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Horror Hospital (1973)

Jason, a member of a 1960's pop group, decides he needs a break at a country retreat. On the train he meets Judy, niece of Aunt Harris who owns the place with her husband Dr Storm and who ... See full summary »

Director:

Antony Balch

Writers:

Antony Balch (screenplay), Alan Watson (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Gough ... Dr. Christian Storm
Robin Askwith ... Jason Jones
Vanessa Shaw ... Judy Peters
Ellen Pollock Ellen Pollock ... Aunt Harris
Dennis Price ... Mr. Pollack
Skip Martin ... Frederick
Kurt Christian ... Abraham
Barbara Wendy Barbara Wendy ... Millie
Kenneth Benda ... Carter
Martin Grace ... Bike Boy
Colin Skeaping Colin Skeaping ... Bike Boy
George Herbert George Herbert ... Laboratory Assistant
James Boris IV James Boris IV ... 'Mystic' Rock Group (as James IV Boris)
Allan 'The River' Hudson Allan 'The River' Hudson ... 'Mystic' Rock Group (as Allan {The River} Hudson)
Simon Lust Simon Lust ... 'Mystic' Rock Group
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Storyline

Jason, a member of a 1960's pop group, decides he needs a break at a country retreat. On the train he meets Judy, niece of Aunt Harris who owns the place with her husband Dr Storm and who are using the guests for surgical mind-control experiments. So while Jason and Judy are pretty quickly making out, they are just as quickly working out how to get away. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The nightmare is about to begin! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Computer Killers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP50,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Noteworthy Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (Dark Sky DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The films Italian title "Diario proibito di un collegio femminile" translates to "Forbidden diary of a girls' boarding school". See more »

Goofs

When Jason first meets Judy on the train, he sits diagonally opposite her, so logically one of them should be travelling backwards: however, when the camera switches between the two, the scenery outside the train moves backwards for both of them. See more »

Alternate Versions

In a 1993 UK video release the flashback scene (after Jason has been gassed) presented some shots in red, green and orange tints. These tints are not present in the US DVD release. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Desperation
Music by Ivor Slaney
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They Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore!
23 November 2000 | by - ChumpySee all my reviews

This is another film I remember from childhood, from the days of regular TV (free, broadcast, and adjust the "rabbit ears" for reception), as a crappy but atmospheric British monster picture.

Now, not only on cable, but on a premium service, I came across it again - and in letterbox format no less. Well, the film is still basically very flawed, but it really shows how much better crafted films once were.

While it remains a simplistic lots of onscreen gore effort, this picture is so much more beautiful to look at than many produced today. The cinematography is consistently superior, and well supported by excellent lighting and generally well scored music. And even though the special effects don't match up to todays films they retain some value in that they have more visual "weight" than some of the CGI crap routinely inserted in modern movies.

Unfortunately the wacky plot and mediocre (well, sometimes bad) acting show through in the end. It may be that the director was trying for a lot of humor at points but it only worked for me towards the end of the film when one of those fleeing the burning building stops for a snack in the kitchen.

As for the beheading car mentioned in another review: that particular element is worthy of Austin Powers' "Dr. Evil." I can see the good doctor in this movie also calling out "All I'm asking for is for some frickin' sharks with lasers on their heads."

If you've seen this before on broadcast TV, it may be worth a second look on video or DVD for the cinematography and for the sexual elements which explain the plot a little more. In the TV version I saw as a kid, the sexual theme was not at all evident, and so, the plot seemed even more outlandish than it actually is.

Still, if you happen by this big-time cable it may catch your interest, but all the way along you'll wonder why any premium channel could have chosen this film from their catalog. There are quite simply so many more old British shockers which are better than Horror Hospital."

-SCG


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