Visiting Hours

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A deranged, misogynistic killer assaults a journalist. When he discovers that she survived the attack, he follows her to the hospital to finish her off.

ACTORS :  Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1982

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Visiting Hours  TV journalist, Deborah Ballin’s campaigning on behalf of a battered woman who murdered her abusive husband, one viewer – is Colt Hawker, a homicidal psychotic, who despises all women, and now none more-so then Ballin. Hawker goes to Ballin’s residence, where he begins a sadistic ‘lesson’ – his goal; to not just to murderer her but to do it in the most terror-filled way possible.

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This film works on technique, not logic, and not a bad try.

Visiting Hours  It’s took a long time for me to get around to see this film. I distinctly remember being freaked out by the TV ads with the building’s lights all being shut down to revealing the skull you see on the poster.

Well, if you have patience and you like old school films, you may find VISITING HOURS entertaining. It is one of those films that keeps you thinking and works more on your emotions, along the veins of DePalma’s DRESSED TO KILL or, these days, any film by M. Night Shaylaman. There are some hit and miss elements with the viewing, but Jean Claude Lord gives it a good shot, in both his directing and editing. Fans of Lee Grant or William Shatner won’t find much to endure: it’s Michael Ironside who’s really the star of this picture. Not as gory nor sexy as many of the other films of this genre during the early eighties, but it certainly is better than half of them–and specifically tries to avoid copycating. If you’re not too cynical or sarcastic, give VISITING HOURS a watch.

Smarter than the average slash-fest.

 

One of the better Canadian killer-thrillers of the 80’s is this solid shocker.

TV journalist is attacked by a maniac and taken to the hospital, now the obsessive creep is determined to make sure she doesn’t get well soon!

Visiting Hours is a film that, like most slasher films of the 80’s, has gotten a bad reputation from critics. However this film is much more than mere slasher garbage! Visiting Hours is a thriller that takes its time to build true suspense, a well-paced plot, and some believable characters. It’s a film that, unlike most of the genre, focuses upon the warped character of its villain rather than on the would-be victims. The murder sequences are effectively disturbing, but not overly gory.

The direction of Jean Claude Lord, along with an unsettling music score, combine to make an atmospheric sense of dread through out the film. It manages to make even the sprawling corridors of the hospital setting into a claustrophobic maze. It makes for some nicely suspenseful attack/chase scenes.

The biggest highlight of this film comes from its cast though. Lee Grant is strong as the feminist TV journalist that becomes the target to the killer. Linda Purl does a good turn as a caring nurse, as does Lenore Zann as a street-wise teen. Greatest of all though is villain Michael Ironside. Ironside makes for a truly creepy and compelling murderer. He truly steals the show.

For those that are seeking a slasher film with a bit more of an intelligence to it, Visiting Hours is a fine choice. Don’t listen to the critics on this one folks – it’s a better film than you may have heard.

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