Silent Scream (1980)

USA, 1980
35mm film, colour

An American horror film directed by Denny Harris.

Plot Summary

When Scotty Parker and three other young move into Mrs Engels' boarding house on the coast, they soon begin to suspect that something strange is happening. Landlady Mrs Engels hides away in her attic room and her son Mason is a creepy character who likes to watch violent TV shows. Then the students start to disappear…


Director: Denny Harris
Executive Producers: Daniel Harris, Joan Harris
Producers: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
Associate Producer: Leslie Zurla
Script: Wallace C. Bennett, Denny Harris, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
Directors of Photography: Michael D. Murphy, David Shore
2nd Unit Directors of Photography: Denny Harris, George Posedal
Key Grip: Bill Pecchi
Stills: Barbara Seiler
Editor: M. Edward Salier
Music: Roger Kellaway
Sound: Larry Goga, Robert Kundsen, Don MacDougall, Robert Glass
Costume Designer: Fredda Weiss
Special Effects: Steve Karkus
Production Designer: Chris Henry
Stunts: Joe Pronto, Jeanie Epper

Rebecca Balding (Scotty Parker)
Cameron Mitchell (Lt Sandy McGiver)
Avery Schreiber (Sgt Manny Ruggin)
Barbara Steele (Victoria Engels)
Steve Doubet (Jack Towne)
Brad Rearden (Mason Engels)
John Widelock (Peter Ransom)
Jack Stryker (Police Chief)
Thelma Pelish (housing lady)
Tina Tyler (Victoria at 16)
Yvonne De Carlo (Mrs Engels)
Juli Andelman (Doris Prichart)
Annabella Price (TV rape victim)
Joe Pronto (TV rapist)
Jason Zahler (Mason at 3)
Joan Lemmo (boarding house lady)
Ernie Potvin (boarding house husband)
Virginia Rose (boarding house wife)
Ina Gould (landlady)
Rachel Bard (nurse in psycho ward)

Alternative Titles

Cichy krzyk – Polish title
Hiljaisuuden huuto – Finnish title
Psychock – West German title

See also
Psycho (1960)



  • Cinefantastique vol.10 no.1 (Summer 1980) p.12
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.47 no.563 (December 1980) pp.241-242
  • Screen International no.267 (15 November 1980) p.19
  • Starburst no.29 p.10 – illustrated review
  • Variety 30 January 1980 p.28


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.357
  • Film Review 1991-1992 p.104 – credits, synopsis
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.353-354
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.134-136 – credits, synopsis, review
  • by Stephen Thrower pp.501-503; 516 – illustrated credits, review; note