Divorcee Susan Jeremy goes to a local Los Angeles county hospital for a routine exam and finds herself stranded there while a maniac, dressed in a doctor's surgical mask and clothing, goes around killing all the staff are associated with her. Could it possibly be the psycho Harold, who killed a friend of Susan's on Valentine's Day 19 years earlier? Written by
It's hard to take Hospital Massacre seriously. It just is. Yet, there's something so bizarre about it that it almost feels like one of those strange Italian horror films from the 70's or 80's where it seems like aliens from another planet have made the film and are trying to recreate the human experience as best they can.
The story involves Barbi Benton who goes in to pick up some routine test results, but someone from her past switches her results so that she'll have to stay for more test and they can get close to her...and kill off half the hospital.
Much like Halloween II, this hospital feels dimly lit - with hallways filled with dust and smoke - and a bit underpopulated (not as much as in Halloween II, though). All the doctors and nurses are shifty individuals who seem up to no good and look at Benton's switched test results with a mix of wonder and revulsion. Makes you wonder what the killer switched them with.
The kill scenes are nasty and plentiful, which will thrill the gorehounds among us, and there are enough surreal set pieces to tickle fans of absurd cinema. Just wait until the killer corners a nurse by running down a long hallway from behind a bed sheet or the scene where a terrified Benton runs into a room only to find the three patients in full body casts suspended from the air and shrieking. It's very strange.
Hospital Massacre is perfect for rainy day or late night movie watching, especially with friends.
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