THE PLOT THUS FAR
A crazed, women-hating killer (Ironside) attacks journalist Deborah Ballin (Grant). When he discovers that his attack didn’t kill Deborah, he comes to the hospital to finish what he started.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
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 DVD comes with the original trailer, radio and television spots. The A/V Quality is on par with the previous solo disc release. However, it seems as though the Dolby Surround track is a little more supportive than I remember. Still, it sounds pretty clean for a low-budget horror movie from the early 1980s. I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: 09/13/2011