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Computer Killers (1973)
"Horror Hospital" (original title)

 -  Sci-Fi | Comedy | Horror  -  April 1975 (USA)
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Jason, a member of a 1960's pop group, decides he needs a break at a country retreat. On the train he meets Judy, niece of Aunt Harris who owns the place with her husband Dr Storm and who ... See full summary »

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Dr. Christian Storm
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Jason Jones
Vanessa Shaw ...
Judy Peters
Ellen Pollock ...
Aunt Harris
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Mr. Pollack
Skip Martin ...
Frederick
Kurt Christian ...
Abraham
Barbara Wendy ...
Millie
Kenneth Benda ...
Carter
Martin Grace ...
Bike Boy
Colin Skeaping ...
Bike Boy
George Herbert ...
Laboratory Assistant
James Boris IV ...
'Mystic' Rock Group (as James IV Boris)
Allan 'The River' Hudson ...
'Mystic' Rock Group (as Allan {The River} Hudson)
Simon Lust ...
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Jason, a member of a 1960's pop group, decides he needs a break at a country retreat. On the train he meets Judy, niece of Aunt Harris who owns the place with her husband Dr Storm and who are using the guests for surgical mind-control experiments. So while Jason and Judy are pretty quickly making out, they are just as quickly working out how to get away. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The Operation is a Success ... When the Patient Dies

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Sci-Fi | Comedy | Horror

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Female lead Vanessa Shaw's real name was Phoebe Shaw. Producer Richard Gordon changed Shaw's first name from Phoebe to Vanessa because he thought Phoebe sounded too old-fashioned. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Doloroso
Music by Paul Lemel
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Completely ridiculous camp classic!
21 July 2005 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Horror Hospital is far too silly to be taken seriously, but that's what makes the film so good! The film throws in one illogical sequence after another, and if you tried to account for all the events in the movie and make sense of them; you'd be completely wasting your time. In fact, if you're watching this film you are, in fact, wasting your time, but the film makes up for this by being lots of fun and this ensures that it's always delightful. The film clearly knows that it's trash rather than a serious horror film, and this is shown throughout by the tongue-in-cheek mood that runs through it. The filmmakers clearly couldn't keep a straight face while making this film and that translates onto the screen. The ridiculous plot follows the insane Dr Storm and his "heath farm". After travelling there for a holiday and meeting a young lady on her way to see her aunt (who works at the "health farm"), a British man named Jason finds that his holiday might not be going as planned, and once he finds out that the not-so-good doctor is conducting experiments into making zombies; Jason, the girl and some other bloke that turns up must make a bid for freedom!

When it comes to bad movie-making, this film has it all; a terrible script, duff cinematography, useless actors delivering stupid performances, daft music, a clichéd, rip-off ridden and implausible plot and the list goes on.... yet, somehow, it all moulds together into something very watchable. I think another reviewer summed it up best when he talked about the hilarious sequence that sees the utterly superfluous character, Abraham, introduced into the film. I actually had to rewind that part of the film about five times just to fully take in how amazingly stupid it is. The film is full of moments like that, and that's why this piece of trash appeals much more than the standard trash that was produced en mass in the seventies. Michael Gough helps to make this film a winner with his delightfully over the top camp performance as the 'evil' Dr Storm. You can always count on Gough to overact and make himself look silly, and that's exactly what he does here. On the whole, if you like your movies to be serious; you wont get an ounce of enjoyment out of Horror Hospital. But if you like them to be stupid and camp - prepare for a truly GREAT ride!


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