Scream (1981)

USA,
82m
16mm film, 35mm film, colour, 1.66:1 (negative ratio), 1.85:1 (theatrical ratio)
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Byron Quisenberry.

Plot Summary

A week-end hiking trip in a remote Western ghost town ends in disaster as the hikers are picked off one by one by an unseen killer.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Byron Quisenberry
Copyright MCMLXXXI [1981] Calendar International Pictures-Cougar Films, Ltd.
A Calendar International Pictures, Cougar Films, Ltd. production. A Byron Quisenberry film
Executive Producer: Byron Quisenberry
Produced by: Hal Buchanan, Clara Huff, Larry Quisenberry
Co-Producers: Richard Pepin, Richard L. Diamond
Associate Producers: Roger Witty, Gary Jensen
Written by: Byron Quisenberry
Director of Photography: Rick Pepin
Editor: B.W. Kestenberg
Music by: Joseph Conlan
Sound: Harold Beiben
Production-Costume Design: C.L. Huff
Special Effects: Richard Miller
Locations: Lake Piru, California, USA *; Paramount Ranch, 2813 Cornell Road, Agoura, California, USA *

Cast
Pepper Martin (Bob)
Hank Worden (John)
Alvy Moore (Allen)
Bobby Diamond (Rod)
Ethan Wayne (Stan)
Joseph Alvarado (Rudy)
Julie Marine (Laura)
Ann Bronston (Marion)
Nancy St. Marie (Adriana)
Bella Bruck (Maggie)
Gregg Palmer (Ross)
Woody Strode as Charlie Winters
John Nowak (Jerry)
Joe Allaine (Lou)
Cynthia Faria (Janice)
Dee Cooper (Fred)
Bob Macgonigal (Andy)
Gino Difirelli (Len A. Lemont)

Alternative Titles

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker – shooting title
Gritos na Noite – Brazil
The Outing – re-release title
Scream – Der Shock des Übersinnlichen – West Germany (video)

Press

1986
Variety vol.321 no.10 (1 January 1986) p.142
Scream” is one of the crummiest horror films made during the late, unlamented boom of five years ago. […] What makes the film so bad is that Quisenberry does not include any interesting incidents between killings. All there is consists of people wandering around foolishly in the dark or sitting around moping (they're 30 miles from the nearest town and unable to get help). Tedious exercise in minimalist horror is not helped by poor acting and sluggish editing. The only interesting moment comes when after an hour Woody Strode rides into town on horseback out of a mist, styled like his Western persona from John Ford and Sergio Leone films. […] Final explanation scene is completely bungled, with unintelligible voiceover narration and panning camera over to a 1891 sea captain's portrait which attempts to connect the murders with Strode's seafaring story. – from a review by Lor

References

Periodicals

  • L'Écran Fantastique no.36 (July/August 1983) p.83 (France) – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.262 no.14 (20 June 1980) p.18 – credits, review
  • Variety vol.299 no.5 (4 June 1980) p.32 – credits
  • Variety vol.299 no.8 (25 June 1980) p.36 – credits
  • Variety vol.321 no.10 (1 January 1986) p.142 – credits, review (by Lor)

Books

  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.501
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.439