71 user 69 critic

Visiting Hours (1982)

0:31 | Trailer
A deranged, misogynistic killer attacks a journalist. When he discovers that she survived the attack, he follows her to the hospital to finish her off.


(as Jean Claude Lord)


2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bad Dreams (1988)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The lone survivor of a suicide cult wakes from a thirteen-year coma in a psychiatric ward, where other patients suddenly start dying under mysterious and gruesome circumstances.

Director: Andrew Fleming
Stars: Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott, Richard Lynch
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

At the snobby Crawford Academy, Virginia's group of friends start to go missing years after horrible events that happened to her as a child around her birthday.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Five campers are stalked and killed in the mountains after traveling there to examine property they had purchased.

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon
The Mutilator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A teenager who accidentally committed matricide finds himself being hunted together with his girlfriend and mates by his now crazed father.

Directors: Buddy Cooper, John Douglass
Stars: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A masked killer begins murdering students on the school track team after a track runner dies upon completion of a 30 second 200-meter race.

Director: Herb Freed
Stars: Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie, E. Danny Murphy
Terror Train (1980)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner
Night School (1981)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Who's been decapitating the innocent girls at a local night school? The police are baffled.

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward, Drew Snyder
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

While trying to understand a frightening reoccurring nightmare, a pledge is coaxed into breaking into her father's department store by her sorority sisters, where a deranged killer targets the girls and their boyfriends.

Director: Larry Stewart
Stars: Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, Daphne Zuniga
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A reporter suspects a creepy neighbor, who lives in the high-rise building across from hers, is a serial killer terrorizing the Miami area.

Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Stars: Lauren Tewes, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John DiSanti
Nightmare (1981)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution.

Director: Romano Scavolini
Stars: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke
Tourist Trap (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by the owner of the place, who has the power to control his collection of mannequins.

Director: David Schmoeller
Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness
The Burning (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam
Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer


Cast overview, first billed only:
Vinnie Bradshaw
Helen Hughes ...
Louise Shepherd
Porter Halstrom
Kirsten Bishop ...
Denise (as Kirsten Bishopric)
Deborah Kirshenbaum ...
Connie Wexler (as Debra Kirschenbaum)
Elizabeth Leigh-Milne ...
Patricia Ellis
Maureen McRae ...
Elizabeth Hawker
Dustin Waln ...
Mr. Hawker
Neil Affleck ...
Police Officer
Damir Andrei ...


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 suspicous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


So frightening you'll never recover. See more »


Horror | Thriller


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Get Well Soon  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


CAD 5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,250,157 (USA) (4 June 1982)


$12,111,208 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


First English language film directed by French-Canadian director Jean-Claude Lord. See more »


(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 »


Lisa: [On the letters framed on Colt's wall] God, you blast them all: blacks, Jews, Mexicans...
See more »


Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there!
4 November 2002 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

There's nothing spectacular about this Canadian-made slasher flick, but it still provides a few jolts, a bit of the creeps and a few unintentional laughs. Grant plays a strong-willed TV host who's crusading for the rights of a woman accused of murdering her husband (following years of abuse from him.) Unfortunately, this ticks off loose cannon Ironside and he decides to shut Grant up...permanently. His first try doesn't quite do the trick, so he has to infiltrate her hospital to finish her off, hence the title. Purl plays a Florence Nightingale in waiting who's devotion to Grant makes her another target of Ironside. Shatner has a thankless role as Grant's producer/lover. Grant turns in her usual committed, thought-out performance, but it's for naught in a routine thriller like this. Ironside is convincingly slimy and treacherous. His almost wordless performance is effectively creepy. Purl is likable and solid in an impossibly idealized role (the lady works overtime at the hospital and volunteers at the free clinic while trying to raise two kids all with a smile on her face!) Shatner fans will be pleased to see him looking rather handsome and tan, but he doesn't get to do very much. The film has a very unsettling tone throughout, aided by an eerie score and claustrophobic settings. It also features many cliches of the genre (absence of logic in the characters, unrealistically deserted settings, sluts being punished for their sexuality, etc...) Still, it's creative enough and occasionally unpredictable enough to hold interest. Some of the acting in minor roles (notably the nurses) is weak, but Zann does a pretty decent job as a slutty date of Ironside's and the leads hold the film together (as much as they can with the somewhat contrived script.) Grant's conviction to her role and Ironside's steely determination go a long way to saving the movie.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Michael Ironside Miscast for role in this film Darbacour
Hairy Pits??? DeepHurting
remake. mazmolly
Seinfeld based a 2 parter on this! Gray_Dog
Question randymil
hospital filming location finleproc
Discuss Visiting Hours (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: