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August 1978 (USA) See more »
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A hospital nurse is possessed by an evil spirit, and proceeds to kill off the hospital's patients. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Geoffrey Land ... Peter Desmond

Jill Jacobson ... Sherri Martin
Marilyn Joi ... Tara Williams
Katherine Pass ... Beth Dillon (as Mary Kay Pass)
Prentiss Moulden ... Marcus Washington
Bill Roy ... Reanhauer
Erwin Fuller ... Charlie
J.C. Wells ... Stevens
Clay Foster ... Dr. Nelson (as Clayton Foster)
Caryl Briscoe ... Nurse Gordon
Jack Barnes ... Dr. Andrews
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John F. Goff ... Psychiatrist
Greg Tittinger ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Al Adamson 
Writing credits
Michael Bockman (written by) &
Greg Tittinger (written by)

Al Adamson (idea)

Produced by
Mark Sherwood .... producer
Cinematography by
Roger Michaels (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Bockman 
Greg Tittinger 
Makeup Department
Beth Rogers .... hair stylist
Tom Schwartz .... makeup artist
Production Management
Steven Jacobson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Roberts .... assistant director
Art Department
Joe ArrowSmith .... sets
Sound Department
Bob Dietz .... sound (as Robert Dietz)
Visual Effects by
Bob Le Bar .... special visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Hedy Dietz .... still photographer
Gary Graver .... key grip (as Robbie McLure)
Raman Rao .... gaffer (as Romy Roa)
Editorial Department
Jan Holling .... assistant editor
Other crew
Andrew Lamy .... production assistant
Bob Le Bar .... title designer


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Beyond the Living" - USA (TV title)
"Hospital of Terror" - USA (alternative title)
"Terror Hospital" - USA (video title)
"The Possession of Nurse Sherri" - USA (video title)
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USA:88 min | Belgium:83 min (video version)
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File under "Spookier and More Atmospheric Than It Should Be"..., 21 June 2005
Author: InjunNose from Alabama

I love just about everything the late Al Adamson directed in his long and varied career, but "The Possession of Nurse Sherri" stands head and shoulders above fun yet admittedly grade-Z schlockfests like "Horror of the Blood Monsters" and "Dracula Vs. Frankenstein". This film is actually scary! Am I saying that you're going to jump out of your seat when you watch "Nurse Sherri"? No, of course not. But this pastiche of elements from "The Exorcist", "Ruby", and "Carrie" is one of those nice, eerie little horror movies common to the '70s. You can't put your finger on what's so spooky about it, but the film drips with atmosphere. (And what an ending! Don't worry, I won't spoil it for you.) Adamson and producer Sam Sherman really nailed it with this one, and it doesn't matter whether "Nurse Sherri" was a calculated success or a happy accident. Jill Jacobson is likable but not outstanding as the hapless nurse who becomes possessed by the spirit of a recently deceased cult leader (Bill Roy, who shines in his brief role). Geoffrey Land is okay as her surly doctor boyfriend. There are some blaxploitative elements here (profit was the bottom line with these cheap drive-in flicks, after all) but they actually contribute to the plot rather than just being window dressing. "Nurse Sherri" was a Poverty Row production, and it shows at times (sets, special effects, etc.). Still, the film has heart, mostly decent acting and direction, and some genuine chills. Sam Sherman also saw fit to use Harry Lubin's theme music for the late '50s/early '60s television series "One Step Beyond" in this film, which certainly adds to the creepy atmosphere. The DVD contains two significantly different cuts of the movie (the early version features a lot of T&A that wound up on the cutting room floor to make way for more horrific stuff) as well as the theatrical trailer, the TV spot, and a great commentary by Sherman. Does anybody know whatever happened to Bill Roy, by the way? Next to John Carradine, he's the best actor I've ever seen in an Al Adamson film, and he plays the cult leader like he means it.

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