From the director of this year’s masterpiece Sewer Gators comes this earlier film where the title doesn’t refer to the type of flatulence, but a killer mime.
A young man brings in a videotape called “The Day the Mime Cried”, a lost footage film from the viewpoint of reporter Brock Peterson. Fifteen years ago, young Billy Jacobs disappeared when he was kidnapped by a mime. The disappearance has triggered something in his brother Ed, who has decided to go after all mimes in hopes of finding his brother and perhaps seek revenge if he’s gone for good.
Meanwhile, a group of teens, Tucker, Lola, Jenny, Jock, and Gary head to a cabin as they are members of an acting troupe. En route, they run into a mysterious mime but ignore him and leave. They soon learn the mime has followed them and he decides to go on a killing spree targeting the teens. Meanwhile, Ed is still on the hunt for the mime who is responsible for his brother’s disappearance and will to great lengths to avenge him.
You have to love Paul Dale’s work. There are filmmakers who make films to envision the greatness of their projects. There’s filmmakers who make film for the fun of it to entertain the crowds as well. Dale falls in the latter. He loves to make films with his friends for the fun of it. He doesn’t care what people think of them and you have to respect that. But let’s face it. They are so entertaining and fun to watch. Made in 2016, this film could have easily been about killer farts but a killer mime movie? Gotta love it!
Inspired by Jerry Lewis’s lost film The Day the Clown Cried, the film starts out with a video tape found and then we reveal the story. Dale himself takes the role of reporter Brock Peterson (a role he would reprise in Sewer Gators), who is investigating the disappearance of a 15-year old kid and finds himself in the strangest of situations. Stephen Hammond’s Ed is the brother seeking revenge for the disappearance of his brother and goes after anyone resembling a mime, including one decked out in KISS-inspired make-up played by Austin Naulty.
Sean Phelan’s Gary is the goofiest member of the troupe, even having a running gag of being there in the wrong place wrong time with a one-liner. Angel Giuffra’s Jenny is the lovestruck member of the group, clearly having a crush on Jock, who shows more LGBTQ tendencies while Cameron Zarbakhsh’s Tucker has a fling with Manon Pages’ Lola, a young woman he only met a few hours ago. Charles Early is fantastic as the titular “Silent but Deadly”, our killer mime. Some of the kill scenes are OTT and are meant to be that way and the practical effects are not bad considering the budget.
Silent But Deadly is a fun entertaining horror-comedy that like Sewer Gators is not meant to be taken seriously at all. It is clearly a fun project that has a killer mime and some funny scenes. There are also an epilogue and bloopers and what better way to spend 62 minutes?
WFG RATING: B
SRS Entertainment presents a Paul Dale Films production. Director: Paul Dale. Producers: Alex Bonin, Paul Dale, Dylan McGovern, and Jonathan Monte. Cinematography: Paul Dale. Editing: Paul Dale.
Cast: Charles Early, Angel Giuffra, Manon Pages, Cameron Zarbakhsh, Sean Phelan, Carter Simoneaux, Stephen Hammond, Austin Naulty, Paul Dale.