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Visiting Hours (1982)

Michael Ironside , Lee Grant , Jean-Claude Lord  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl, William Shatner, Lenore Zann
  • Directors: Jean-Claude Lord
  • Writers: Brian Taggert
  • Producers: Claude Héroux, Pierre David, Victor Solnicki
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EDWLW8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Visiting Hours" on IMDb

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A hospital provides the unlikely setting for this tale of maniacal murder. A hospitalized news reporter recovering from an assault is stalked by her would-be killer who is intent on finishing the job of doing her in.System Requirements:Running Time: 101 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: R UPC: 013131401899 Manufacturer No: DV14018

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I don't even think this should be considered a slasher film, more of a pitch black comedy about an inept killer who kills a lot of people but never who he's intending to kill. On top of that check out his outfit: a leather tank top accessorized with a fanny pack and a squeezy stress reliever ball. What a toughie.

When he's not wearing the leather tank top (I did mention the leather tank top right?) he's decked out in more costumes than Fletch. A florist, a janitor, an orderly, a hospital patient, a punk and even at one point he's assisting in a surgery! How?! Do they just let anybody in there as long as they're wearing a green uniform?

For a horror movie I'll give it two stars, for the comedy I'll give it two more then for the lack of nudity and blood I'll have to subtract a star. Be sure to watch where the killer falls down...twice! Ha-ha.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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What a dud this was, in fact the title of my review is the most tastless thing you'll find involved with this "slasher" film from 1981. For anybody even mildly interested in the usual trappings of the genre (i.e. nudity and gore), I'd recommend clicking the back button now and typing "The Burning" in the search bar at the top of the screen (thank me later). The reason I put slasher in quotes above is because that's what it refers to itself on the back of the DVD, but actually it's more of a mediocre thriller that I could see my parents giving a watch (and they don't like horror so... that's not a good thing!). The story follows a pychopath on the hunt for an outspoken female journalist whose stance on self-defense against abusive husbands links to his past and enrages him. She is also strongly against violence which, of course, will be put to the test when faced with the killer in the film's finale. The movie gets 2 stars on the merits of being well made and acted, and featuring a few nice moments of tension (particularly the first assault from the killer), but it's still a bland piece of cinema that takes itself far too serious and feels like a solid made for TV movie. Even Michael Ironside as the protagonist of the film is wasted here... menacing at times, of course that's only when he's not falling down, having his apartment vandalized by former rape victims, or losing his knife?!?! Beyond the cool cover on the DVD, I was checking this out due to it being on the infamous "Video Nasties" list of banned films in the UK at one time... why it made the list I'll never understand? Literally 3 deaths occur on screen, none of them bloody or graphic in any way, shape, or form. Visiting Hours is highly passable viewing, delivering nothing noteworthy for genre fans... William Shatner does appear though!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slasher classic all by itself. May 15, 2008
By Micah
The Film: Visiting Hours
Year Made: 1981

Overview: A man who is still traumatized by events that transpired from his childhood of his abusive dad against his mother, goes on a killing spree. His target is a news anchore woman who speaks out against violence and triggers the killers' inner rage. The hospital should be a place of safety and healing, but visiting hours is about to begin!

The Package: 3 Stars. The outside of the DVD holder has a eerie picture of the hospital with a skull in the windows. The inside of the case does not have any kind of inlay which is disappointing though. The disc itself has graphics of doctors faces on it wearing masks, which although cool, it would have been more creepy to have the killer himself wearing a doctor mask. The disc stays in place in the holder very nice and is easy to pop out of the tray also. There are TV trailers and radio spots on the extras as well as some movie previews for other films which I always like to watch. Overall a good package but could have been better and should have come with closed captioning which is missed greatly.

Spook Meter: 4 Stars. Visiting hours is a creepy film. The killer hardly talks at all, yet is shown clearly throughout the film. Brilliant camera work as the killer is walking as well as all the pictures on the walls of his apartment where he keeps photographs of his victims he has killed, really bring the overall creepiness' to life as you watch this. I loved the fact that most of the action takes place in a hospital setting which works very well here. The flashbacks of the killers dad being abusive to his mother and seeing the conflicting hatred he has for his dad and also for his mother for what she did to his dad is brilliant.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bedpan For Room 903... April 26, 2006
Boy, is Michael Ironside (Scanners, Starship Troopers) ever mad! He's just seen Lee Grant on TV, telling the world that an abused woman was right to shoot her brutish husband in self-defense. You see, Ironside's character, Colt Hawker (!), had a bad childhood w/ a drunk dad and a mum who tossed hot grease in dad's face. Now, Hawker hates all women and especially the uppity ones like Grant's character! He attempts to murder her w/ his footlong switchblade, but she has the audacity to survive! Hawker comes after her in the hospital, leading to many deaths and a game of hide 'n' seek between Ironside and Grant ala Halloween 2. I like this one! We even get Linda Purl as a nurse and William Shatner (Incubus, Devil's Reign) as Grant's utterly useless boss! Ironside was born menacing and always gives me the creeps! He's truly sadistic and twisted in VH, and that's a good thing. Lee Grant is strong and likeable in her role. Definitely worth owning...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice thriller to watch and eat popcorn while it's raining and...
Love Lee Grant and Michael Ironside plays the ultimate bad ass, he's better than Jack Nicholson in The Stand
Published 1 month ago by LuckyLady5
5.0 out of 5 stars I found it at last
Saw this movie in the 80's on cable. My friend told me about the movie.she had cable first so I went to her house to see the movie,every since I have been looking for this movie... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sharon M.
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's Horror Film That Stands the Test of Time!
I saw this film when I was a kid growing up in the 80's and thought it was very intense. Fast forward to 2011 and I saw it again as an adult and found that it never lost it's... Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by E. Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars Killing Hours Are From 7 - 9
There are some movies you remember from your childhood that scared you. As an adult, you re-watch these movies to see if they still hold up, or if you can see why it would scare... Read more
Published on September 9, 2011 by Barry
1.0 out of 5 stars Visting Hours Aka The Fright Aka Get Well Soon.
My Problem is not that it is a Halloween Rip-Off nor just another mindless Slasher Genre,but first off the Maker of the Film French Canadien(Canadian)Jean-Claude Lord who is a... Read more
Published on June 18, 2011 by Jose Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ensemble Cast
I see a lot of negative reviews about "Visiting Hours" saying it's a rip off of Halloween 2 .Not the case,it's quite different and it's a good movie,the only similarities is most... Read more
Published on August 12, 2009 by Dayna Newman/Slasher Diva
1.0 out of 5 stars visiting hours dvd
I have just received a new copy of this movie and it was not the same movie I saw in 1975/81. The original movie was very suspenseful and was much more gory and bloody than this... Read more
Published on May 27, 2009 by Pierre Moresi
2.0 out of 5 stars "He's making himself a death mask" -Gary
By way of preface, I should point out that many people curiously view "Halloween II" as an average or even below average horror movie. Alas, I am not one of those people. Read more
Published on January 18, 2008 by HorrorMan
4.0 out of 5 stars "HALLOWEEN II" KNOCKOFF
In the 80's, there were numerous Halloween copycats. There was Prom Night, Terror Train, Friday the 13th, etc. However, Visiting Hours might be the only Halloween II copycat. Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by Ben Wasden
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 80's slashers you'll find
Classic 80's horror... if you like films like April Fool's Day, My Bloody Valentine, Halloween II and Terror Train, this DVD should be sitting right next to all of them in your... Read more
Published on July 10, 2006 by Anthony Masi
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