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- Apr 4, 2017
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Scream For Help
Whoooooooooooo boy. Now THIS is one of those rare moments where I just have to applaud Scream Factory for pulling this little slice of 80s nostalgia out and letting it breathe some. Scream For Help was one of those 80s films that never really got any love on DVD, as I can’t actually remember them EVER even releasing a cheapo disc for it. The movie was ignored back in the 80s on VHS for the most part (we had a single release), and by the time the 1990s was in full swing and DVD was coming about it had been completely forgotten about. It was basically The Stepfather before The Stepfather came out (although The Stepfather is an excellent creeper flick), but it was bizarrely hilarious in it’s blunt and over the top nature that the flick never really caught on. Which kind of comes down to my rating of the film. I’m giving it an official rating of 3/5, but that’s actually a hybrid rating of the objective score rating of 1/5, and the hilarious amounts of pure entertainment that the film brings, which I have to give a 5/5 across the board. Thus a 3/5 rating when you combine the sheer awful 1/5 and hilarious 5/5 dual ratings.
Much like The Stepfather (which would come out a scant 3 years later), we have an evil stepfather who is a bit out in left field. Young Christie Cromwell (Rachael Kelly) believes that her stepfather is actively trying to killer he wealthy mother Karen (Marie Masters). Her suspicions are given more credence when she snoops around with her Polaroid camera and catches the guy schtooping some random girl. Coming back to tell her mother about Paul’s (David Allen Brooks) indiscretions she is met by eye rolling and pats one the head from everyone involved. But when she finds her car tampered with, a towel jammed in the house’s gas system and various other oddities she’s SURE that Paul is trying to kill not only her mother, but herself as well.
Turning into a little Nancy Drew, Christie digs up even more dirt on her stepfather, but not before he finally unleashes his devilish plan. He and his cohorts of blackmail have decided that Christie and Karen are not worth keeping alive, and invade the house to make it look like robbers have broken in and killed the family. Now it’s up to Christie to keep her mom and herself safe and hope that somehow they can get a message out to the world before its too late.
I almost feel bad for loving Scream For Help, as it’s really a mix of painful acting and various plot holes, but I really can’t help but love it it as it is. The acting is on par with most 1980s B-movies, but the sheer blunt nature of the film’s message and the blatant use of random nudity, gore and awful situations is sooooooooooooooo much fun to watch on screen. I watched this film once by myself, and then took it over to have a couple of friends watch the Blu-ray with me, and all of use just couldn’t stop laughing and giggling the entire time. Scream For Help is the very definition of B-movie schlock, but it’s just pure FUN B-movie schlock, encapsulating all of the excesses that made 80s horror movies so great, while still being so technically awful.
Rated R by the MPAA
• NEW Stepfather Of The Year – An Interview With Actor David Allen Brooks
• NEW Cruel Intentions – An Interview With Writer Tom Holland
• NEW Audio Commentary featuring Justin Karswell (Hysteria Lives!, The Slasher Movie Book) and Amanda Reyes (Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium).
• Original Theatrical Trailer
Scream For Help is a bad movie, and I mean a REALLY bad movie at heart. But that awful film is also home to some of the most fun I’ve had in a horror movie in quite some time. It’s the perfect mixture of bad writing and bad acting, but delivered with such gusto and misdirection that you can’t help but have a great time with it. I have no idea how Scream Factory even got their mitts on this forgotten film, but I’m ecstatic to see that they not only rescued it from home video purgatory, but also remastered it for this Blu-ray release netting it a great looking transfer as well. If you’re a fan of bad 80s horror movies then this is one you don’t want to miss.
Starring: Rachael Kelly, David Allen Brooks, Marie Masters
Directed by: Michael Winner
Written by: Tom Holland
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English SDH
Studio: Scream Factory
Runtime: 89 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: September 18th 2018
Recommendation: Awesome Piece of 80s Cheese