Welcome to 31 Days of ’80s Horror boys and ghouls! Each day in October I’ll be posting about a horror film from the 1980s, some of which you may have heard of, others may be a little more obscure. This is the month to celebrate all things spooky so I wanted to present some films from my favorite era of the horror genre. I hope you enjoy the column and discover some new ’80s horror flicks to watch, or rewatch, whatever the case may be. I know I’ll be checking out some of these ghastly tales myself since I’ve come across a few that even I’ve never heard of! So on with the horror! On with the terror! On with the ’80s!
Academy Award winner Lee Grant stars as outspoken TV journalist Deborah Ballin, whose crusade against domestic violence enrages a creepy loner (Michael Ironside). He brutally attacks the anchorwoman in her home, but Ballin survives and is hospitalized. Her assailant is enraged; he is haunted by a horrific childhood trauma. He enjoys inflicting torture and slow death. And now he has hidden inside the hospital to finish what he started. Can anybody – including her concerned boss (William Shatner), a frantic nurse (Linda Purl) or Deborah herself – stop this psycho’s killing spree before it reaches sick new extremes?
Visiting Hours is a great little gem of a horror movie that has often been overlooked or at least, remained undiscovered by many it seems. The film does its job in creating a suspenseful and interesting take on the slasher/thriller genres. It’s full of really solid performances, especially from Michael Ironside who gives one of his best and most captivating performances. The movie also has a really solid script from screenwriter Brian Taggert and features some really effective cinematography. Definitely check this one out if you haven’t already.
How to watch Visiting Hours
Visiting Hours is currently available on DVD from Shout Factory as a Killer Double Feature which also features the movie Bad Dreams. In 2014, Scream Factory will be releasing Visiting Hours and Bad Dreams together on Blu-ray, so keep an eye out for that too. (Buy Visiting Hours on DVD)
The movie is also currently available on Netflix streaming.
To see the other entries in the 31 Days of ’80s Horror column, click here!
by Ben McBride
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