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Visiting Hours

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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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  • 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
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  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EDWLW8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,303 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Visiting Hours" on IMDb

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By D. Wilson VINE VOICE on August 9, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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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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I would not qualify this film in a horror category, but rather as a strong psychological thriller with slasher motives. The only two other movies that came to my mind after watching this 1982 Canadian independent production, were: Cobra (1986) and The Bedroom Window (1987). What all three films have in common is a psychotic killer-maniac (obsessively hates women) who stalks his female victims and kills them. The movie is quite good for an independent production. Actually, as I recall Canada released some pretty good movies between late 1970's and early 1980's. What really captured my addition in this film is an elaborate plot and very well done character study. Michael Ironside is what makes this film. Great performance. Minus one star for not having equally good enough soundtrack. This film seriously lacks in atmospheric music...it could have been much better if the producers invested more in hiring the right person to produce the right music score.
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This is a movie I seen as a teen that gave me the creeps - and I think of this film every time I go to a hospital *shivers*.

The movie is a thriller and has some slasher type qualities to it. Most people do not identify this film as a slasher film I guess because it did not have 10 sequels after the first.

If you have a love for horror/thrillers then you may like Visiting Hours. The movie seems to be underground these days and should be brought back into the "must see horror arena". It is quite chilling and will leave you on the edge of your seat.

I have to agree with other reviews I've read on Visiting Hours that maybe the reason this film is so underrated is because Bill Shatner is in the film. William has played other movie and TV roles quite well but most people only see him as Kirk and cannot shake that image - he's been wrongfully stereotyped. Shatner's role in this film was good! Do not let your love or dislike of William Shatner keep you from watching and, maybe, enjoying this film.

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