Terror invades an upper-class New York community as 17-year old Christie Cromwell cleverly uncovers her stepfather’s horrifying plot to murder her wealthy mother. She’s on to him, yet no one will believe her because she’s just a kid: smart, imaginative, maybe she’s just taken a crazy idea to the limit. Suspense builds when a series of shocking events confirms her worst fears. Alone, afraid and helpless, terrified Christie and her mother are held prisoner in their own home at the mercy of ruthless killers.
Scream For Help is a favorite of mine that I experienced for the first time at Exhumed Films 24 Hour Horror-thon, in the form of a stunning 35mm print. Directed by Michael Winner of Death Wish fame, and written by none other than Tom Holland, Scream For Help follows a girl desperate to prove that her Stepfather is conspiring to kill her mother. She begins following her stepfather to prove that he has malicious intent. Scream For Help has its cult following, but it deserves far more exposure than it gets. It’s basically a goofier, sleazier version of The Stepfather, though Scream For Help came first.
In some ways, Scream For Help plays like an After School Special. Well, a very sleazy After School Special, with lots of nudity. The first time I saw this movie was with a wild crowd, so I was curious to see how it would play at home, alone, in the dark, and I’m happy to report that this movie is just as wild. So many insane things happen, so many jaw-dropping moments, it really is a favorite of mine. I had almost forgotten about it until Scream Factory announced that it would be released to Blu-ray, and I’m so grateful that they released it. Now I can show unsuspecting friends one of the wildest things I’ve seen at a theater.
Having seen Scream For Help projected in 35mm, Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the film is excellent. The picture is clear, grain is existent, and from what I could tell I didn’t notice any real amount of digital tinkering. The audio is only a mono track, but it sounds crystal and serves its purpose well. Beyond the new 2K Scan, the disc features a couple of pieces of bonus content. There is a new audio commentary from Hysteria Lives, as well as new interviews with Screenwriter Tom Holland and actor David Allen Brooks, as well as a theatrical trailer. Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of Scream For Help is highly recommended. If you would like a copy of your own, you should click this link and visit the Shout! Factory website.
- NEW 2K scan from the original film elements
- NEW Audio Commentary by the Hysteria Lives
- NEW Cruel Intentions – an interview with writer Tom Holland
- NEW Stepfather of the Year – an interview with actor David Allen Brooks
- Theatrical Trailer