|SILENT MADNESS (director: Simon Nuchtern; screenwriters: Robert Zimmerman/William P. Milling/story by Simon Nuchtern; cinematographer: Gerald Feil; editor: Philip Stockton; music: Barry Salmon; cast: Belinda Montgomery (Dr. Joan Gilmore), Viveca Lindfors (Mrs. Collins), Solly Marx (Howard Johns), David Greenan (Mark McGowan), Sydney Lassick ( Sheriff Liggett), Roderick Cook (Dr. Kruger), Rick Van Nutter (Dr. Van Dyce), Stanja Lowe (Dr. Anderson); Runtime: 97; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Simon Nuchtern/William P. Milling; Media (Almi Pictures Inc.); 1984)|
|"At best, it makes you laugh at
by Dennis Schwartz
tiresome copycat slasher film helmed by Simon
Nuchtern ("Savage Dawn"/"New York
Nights"/"That Man is Pregnant!") that was released in
3-D. Its tagline is “The screaming never
stops.” The derivative pic steals its plot from
Halloween (1978). At best, it makes you laugh at its
ineptness. It's based on the story by Simon
Nuchtern, who co-writes the screenplay
with Robert Zimmerman and William P. Milling.
Johns (Solly Marx) is a homicidal maniac
mute accidentally released from Cresthaven
hospital because of a computer error.
The crazed escapee heads to the same sorority house at
Barrington College, of his past murders some twenty
years ago. The pretty
blond psychiatrist Dr. Joan Gilmore (Belinda
Montgomery) from the NYC mental hospital unwisely
takes off to the upstate NY small
college town after Howard, while the revolting
hospital administrators are busy trying to cover-up
their mistake. Gilmore tries to act professionally but
is reduced to a dim-wit, as she dumbly lures the
dangerous maniac to her by posing as a sorority
member. Meanwhile the graphic murders begin to mount
in the sorority house.
flashbacks, we learn that previously the sorority
sisters mistreated Howard by paddling him, which is
supposedly the reason he went crazy. Howard now gets
his revenge and starts murdering the sorority girls.
Lassick is the sheriff who fails to
heed the warnings from Gilmore until the mutilated
bodies start showing up on campus.
REVIEWED ON 6/12/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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