Deborah Ballin is a controversial middle-aged TV journalist, who is campaigning on air on behalf of a battered woman who murdered her abusive husband, claiming justifiable defense against the so-called victim. But her outspoken views championing women's rights incense one of the studio's cleaning staff, closet homicidal psycho (and misogynist) Colt Hawker whose deep seated despising all all things female occurred from seeing his Mother throwing boiling oil in the face of his abusive Father when he was a small child (and who's M.O. is to photograph victims he stabs as they're spasming to death). So much so that he decides there and then to shut her up...PERMANENTLY! Managing to beat her home, he soon dispatches her maid Francine, before turning his rage onto her as she come home (greeting her in only wearing her jewelry and make-up). Despite the brutal injuries he lashes out on her, she manages to survive and is rushed off to hospital. But undaunted he catches up to her in hospital and... Written by
(at around 45 mins) Michael Ironside's character dashes through a bathroom door in the hospital, and the camera and 2-3 crew members are briefly reflected in the mirror above the sink, before he closes the door. See more »
A smart movie that also features a commentary on feminism and bigotry. It's dark and gritty, more along the lines of Maniac than Halloween. It's pretty sleazy, but it's still an entertaining roller coaster. I'd love to see reactions to this in the theater. I have never jumped so much in a slasher film. The scares are about as effective as they get. They are delivered with such ferocity.
Typically, slashers feature a teen cast, but this is another aspect where Visting Hours tries to break the mold. The lead is middle aged Deborah (Lee Grant). Somehow, it never works against it. I found this refreshing and interesting. Michael Ironside's portrayal of the killer is terrifying. Even William Shatner comes in as a thankless role.
The scares are of an amazing frequency and effectiveness. For this reason alone, I'd recommend the film! For fans of thrillers, slashers, or anything scary.
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