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.

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Porter Halstrom
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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

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There is no known cure.....for MURDER. See more »

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28 May 1982 (USA)  »

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CAD 5,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$12,111,208 (USA)
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The theme music for this film is modeled after John Carpenter's iconic Halloween (1978) score. See more »

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(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 »

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Lisa: [On the letters framed on Colt's wall] God, you blast them all: blacks, Jews, Mexicans...
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Certainly No Hospital - ity!

I started watching this film with somewhat low expectations. I mean the video box cover looked like some typical slasher film from the 80's with its cover containing a skull embedded over a weird looking hospital. After five minutes my expectations rose, because this film is a rollercoaster ride for all one hour and forty-five minutes. It is not-stop action as we, the audience, watch both victim(Lee Grant) and murderer(Michael Ironside) cope with being prey and predator respectively. The film has some loose holes in plot and believability, but the action and pace of the film more than amply make up for its shortcomings. Lee Grant does a fine job as a somewhat older female lead, but it is Ironside's performance which is truly impressive. He is one dark, mean, cruel killer. Apparently as a child he saw his father disabled by his mother, and then grew up with this hatred of strong females(of which Grant is one as a media celebrity). His flashback sequences are abstract and never fully explained, but Ironside really conveys the hate, fear, and emotional void with a thorough performance. Most of his role is done with little speech. Linda Purl(lovely as ever) gives a nice performance too. Oh!...William Shatner has a role in this too. His part is pretty useless, as is his performance. Credit must also be given to director Jean-Luc Lord and his wonderful ability to pace and use hackneyed plot contrivances and horror cliches with an amazing freshness. A scary, disturbing film!


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