While trying to understand a frightening reoccurring nightmare, a pledge is coaxed into breaking into her father's department store by her sorority sisters, where a deranged killer targets the girls and their boyfriends.
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
Rushed into production to capitalize on the slasher-boom of the early 80's. See more »
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 »
While receiving a routine check-up, a beautiful woman (Barbi Benton) is stalked by a maniac (Charles Lucia) out to avenge a childhood Valentine's Day humiliation.
I see another reviewer called this Kafkaesque, and I am glad I was not alone in thinking this seemed in many ways like "The Trial" or other such works. The lead character keeps getting passed from doctor to doctor with test after test, but no one ever bothers to tell her what is wrong (and the audience does not know either beyond some really bizarre x-rays).
Writer-director Boaz Davidson has an impressive list of credits under his belt, primarily as producer (he is most recently involved with the "Expendables" franchise). His writing and directing is a bit more spotty, and from the interview featured on the Scream Factory disc it seems his specialty was comedies. This shows in "X-Ray". While obviously a slasher film, it is more silly than the average one and for every suspenseful or tension-filled moment, there is a humorous bit not far behind.
I would not say this is one of the great slashers. Most people probably forgot it existed or never heard of it. But it is not the worst, and I am glad it has been brought back on DVD and Blu-Ray. A cheesy 1980s horror film beats the new stuff any day of the week.
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