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Visiting Hours (1982)

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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.

Director:

Jean-Claude Lord (as Jean Claude Lord)

Writer:

Brian Taggert (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ironside ... Colt Hawker
Lee Grant ... Deborah Ballin
Linda Purl ... Sheila Munroe
William Shatner ... Gary Baylor
Lenore Zann ... Lisa
Harvey Atkin ... Vinnie Bradshaw
Helen Hughes ... Louise Shepherd
Michael J. Reynolds ... Porter Halstrom
Kirsten Bishop ... Denise (as Kirsten Bishopric)
Deborah Kirshenbaum Deborah Kirshenbaum ... Connie Wexler (as Debra Kirschenbaum)
Elizabeth Leigh-Milne Elizabeth Leigh-Milne ... Patricia Ellis
Maureen McRae Maureen McRae ... Elizabeth Hawker
Dustin Waln Dustin Waln ... Mr. Hawker
Neil Affleck ... Police Officer
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Paramedic
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Storyline

TV journalist, Deborah Ballin's campaigning on behalf of a battered woman who murdered her abusive husband, one viewer - is Colt Hawker, a homicidal psychotic, who despises all women, and now none more-so then Ballin. Hawker goes to Ballin's residence, where he begins a sadistic 'lesson' - his goal; to not just to murderer her but to do it in the most terror-filled way possible. Written by suspicous

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There is no known cure...for MURDER. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

Around six months before this movie was released, another horror hospital picture with a crazed killer launched; this was Halloween II (1981). Both films featured a skull on their main movie posters, for Halloween II (1981), it was superimposed over a pumpkin, and for Visiting Hours (1982), it was formed as a pattern of switched on lights within the darkened shape of the hospital building. Moreover, the theme music for (Visiting Hours (1982) was modeled after John Carpenter's iconic Halloween (1978) music score which is also featured in Halloween II (1981). See more »

Goofs

Deborah closes the cage door, but in the very next shot, it can be seen open and closing itself. See more »

Quotes

Deborah Ballin: Don't leave me. He's here. I know it!
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Alternate Versions

The film was listed as one of the original DPP 74 UK video nasties. UK cinema and video versions were cut by the BBFC to edit a scene where Colt traces his knife across Lisa before slashing her clothing and shots of Colt kicking Sheila as he photographs her. The uncut version was shown on ITV in 1989 by mistake and the company was publicly rebuked by the Broadcasting Standards Council. See more »

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Underrated slasher.
30 September 2003 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"Visiting Hours" is a forgotten slasher film which stars Michael Ironside as a murderer stalking TV journalist Lee Grant.The film is pretty slow,but there is enough violence to satisfy fans of horror cinema.Ironside is pretty believable as a misogynistic serial killer,the rest of the cast is also impressive.The film is pretty scary and suspenseful,so fans of slasher movies won't be disappointed.It was made the same year as similar "Halloween 2".Overall,I enjoyed this one and you should too,especially if you like slasher movies.My rating:8 out of 10.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Visiting Hours See more »

Filming Locations:

Senneville, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,250,157, 31 May 1982

Gross USA:

$13,258,670

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,258,670
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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