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Hellhole (1985)

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An unlucky woman's mother is murdered by a scarf-wielding killer named Silk, leaving the woman injured, traumatised and suffering from amnesia. She's committed to a mental institution, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Sharkey ...
Dr. Dane
Sidnee Hammond
Dr. Fletcher
Brad (as Robert Darcy)
Marneen Fields ...
Girl in dining room
Cliff Emmich ...
Dr. Blume
Susan's mother
Lamya Derval ...
Jacuzzi girl
Natalie Main ...
Mud Girl
Marie Lamarre ...
No. 1 Girl in Bedroom


An unlucky woman's mother is murdered by a scarf-wielding killer named Silk, leaving the woman injured, traumatised and suffering from amnesia. She's committed to a mental institution, where Silk follows her, looking for the papers he was trying to get from her mother. And Silk's only the beginning of her problems, since the asylum is run by a mad doctor, performing experiments in chemical lobotomies! Written by Brian J. Wright <>

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Welcome to hell
16 November 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Hellhole is one of the silliest films I've seen. It's camp, but bad camp at that. It waste's a good cast, but does have one asset, Edy Williams. She pops up here and there, one scene involving a naked cat fight in a shower block, amongst a lot of other women void of their clothes. Two other scenes with her are my favorites. One in a spa with Edy and her lesbian lover making out, then we have an intrusion. Bad guy, Ray Sharkey (a fine actor, who's not among us anymore) who whips off his clothes and gets in the spa with our two lovelies. The other scene involves Edy coming into Sharkey's room, on the grounds of this sanitarium. His walls are adorned with pictures of naked women. He starts taking photos of Edy in naked poses, before they end up on top of each other. It's actually a highly erotic scene. Basically the story concerns, Judy Landers, who at least doesn't come into a room, and start getting older guys, hot, where they either end up running out to cool themselves down, or their blood pressure goes sky high. Unfortunately our poor Judy, whose character is one of ill fortune is knocked out, after Sharkey murders her mother. He's after these certain documents. Landers mistaken for the killer ends up in this prison sanitarium, where Sharkey now resides, for reasons obvious. And if you're really lucky folks, you may even graduate to hellhole, the base stayings of this loony bin, where experiments are performed, some of it's results ending in death. The picked cast in this film is interesting. Richard Cox (the killer in Al Pacino's 'Cruising') is the good samaritan/prison inspector who tries to help Landers with her innocence. He highly suspects somethings off with the runnings of this prison. Mary Woronov plays the sadistic doctor who also likes to a naked lesbian lover on standby. She's the evil bitch who performs experiments on the prisoners, using them as lab rats. It's one of Woronov's better performances. Good solid stuff. Fine actor, Marjoe Gortner, who pops up in a movie here and there, plays her disapproving assistant who's not really aware of her real motives. Hellhole does have nudity a plus, something I like a lot about this movie. But the fact remains, this is an ultra bad movie. A ludicrous movie. Something's really off about it. The performances from the score of mains are good, especially Sharkey, with Gortner runner up. The late Sharkey, who incidentally died, three days after my twenty third birthday, another victim of descent in B grade, was an actor I'd really admired seeing him in The Idolmaker. With this flick, he should of just walked away. Tasteless crap. Evade this movie at all costs, before it costs you.

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