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Horror Hospital (1973)

Two British companions who met on a train heading to the rural countryside stay with a bizarre host of characters in a secluded, curious mansion. Unknown to them, there is a sinister secret behind closed doors.

Director:

Antony Balch

Writers:

Antony Balch (screenplay), Alan Watson (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Michael Gough ... Dr. Christian Storm
Robin Askwith ... Jason Jones
Vanessa Shaw ... Judy Peters
Ellen Pollock Ellen Pollock ... Aunt Harris
Dennis Price ... Mr. Pollack
Skip Martin ... Frederick
Kurt Christian ... Abraham
Barbara Wendy Barbara Wendy ... Millie
Kenneth Benda ... Carter
Martin Grace ... Bike Boy
Colin Skeaping Colin Skeaping ... Bike Boy
George Herbert George Herbert ... Laboratory Assistant
James Boris IV James Boris IV ... 'Mystic' Rock Group (as James IV Boris)
Allan 'The River' Hudson Allan 'The River' Hudson ... 'Mystic' Rock Group (as Allan {The River} Hudson)
Simon Lust Simon Lust ... 'Mystic' Rock Group
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Jason, a member of a 1960's pop group, decides he needs a break at a country retreat. On the train he meets Judy, niece of Aunt Harris who owns the place with her husband Dr Storm and who are using the guests for surgical mind-control experiments. So while Jason and Judy are pretty quickly making out, they are just as quickly working out how to get away. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The principal shooting of this film was done in four weeks. See more »

Goofs

When Jason first meets Judy on the train, he sits diagonally opposite her, so logically one of them should be travelling backwards: however, when the camera switches between the two, the scenery outside the train moves backwards for both of them. See more »

Quotes

Jason Jones: [after leaving the shower with Judy and on hearing the dinner-gong] I am getting rather hungry.
Judy Peters: Come on Jason, lets have some of this house food.
Jason Jones: There's nothing healthier than... sex.
Judy Peters: Let's save it for after dinner.
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Alternate Versions

In a 1993 UK video release the flashback scene (after Jason has been gassed) presented some shots in red, green and orange tints. These tints are not present in the US DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Victorian Mystery
Music by Paul Lewis
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Garbled mess entertains royally.
12 January 2016 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

It's one of those creaky British horrors that always show up on the BBC in the early hours of the morning. The reason for this is that the only ones watching are the drunks staggering in from the pub, or the insomniacs interested in a thrill to pass the time away with. The former are the better off because this is a film where not being of sober mind can only aid the viewing.

It's bonkers in plotting, Robin Askwith (just prior to his shift into a sex comedy franchise) is a stressed out singer with a pop group. He decides to go for some R&R at a country retreat. He hooks up with Vanessa Shaw on the train journey in, and once they arrive at the retreat they find it's a bizarro world inhabited by mute bikers, lobotomised robots, a malignant dwarf and a mad doctor (Michael Gough) in a wheelchair!

That's pretty much it, not much makes sense, there's a little sexy nudity, a whole host of sequences where the zombies do nothing of interest, some scenes of the dwarf (Skip Martin) mixing potions and puddings, and some cool fake fights between Askwith and chums and the crash helmet bikers. It plods along gleefully to the finale's big reveal and chase/escape sequence, to round it off as car crash cinema. Splendidly bad and joyful in subtexts. 5/10


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Computer Killers See more »

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Budget:

GBP50,000 (estimated)
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Noteworthy Films See more »
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| (uncut) | (Dark Sky DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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