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X-Ray (1981)

Hospital Massacre (original title)
R | | Horror, Thriller | April 1982 (USA)
While receiving a routine check-up, a woman finds herself stranded on the hospital's eighth floor, while someone dressed as a doctor is intent on her never leaving, even if it means killing any staff member who comes into contact with her.

Director:

Boaz Davidson

Writers:

Marc Behm (screenplay), Boaz Davidson (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbi Benton ... Susan Jeremy
Charles Lucia ... Harry (as Chip Lucia)
Jon Van Ness ... Jack
John Warner Williams John Warner Williams ... Dr. Saxon
Den Surles ... Dr. Beam
Gloria Jean Morrison ... Nurse Dora (as Gloria Morrison)
Karen Smith Karen Smith ... Nurse Kitty (as Karyn Smith)
Michael Frost ... Ned
Jimmy Stathis Jimmy Stathis ... Tom
Lanny Duncan Lanny Duncan ... Hal
Marian Beeler Marian Beeler ... Mrs. Edelman (as Miriam Beeler)
Elly Wold Elly Wold ... Mrs. Fedrow (as Ely Wold)
Jonathon Moore Jonathon Moore ... Mrs. Parry
Gay Austin Gay Austin ... Dr. Jacobs
Bill Errigo ... The Janitor
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Storyline

Divorcee Susan Jeremy goes to a local Los Angeles county hospital for a routine exam and finds herself stranded there while a maniac, dressed in a doctor's surgical mask and clothing, goes around killing all the staff are associated with her. Could it possibly be the psycho Harold, who killed a friend of Susan's on Valentine's Day 19 years earlier? Written by matt-282

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The movie that will scare the life out of you. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

Billy Jacoby (Jayne), who plays young Harry and Elizabeth Hoy, who plays young Susan, appeared together as murderous children in "Bloody Birthday" the same year they appeared together in "X-Ray". See more »

Quotes

Jack: Hey, wait, isn't this the hospital where they had all that trouble last year?
Susan Jeremy: What trouble?
Jack: Some patient ran amok or something.
Susan Jeremy: Oh, please!
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Alternate Versions

In the UK, the BBFC heavily cut this in 1981 in order to secure an 'X' certificate. When released in 1983 on VHS in the UK on the Rank Video label under the title 'X-Ray', the same cut release was used with a VHS PAL running time of 77 minutes (equivalent to 80mins theatrical). However, in the US it was released uncut on VHS by MGM/UA Home Video in 1983, under the title Hospital Massacre and runs 89 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees (2002) See more »

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Better than most say it is.
6 August 2001 | by jade1-1See all my reviews

This film is one of the most underrated slasher films of the early 80's. It has okay camera work, good acting, fluid direction, recycled plot, etc. Barbi Benton plays Susan Jeremy. She enters a city hospital to get the results of a recent physical. From the moment she enters the hospital, she is approached by weird doctors, old and strange patients, and is forced to undergo one of the most exploitive examinations in movie history (THE DOCTOR TAKES HER BLOOD PRESSURE AFTER PLACING HER HAIR JUST SO YOU HAVE A GOOD LOOK AT BARBI'S NIPPLES). Soon you learn that there is a crazed killer after Susan and he's out for revenge. Though exploitive in some areas, the film has its fair share of good, solid film making. The script is pretty weak and so is the ending but the direction makes up for it. The camera work is okay but just not as fluid as HALLOWEEN II's (which has a similar plot). All in all > 7/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Be My Valentine, or Else... See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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