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Death Screams (1982)

R | | Horror | 14 May 1982 (USA)
Teenagers are stalked and murdered by a maniac at a town fair.


David Nelson


Paul C. Elliott


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Kiger ... Lily Carpenter
Martin Tucker Martin Tucker ... Coach Neil Marshall
William T. Hicks William T. Hicks ... Sheriff Avery
Jennifer Chase ... Ramona
Jody Kay Jody Kay ... Sandy
John Kohler John Kohler ... Diddle
Andrea Savio Andrea Savio ... Kathy (as Andria Savio)
Curt Rector Curt Rector ... Bob (as Kurt Rector)
Josh Gamble Josh Gamble ... Tom
Hanns Manship Hanns Manship ... Casey (as Hans Manship)
Helene Tryon Helene Tryon ... Edna Sharpe
Mary Fran Lyman Mary Fran Lyman ... Agnes Bottomly
Monica Boston Monica Boston ... Sheila
Mike Brown Mike Brown ... Walker
Sharon Alley Sharon Alley ... Sara


Locals are celebrating the last night of carnival, such as newly in-love couple Bob and Kathy, coach, Neil Marshall, waitresses, timid blonde Lily and comely, nubile Ramona, their boss Jackson and learning difficulties teenage peeping tom Casey who's dad Avery is the town sheriff. Several them decide to spend the night down at the river, where a unknown double homicide climaxed there some nights before. But among the fairgoers is the one responsible for the deaths and as he/she lurks in the shadow troubled over a tragic past (or just about one thing or another) deciding to take his/her frustrations out with a machete on those he/she blames for all the misfortunes in his/her life. Following the group back to his/her riverside stamping grounds he/she sets about ensuring no one leaves the area alive. Written by suspicous

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In this house, all you hear are... Screams of death See more »




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Release Date:

14 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Lure, North Carolina, USA See more »

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ABA Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


The police officer taking pictures during the final sequence was an actual sheriffs officer from the Rutherfordton country sheriffs department who was asked to join in to make it "more realistic". See more »


Lily Carpenter: Maniacs lick hands too!
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Alternate Versions

US VHS is uncut. Vipco DVD is heavily cut. See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Today, it's pretty lame, but years ago...
10 April 2002 | by ehosh2494See all my reviews

When I was very young I always caught this on tv, it showed up on A&E a lot for some reason (I honestly don't know why), but when I saw it for the first few times, it sent chills down my spine. Today, after finally hunting down the long-gone video copy (under its more well-known title, "House of Death") of this eighties slasher thriller, it was fun to look back but this isn't really that great of a movie at all. It's full of lame actors, a bad script, slack pacing, among other things. It's true, the people who created this movie could've made it a whole lot better if they had at least put a little, oh, I don't know, thought, into it. They had potential. First off it had a few good aspects of it that still impress me today, and this includes the way the director captures the eerie atmosphere of a small town with the killer lurking in the shadows. There are effective shots of deep, dark, misty woods and wind-swept cemeteries which create an extremely unique atmosphere, and put together with a very scary, when he is at least hinted at or briefly onscreen, psychopathic killer who prowls around in bloodstained black "psycho gear" complete with his bloody machete at his side. The last half hour or so is alright, with some good aspects, even though the script and acting cannot match the atmosphere created by the director. The plot, as I've mentioned, makes basically no sense and neither does the killer's "motive", which really isn't even explained when he shows his face in the last few minutes. Even so, I still can't get over some of the aspects of this movie which still can send shivers down my spine, like the killer prowling through the cemetery while blonde Playboy Playmate Susan Kiger tells the "drip, drip" story to her wide-eyed friends, or the "double decapitation in the truck" sequence (this does have some pretty graphic deaths) as well as the scene where a girl falls through the stairs and has her belly violently ripped open by the machete-wielding killer who is waiting beneath. It sounds like I love this movie a lot, doesn't it, but actually the finale of the film just holds a special place in my "slasher movie watching" history, it's basically the only good thing to watch in the whole film, which wastes too much time with teenagers at a carnival or at a bonfire. Nothing really starts happening until about an hour into the film, when the always talked about "blonde skinny dipper gets her throat hacked out with a machete" sequence occurs, which is a definite must-see. If you are a hardcore slasher fan and want something really different and have not seen this, have fun hunting it down.

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