Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 22nd, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1981
Director: Byron Quisenberry
Writer: Byron Quisenberry
Cast: Pepper Martin, Hank Worden, Ethan Wayne, Ann Bronston, Julie Marine, Nancy St. Marie, Joseph Alvarado, Alvy Moore, Bobby Diamond, John Nowak, Joe Allaine, Cynthia Faria, Bella Bruck, Dee Cooper, Bob Macgonigal, Gino Difirelli, Gregg Palmer, Woody Strode
DVD released: February 23rd, 2010
Approximate running time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Media Blasters / Shriek Show / Code Red
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: One by one, a group of friends spending a relaxing weekend at an abandoned ‘old west’ town are being murdered by an unseen killer.
Scream (no not the film that was directed by Wes Craven) was written and directed by Byron Quisenberry. An alternate title which this film is also know by is The Outing. The film feature a serviceable score from Joseph Conlan whose other notable composing credits include Chained Heat and the T.V. series Simon & Simon.
Things go downhill quickly is this cheaply made horror film from the early 1980’s that is virtually devoid of suspense. The premise is in line with other horror films from the same era. Everything in this film is drawn out and then some. I just keep waiting for something, anything to happen. Several of the kill scenes are off screen and none of the kills are gory.
All of the characters are so bland and underdeveloped, that feeling anything for them is impossible. As incomprehensible as everything that is going on is. Things go even further off the rails once a mysterious cowboy (Woody Strode) arrives out of nowhere. Is he responsible for the killings? Does he know who or what is responsible for these killings? These and so many other questions are left unanswered.
From a visual stand point this film is also lacking in every way. Performance wise the cast are adequate at best. I have seen more than my fare share of really bad horror films (Boardinghouse, The Forest, Don’t Go Into the Wood’s) and none have ever reached the level of awfulness on display in Scream.
Media Blasters presents Scream in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Colors at times look muted, black levels are average and there is noticeable nicks / print debris that varies in degree throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds tiny and there one at least one audio drop out. Dialog is clear enough to understand despite the other limitations of the audio.
Extras for this release include a T.V. spot, a trailer for the film and a brief image gallery. The main extra included with this release is an audio commentary with writer / director Byron Quisenberry and moderators Marc Edward Heuck and Bill Olson. While not one of the more interesting audio commentaries. There are a few interesting stories that fans of this film should enjoy. Overall Scream gets a well rounded DVD release from Media Blasters.