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Visiting Hours

Visiting Hours

Director: Jean-Claude Lord, Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl

Cast: Jean-Claude Lord, Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl

A crazed, women-hating killer (Michael Ironside) rapes and brutalizes journalist Deborah Ballin (Lee Grant). When he discovers that his attack didn't kill Deborah, he comes to the hospital to finish what he started.


A crazed, women-hating killer (Michael Ironside) rapes and brutalizes journalist Deborah Ballin (Lee Grant). When he discovers that his attack didn't kill Deborah, he comes to the hospital to finish what he started.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
A staple of video box cover classics, Visiting Hours is also known as one of the leaders in the horror hospital subgenre that scattered cineplexes in the early '80s. Michael Ironside delivers a chilling performance as a deranged lunatic, tortured by memories of his abusive past and hell-bent on taking it out on journalist Lee Grant, an advocate against domestic violence. What's strange is that though the film is definitely a suspense tale, it also has some clear points to make about how violence is ingrained in society and the role that females play in it. As unusually deep as that might be for a genre film around this time, the movie still manages to deliver some powerful scares (especially Ironside's disturbing first reveal). In fact, he's really the reason to catch the flick, given that the film is still quite at the beginning of his career and only a few years after his explosive breakthrough in Scanners. Additionally, Grant does a fine job at turning the woman-in-peril role on its head, not only because of the obvious casting decision to buck the teenage bimbo craze, but because there's more to the flick than just your simple slasher story and she knows it. William Shatner is a welcome face whenever his character pops up, though he really isn't given much more than a bookend role for the film. Screenwriter Brian Taggert later dumbed down and scribed two lesser known and regarded Poltergeist and Omen sequels, never quite living up to the promise that he showed in this one.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]

Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; TV spots; Radio spot

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Ironside Colt Hawker
Lee Grant Deborah Ballin
Linda Purl Sheila Munroe
William Shatner Gary Baylor
Harvey Atkin Vinnie Bradshaw
Helen Hughes Louise Shepherd
Michael J. Reynolds Porter Halstrom
Debra Kirschenbaum Connie Wexler
Elizabeth Leigh Milne Patricia Ellis
Maureen McRae Elizabeth Hawker
Lenore Zann Lisa
Neil Affleck Officer
Damir Andrei Paramedic
Walker Boone Elevator Policeman
Richard Comar Emergency Doctor 2
Kathleen Fee Emergency Nurse
Lorena Gale Nurse 1
Victor Knight Hospital Administrator
Sheena Larkin Officious Nurse
Steve Michaels Plaintclothesman 1
Malcolm Nelthorpe Entrance Security Officer
Robbie Robertson Matthew
Danny Silverman Young Colt
Jerome Tiberghien Grant
Katherine Trowell Journalist 2
Dean Hagopian Journalist 1
Danielle Schneider Donna Maloney
Len Watt Clement Pine
George E. Zeeman Emergency 2
Dora Dainton Mrs. Corrigan

Technical Credits
Jean-Claude Lord Director,Editor
Don Berry Special Effects
Pierre David Producer
Stephan Dupuis Makeup Special Effects
Jonathan Goldsmith Score Composer
Joel Goldsmith Score Composer
Claude Heroux Producer
Inge Klaudi Makeup
Burton Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
Michel Proulx Art Director
Linda Singer Stunts
Victor Solnicki Producer
Brian Taggert Screenwriter
Lise Thouin Editor
René Verzier Cinematographer
Delphine White Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Zeller Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Visiting Hours
1. Taking Sides (Main Titles) [5:24]
2. What a Mess! [3:41]
3. Intruder [4:59]
4. The Hospital [5:41]
5. Flowers For the Patient [4:32]
6. Wrong Room [5:53]
7. Bad Day At Work [6:15]
8. Flirting With Danger [8:29]
9. Fear [4:44]
10. The Stalker [3:39]
11. Rage [4:05]
12. New Orderly [4:17]
13. Hide and Seek [7:24]
14. Desperate Moves [6:51]
15. Family Matters [7:47]
16. A Way Out [4:57]
17. Time to Listen [5:27]
18. On the Prowl [2:49]
19. A Change of Mind [5:48]
20. End Credits [2:05]


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