In 2009 horror fans were treated to a slew of old friends and rarities re-mastered and rejuvenated. Back in February Midnight Choir released a double feature pairing the little seen gem An Angel for Satan with genre favourite The Long Hair of Death. In April and June Dark Sky and Severin fllms brought us possibly the definitive releases of The She Beast and Nightmare Castle respectively. Finally November saw Silent Scream released on DVD for the first time, courtesy of Scorpion Releasing.

Midnight Choir

Midnight Choir

Dark Sky

Dark Sky

Severin

Severin




Seaside Scream!

Just what terrible secret lurks in the shadows of the Engels beachfront boarding house?
Denny Harris’ creepy 80s “stalk” and slash” thriller finally makes it to DVD.

Unlike more famous contemporaries Halloween and Friday the 13th, Silent Scream resists body count and shocks in favour of suspense and mystery. The result is an unexpectedly compelling film.

Silent Scream from Scorpion Publishing

Scorpion Publishing

A noted cast includes Barbara Steele, Yvonne De Carlo (of Munsters fame) Cameron Mitchell and Rebecca Balding. The first script for the film was written and shot by Harris. This proved unsatisfactory however and producers Ken and Jim wheat were drafted in for a script re-write. Characters were added and sections of the film re-shot. Silent scream was finally released in 1980 and proved popular.
Ken and Jim Wheat went on to produce a number of horror/ fantasy films including Pitch Black with Vin Diesel in 2000.

The DVD uses a transfer from a new High-Definition digital master source, and boasts a 5.1 soundtrack mix. Extras include a series of featuretes with Rebecca Balding, a commentary track and a welcome audio interview with Denny Harris, who passed away shortly after.

Successful at the box office yet forgotten today in favour of franchise horrors, Silent Scream is worth a look.


Read reviews of Silent Scream by Phantom of Pulp, and Eric Cotenas at DVDBeaver.

Read aafs posts on An Angel for Satan and The Long Hair of Death, The She Beast and Nightmare Castle DVDs.