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Thursday, October 21, 2010

October Horror Movie of the Day #21 - The Silent Scream

The Film: The Silent Scream
The Director: Denny Harris
The Cast: Rebecca Balding, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Steele
Release Date: July 31, 1987.

A surprisingly minimalist horror film that borders on slasher territory, focusing on some young people who rent rooms in a big house with some weird inhabitants.  Most notably, horror icon Barbara Steele is the angry lady in the attic.

I'm admittedly a bigger fan of making fun of early '80s slashers than I am of the films themselves, but Silent Scream really struck a chord with me.  Survivor girl Rebecca Balding does a fine job in a poorly written role, and the family that owns the house are perfectly played.  I couldn't help noticing that the male lead looked a lot like Michael Bay, but that's OK.  A hidden gem that I'm glad I found.