Everybody needs to watch 1984’s SCREAM FOR HELP. There’s no sense waiting for it to come to DVD because you could be hit by a car tomorrow and if you leave this Earth having not seen it, your life will have been incomplete and all the angels in heaven will point and laugh at you. SCREAM FOR HELP is a scream for help directed by the guy who brought you DEATH WISH and THE SENTINEL (MICHAEL “Damn the torpedoes!” WINNER), written by the fellow behind FRIGHT NIGHT and PSYCHO II (TOM HOLLAND) and it even stars the guy who was the non fish monster brother in THE KINDRED (DAVID ALLEN BROOKS).
It starts out like a hybrid of THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY and an ABC AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL and it ends like a sleazy soft-core CINEMAX home invasion thriller. It’s goofy and weird, it has no notion of good taste and yet is surprisingly suspenseful and engaging when the bossy and inappropriate soundtrack allows it to be. It’s about a young girl who figures out her stepfather is trying to kill her by adding up all the times he tries to kill her and it’s dark, campy and mean-spirited enough to have a dude slap his wife across the face and say, “That’s for every time I ever kissed you and wanted to throw up!” Plus it sports an awkward voiceover device! Who can resist that? Not me. Watch below and improve your life!