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Hellhole (1985)

An unlucky woman's mother is murdered by a scarf-wielding killer named Silk, leaving the woman injured, traumatised and suffering from amnesia. She's committed to a mental institution, ... See full summary »

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Pierre De Moro

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Aaron Butler (as Vincent Mongol), Lance Dickson (additonal story and new dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Sharkey ... Silk
Judy Landers ... Susan
Marjoe Gortner ... Dr. Dane
Richard Cox ... Ron
Edy Williams ... Vera
Terry Moore ... Sidnee Hammond
Mary Woronov ... Dr. Fletcher
Robert Z'Dar ... Brad (as Robert Darcy)
Martin Beck ... Monroe
Marneen Fields ... Curry - Girl in dining room
Cliff Emmich ... Dr. Blume
Lynn Borden ... Susan's mother
Lamya Derval Lamya Derval ... Jacuzzi girl
Natalie Main Natalie Main ... Mud Girl
Marie Lamarre Marie Lamarre ... No. 1 Girl in Bedroom
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An unlucky woman's mother is murdered by a scarf-wielding killer named Silk, leaving the woman injured, traumatised and suffering from amnesia. She's committed to a mental institution, where Silk follows her, looking for the papers he was trying to get from her mother. And Silk's only the beginning of her problems, since the asylum is run by a mad doctor, performing experiments in chemical lobotomies! Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The part of Dr. Fletcher was originally to be played by Britt Ekland, but was ultimately given to Mary Woronov. See more »

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Worth seeing just for that cast.
10 September 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Objectively speaking, this B flick is a mess, with a sometimes incoherent screenplay by Aaron Butler. Judy Landers stars as Susan, a young woman who's forced to witness her mother being killed by gleeful thug "Silk" (a scenery chewing Ray Sharkey). While fleeing him, she has a bad fall, gets amnesia, and ends up confined to a mental institution for young women. And it just so happens that the mad doctor in charge, Fletcher (Mary Woronov), is up to no good, performing insidious lobotomy type experiments.

"Hellhole" is not without the charms common to such exercises in pure sleaze. This exploitation-melodrama-horror film comes complete with all of the girl ogling / female nudity that a trash lover could want. There's even a pointless mud bath sequence that one must assume was in there because the producers demanded it. There is some decent atmosphere, but there is practically no gore to speak of. Some viewers will have to prepare themselves for the fact that some story elements are introduced and then pretty much dropped: the "papers" that the bad guys controlling Silk want so badly come off as a MacGuffin.

Making it all worth watching is a B movie cast to die for. Woronov gives easily the best performance in this thing, camping it up in her turn as the female villain. Sharkey is blatantly comical and offbeat as the psycho goon. She may be very sexy, but the less said about Landers' acting, the better. Also turning up are Marjoe Gortner, Richard Cox, Edy Williams, Robert Z'Dar (in his first film), Cliff Emmich, Lynn Borden, Dyanne Thorne, and Carole White. Cox is the nominal hero, a nice guy orderly who sympathizes with Susans' plight. Z'dar is amusing as a sadistic guard. Thornes' cameo as an inmate who thinks she's an actress is a highlight.

Executive produced by A.I.P. legend Samuel Z. Arkoff, and co-produced by his son Lou.

Six out of 10.


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