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Visiting Hours (1982)

A deranged, misogynistic killer assaults a journalist. When he discovers that she survived the attack, he follows her to the hospital to finish her off.

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Sheila Munroe
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Vinnie Bradshaw
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Louise Shepherd
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Porter Halstrom
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Denise (as Kirsten Bishopric)
Deborah Kirshenbaum ...
Connie Wexler (as Debra Kirschenbaum)
Elizabeth Leigh-Milne ...
Patricia Ellis
Maureen McRae ...
Elizabeth Hawker
Dustin Waln ...
Mr. Hawker
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Damir Andrei ...
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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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So frightening you'll never recover. See more »

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28 May 1982 (USA)  »

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Budget:

CAD 5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,250,157, 31 May 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,258,670
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Trivia

Lee Grant and William Shatner had previously appeared in an episode titled "Tarot" of the television series The Name of the Game (1968) first broadcast in 1970. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Deborah Ballin: Don't leave me. He's here. I know it!
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Cool 80's horror flick
9 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'll never forget the hyped advertising campaign when this above average horror flick was released in 1981. When I saw it, I really dug it! And seeing it recently again, I still dig it! This is a very good 1980's era horror flick with routine scare tacts, but done with good acting and a fast paced style. Afer, "Halloween", a rush of "slasher" films hit the market. "Visiting hours" is a worthy immitation with it's own feel. What I liked most, is the killing scenes, which are really freaky and have a no holds barred style to them. Also, Linda Pearl is an excellent actress that provides the film with a girl being stalked in pursuit of the killer. She is beautiful, and gives the film a real actress and not just another stupid blonde female screaming and running around. Lee Grant is also an established actress and gives a decent performance. William Shatner plays, well, William Shatner..the dude never will really play a "part" that goes beyond his typical facial and speach patterns. Michael Ironside is great as a sick twisted relentless killer...If you like 1980'sera horror films, you most likely will enjoy this film. It's mindless entertainment that does what it intends to do: scare you.


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