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Hospital Massacre (1981)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  April 1982 (USA)
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While receiving a routine check-up, a beautiful woman is stalked by a maniac out to avenge a childhood Valentine's Day humiliation.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Susan Jeremy
Charles Lucia ...
Harry (as Chip Lucia)
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Jack
John Warner Williams ...
Dr. Saxon
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Dr. Beam
Gloria Jean Morrison ...
Nurse Dora (as Gloria Morrison)
Karen Smith ...
Nurse Kitty (as Karyn Smith)
Michael Frost ...
Ned
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Tom
Lanny Duncan ...
Hal
Marian Beeler ...
Mrs. Edelman (as Miriam Beeler)
Elly Wold ...
Mrs. Fedrow (as Ely Wold)
Jonathon Moore ...
Mrs. Parry
Gay Austin ...
Dr. Jacobs
Bill Errigo ...
The Janitor
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Divorcee Susan Jeremy goes to a local Los Angeles county hospital for a routine exam and through a series of circumstances finds herself stranded there while a maniac, dressed in a doctor's surgical mask and clothing, goes around killing all the staff are assoicated with her. Could it be posibly the psycho Harold whom killed a friend of Susan's on Valentine's Day 19 years earlier? If so, who is it since Susan has not seen Harold for all that time and there's no telling who he has grown up to look like. Written by Matt Patay

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The check-up that became a NIGHTMARE! See more »

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Be My Valentine, or Else...  »

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Boaz Davidson was a last minute replacement for the original director who got fired after he failed to provide some money that he promised to put into the production of the film. See more »

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Kafkaesque grindhouse absurdity
5 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Forgive the pretentious summary, but i thought this film was effective precisely for all the elements other reviewers seemed to criticise. It IS fairly well shot (the dark bits are hard work) and the editing's sharp. With a big bombastic orchestral score and lots of OTT moments, this is a cheesy film with plenty of daft false scares and the like, but it's quite nightmarish too. The clichéd parts are tensely handled. Maybe I'm desensitized to bad cinema at the moment, having consumed plenty of terrible 80s slashers recently, but I thought this was pretty good. Little touches like the horrible old women sharing Barbi Benton's hospital ward, cackling like the witches from Macbeth, added to the absurd bad-dream quality. The murder scenes are well handled, violent and rough but not that splattery.

This film has a similar feel to something like 'Don't Answer The Phone!' or 'The Centerfold Girls', serious in intent and not really 'camp' in any way. It's obviously 'bad cinema', but artfully done.


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