Hammer House of Horror: The Silent Scream (1980)

UK, 25 October
Series 1, episode 7
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Series: Hammer House of Horror (1980)

A British horror television episode directed by Alan Gibson.

Plot Summary

When Chuck Spillers is released from prison, he hopes to make a new life with his wife Annie, but finds that money is in short supply. While inside, Spillers was visited by a pet shop owner, Martin Blueck, a Nazi concentration camp survivor, who now offers him a job. In the basement of his shop, Blueck keeps a menagerie of dangerous wild animals, kept in open cages controlled by electric fields. One day, Chuck spots a safe – will he revert to his old criminal ways? And if he does, what sort of retribution would the apparently kindly Blueck be capable of?


Directed by: Alan Gibson
© MCMLXXX {1980] Chips Productions Limited
Jack Gill presents. A Jack Gill presentation for Chips Productions Ltd. A Cinema Arts International production in association with Hammer Films for ITC Entertainment
Executive Producers: Brian Lawrence, David Reid
Produced by: Roy Skeggs
Screenplay by: Frances Essex
Story Editor: Anthony Read
Director of Photography: Frank Watts
Editor: Bob Dearberg
Music Composed by: Leonard Salzedo
Sound Recordist: John Bramall
Costume Supervisor: Laura Nightingale
Make Up: Eddie Knight
Hairdresser: Daphne Volmer
Special Effects: Ian Scoones
Designer: Carolyn Scott
Casting Director: Eilee Garstka
Locations: Hampden House, Great Hampden, England, UK; Broad Street, Chesham, England, UK; The Park Parade, Hazlemere, England, UK [all uncredited]

Peter Cushing (Martin Blueck)
Brian Cox (Chuck)
Elaine Donnelly (Annie)
Anthony Carrick (Aldridge)
Robin Browne (police officer)
Terry Kinsella (Lionel) 1Kinsella is listed in the end credits but doesn't actually appear in the episode.


English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.278, 361