Sexual dialogue about a syringe being twisted in a female doctor's buttocks is cut ("And when her pants are down...you get my drift, pal?").
  • Shots of a deep gash in a woman's back and blood/gore on the weapon are removed.
  • We do not see the electric prod superimposed over a female victim's face.
  • The sequence in which a drill penetrates a man's skull is largely edited out.
  • The scene of the doctor being chased through the air vent is shortened, with shots of spinning blades removed.
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Referenced in Fright Show (1985) See more »

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A slasher worth watching
31 July 2004 | by lrc81See all my reviews

A mental hospital is releasing some patients due to lack of conditions, by mistake they release Howard Johns, an extremely violent patient, that was incarcerated for 17 years, since he was part of the infamous "sorority slaughter". New to the staff, Dr. Joan Gilmore finds out about the mistake and tries to warn those in charge of the hospital about it but older doctors, responsible for the release try to stop her and cover for their mistake by claiming Johns wasn't released at all, he's been dead for a long time. Gilmore eventually takes a vacation and uses to go to Barrington find out what led to the killings at the sorority house. With the help of local newspaper reporter she manages to stay at the sorority house where the events took place but Johns is already there, back to take care of some loose ends.

Entertaining slasher, the 3-D scenes are somewhat original, the killings as well. This low-budget flick will surely make the horror fans consider their time well spent.


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