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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

Deborah Ballin is a controversial middle-aged TV journalist, who is campaigning on air on behalf of a battered woman who murdered her abusive husband, claiming justifiable defense against the so-called victim. But her outspoken views championing women's rights incense one of the studio's cleaning staff, closet homicidal psycho (and misogynist) Colt Hawker whose deep seated despising all all things female occurred from seeing his Mother throwing boiling oil in the face of his abusive Father when he was a small child (and who's M.O. is to photograph victims he stabs as they're spasming to death). So much so that he decides there and then to shut her up...PERMANENTLY! Managing to beat her home, he soon dispatches her maid Francine, before turning his rage onto her as she come home (greeting her in only wearing her jewelry and make-up). Despite the brutal injuries he lashes out on her, she manages to survive and is rushed off to hospital. But undaunted he catches up to her in hospital and... Written by suspicous

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So frightening you'll never recover. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Well Soon See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,250,157, 31 May 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,258,670
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Star Billing: Lee Grant (1st), William Shatner (2nd), Michael Ironside (3rd), and Linda Purl (4th). See more »

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During Deborah's surgery (at around 50 mins), the boom mic gets close to her face as the sedation takes effect and she speaks drowsily. See more »

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Lisa: [On the letters framed on Colt's wall] God, you blast them all: blacks, Jews, Mexicans...
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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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Unjustifiably low rated
31 October 2011 | by mim-8See all my reviews

Visiting Hours is the film I saw, more than once in movie theater. Having opportunity to get it on DVD I didn't know what to expect. Very few films from my childhood "at the movies" stood the test of time, but the ones that made an impact then, are forever implanted in my film taste. Same thing happened with this film. It is untypical - typical horror film, that looks like traditional 80's slashers but different in all the key points. I never looked at any of Michael Ironside's roles without seeing the deranged psychopath he portrayed in this one.

It's qualities for me, are shortcomings for the majority of horror picture fans. It doesn't have new body spraying buckets of blood every two and a half seconds. It doesn't have freaks with masks and buzzin' chain saws, severed heads and body parts flying around. It has a story of deeply disturbed character, and his rampage through the world around him that he hates deeply and profoundly. Not just the women. He hates them all, and with passion. It has character actors, not bunch of nobodies that are only there to supply bodies for the count. They are not in their best dramatic roles, and the movie could have been better, but it's not half bad either, and it surely doesn't deserve such low rating.

This movie has something in it that's still there all these years. It aged well and you can't say that for many of them. It's different in it's usualness and that is the catch. Look for it, even if you don't like horrors. It won't give you nightmares, it will make an impression.


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