Visiting Hours

1982, Movie, R, 105 mins

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This mindless slasher movie borrows unashamedly from better pictures like PEEPING TOM and PSYCHO. Crusading feminist journalist Deborah Ballin (Lee Grant) is attacked and raped by Colt Hawker (Michael Ironside), a misogynistic creep who blames his hatred of women on a lousy childhood. Deborah survives the attack and is hospitalized, but Colt--who likes to photograph his victims in their death throes--continues his reign of terror at the hospital, cleverly evading the security system and killing others while he tries to get to Deborah. While Ironside (SCANNERS) contributes a memorably depraved performance, VISITING HOURS is a fairly repugnant film that seems to share its killer's attitude toward women. Director Jean Claude Lord does manage to build some effective suspense sequences, but overall his direction is hyperactive--as is the annoyingly insistent musical score by Jonathan Goldsmith. leave a comment

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