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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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Pray they don't succeed! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

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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Decent WIP Film
20 June 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hellhole (1985)

** (out of 4)

Susan (Judy Landers) witnesses her mom murdered due to her having some papers, which could lead her boss to prison. The young woman takes off running and the killer believes he has finished her off but she survives and in order to cover up the crime she is sent to a mental hospital. Once inside the hospital Susan realizes that the evil Dr. Fletcher (Mary Woronov) is doing bizarre experiments on the women.

Pierre De Moro made three films in his short career and this here was his final credit. Producer Samuel Z. Arkoff wanted to make a WIP movie and the end result is something that isn't nearly as raw as the Jess Franco films of the 1970s like BARBED WIRE DOLLS and ILSA: THE WICKED WARDEN but at the same time it's a tad bit sleazier than the majority of the American films from the genre.

As you'd expect, when one makes a WIP movies there's a checklist that the screenwriter goes down. This includes an innocent hot woman. There's also the nudity. There are the drugs. There are the lesbian scenes as well as the lovely shower scenes. There's also the butch-type warden/leader doing the bad experiments. There's also the sweet guy who tries to save the innocent woman. All of that stuff is included here and for the most part it's mildly entertaining as long as you're not expecting an Orson Welles type of film.

The performances are pretty much what you'd expect from a film like this, although I found Landers to be a bit too bland in the lead. Woronov is certainly the best thing about the picture but there's plenty of nice eye-candy as well. The biggest problem with HELLHOLE is the fact that it runs way too long at 95-minutes. The film certainly could have used some editing and the "plot" tries to do way too many things.


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