Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours (Killer Double Feature)
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Visiting Hours: Academy Award winner Lee Grant (Best Supporting Actress in 1975 for Shampoo) stars as outspoken TV journalist Deborah Ballin, whose crusade against domestic violence enrages a creepy loner (a truly disturbing performance by Michael Ironside, Scanners) in Visiting Hours. He brutally attacks the anchorwoman in her home, but Ballin survives and is hospitalized. Her assailant is enraged; he is haunted by a horrific childhood trauma . . . and now he has hidden himself inside the hospital to finish what he started. Can anybody, including her concerned boss (William Shatner), a frantic nurse (Linda Purl, Happy Days) or Deborah herself, stop the psychos killing spree before it reaches sick new extremes?
Anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)
New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
Commentary with Writer/Director, Andrew Fleming
Interviews with Actors Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott, Richard Lynch and Dean Cameron
The special effects of Bad Dreams
Behind the scenes of Bad Dreams original ending
Anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1)
Theatrical trailer, radio and TV spots
Top Customer Reviews
2. VISITING HOURS....Michael Ironside is a fantastic villian! This really is a good companion to Bad Dreams as they are both "hospital" related. Lee Grant is a nice strong female lead as well. You really find yourself rooting for the victims...the plot is nicely paced and no 'dead' (pardon the pun) spots.
Definitely worth picking up this set.
For fans of 80's flicks before or at the start of the more over the top gore and violence. I (personally) enjoyed Visiting Hours more out of the two but they are both fun!
Visiting Hours I saw this one when I was in high school. Michael Ironside (Scanners, V-The Final Battle and Starship Troopers) does creepy skullduggery like very few and he doesn't disappoint here, either. Linda Purl is the sexiest nurse ever captured on celluloid and made me apprecriate women in uniforms with ponytails like no other (wowzers!). William Shatner (on loan from T. J. Hooker and Star Trek II) does a subdued role in that crazy baby blue suit that would have made Murray Hamilton beam. Not necessarily a typical 80's slasher as much as a bloodier homage to Alfred Hitchcock and Dario Argento. Ironside becomes equally obsessed with two strong-willed womenfolk that challenge his sexual insecurities, but its the death mask of photos taken of his victims in his bedroom closet that creeps me out, and inspired the infamous one-sheet of the baleful skull over blackened hospital.
Bad Dreams, often unfairly referred to as a ripoff of the Nightmare On Elm Street series, showcases another great cast. Bruce Abbott (usually overshadowed by Jeffery Comb's Herbert West in the Re-Animator movies) really shines as a psychiatrist with a heart. E.G. Daily, one of my favorite people of all time, plays one of the tormented patients and, sadly, has very little screen time. Richard Lynch is notably creepy as the evil cult leader, both looking normal and in that horrific burn makeup. The extras on Visiting Hours are pretty slight (a few TV spots,photos) but Bad Dreams has featurettes, interviews, and more, including the original ending. All in all, this is a great double feature and an awesome part of my horror collection. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shout Factory provides another great release for horror fans in a 2 for 1 deal. The first film is a supernatural "Nightmare on Elm Street 3" meets Jonestown supernatural... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mike Clor
Out dated but very good for their time. Interesting to see William Shatner in visiting hours, in his early years.Published 13 months ago by Jacqueline Young
Very nasty double, Michael Ironside plays a very brutal maniac in Visiting Hours who has it in for Lee Grant and anyone else who happens along. Read morePublished 14 months ago by AussieTony
Scream Factory is at it again with the release of two 80’s “hospital of horror” gems: 1981’s feminist slasher Visiting Hours and 1988’s supernatural shocker Bad Dreams. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Slasher Studios