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Scared to Death

DVD Cover Art
Directed by William Malone
Produced by Rand Marlis
Gilbert M. Shilton
Written by William Malone
Robert Short
Starring John Stinson
Music by Thomas Chase
Dell Hake
Cinematography Patrick Prince
Editing by Warren Chadwick
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $74,000[1]
Followed by Syngenor

Scared to Death, also known as The Aberdeen Experiment and Scared to Death: Syngenor, is a 1981 B horror/science fiction film directed by William Malone.[1]



A monster stalks Los Angeles as a Bio-Engineered creature called a Syngenor (which stands for SYNthesized GENetic ORgansism) takes refuge in in the cities sewer system and then hits the streets at night in search of human spinal fluid.[2]


Wanting to become a director, William Malone decided to make a monster movie because it was the type of film one could get a lot of production value for very little money. He also had experience with monster designs as he had previously worked as a designer at a Halloween mask factory so he knew he could design the monster himself. In order to raise enough money for the film Malone had to sell most of his personal belongings including his car and mortgaging his house. After raising enough money he began building and sculpting the monster suit. Being inspired by H.R. Giger's design from the movie "Alien" he took 3 months to build the suit. During this process Malone began casting the film and surprisingly he originally cast actor/pop star Rick Springfield in the lead role. Springfield however called up Malone the night before filming began saying he couldn't be in his film because he was going to miss too many acting classes. Malone then called up actor John Stinson whom he remembered from an improv class and begged him to be in the film, to which he agreed. Filming began in February 1979 and the shoot lasted a total of 4 weeks, a rather long time for a low budget film.[1]

After filming Lone Star Pictures, a Texas based company, picked up distribution of the film and wanted the premier to be in Texas. Director William Malone agreed and flew to Texas only to be shocked that the premier was actually at a Drive-In theater. After the premier the first sale for the picture was to Malaysia for $90,000. They were already making a profit since the film only cost $74,000 to make.[1]


Media Home Video released the film on VHS in the 1980's.

Retromedia released the film on NTSC Region 0 DVD. The title on the box art was changed to "Scared to Death: Syngenor" to show a connection to the film's 1990 sequel Syngenor.


  1. ^ a b c d Director Interview on Retromedia DVD, 2007. Last accessed: September, 2009.
  2. ^ Retromedia DVD Case, 2007. Last accessed: September, 2009.

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