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X-Ray (1981)

Hospital Massacre (original title)
R | | Horror, Thriller | April 1982 (USA)
While receiving a routine check-up, a woman finds herself stranded on the hospital's eighth floor, while someone dressed as a doctor is intent on her never leaving, even if it means killing any staff member who comes into contact with her.

Director:

Boaz Davidson

Writers:

Marc Behm (screenplay), Boaz Davidson (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbi Benton ... Susan Jeremy
Charles Lucia ... Harry (as Chip Lucia)
Jon Van Ness ... Jack
John Warner Williams John Warner Williams ... Dr. Saxon
Den Surles ... Dr. Beam
Gloria Jean Morrison ... Nurse Dora (as Gloria Morrison)
Karen Smith Karen Smith ... Nurse Kitty (as Karyn Smith)
Michael Frost Michael Frost ... Ned
Jimmy Stathis Jimmy Stathis ... Tom
Lanny Duncan Lanny Duncan ... Hal
Marian Beeler Marian Beeler ... Mrs. Edelman (as Miriam Beeler)
Elly Wold Elly Wold ... Mrs. Fedrow (as Ely Wold)
Jonathon Moore Jonathon Moore ... Mrs. Parry
Gay Austin Gay Austin ... Dr. Jacobs
Bill Errigo ... The Janitor
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Storyline

Divorcee Susan Jeremy goes to a local Los Angeles county hospital for a routine exam and finds herself stranded there while a maniac, dressed in a doctor's surgical mask and clothing, goes around killing all the staff are associated with her. Could it possibly be the psycho Harold, who killed a friend of Susan's on Valentine's Day 19 years earlier? Written by matt-282

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The movie that will scare the life out of you. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Be My Valentine, or Else... See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/Director Boaz Davidson makes a cameo as the suspicious doctor waiting to use the phone behind Barbi Benton. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the UK, the BBFC heavily cut this in 1981 in order to secure an 'X' certificate. When released in 1983 on VHS in the UK on the Rank Video label under the title 'X-Ray', the same cut release was used with a VHS PAL running time of 77 minutes (equivalent to 80mins theatrical). However, in the US it was released uncut on VHS by MGM/UA Home Video in 1983, under the title Hospital Massacre and runs 89 minutes. See more »

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My Bloody Valentine Meets Halloween II
24 March 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hospital Massacre (1982)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Incredibly strange, over-the-top and at times downright crazy slasher about a young woman who sees her best friend murdered after they laugh at a boy who left her a Valentine's Day card. Flash-forward nineteen years and the now woman (Barbi Benton) is at the hospital for a check up when a madman begins killing everyone trying to get to her. HOSPITAL MASSACRE, also known as X-RAY and several other titles, is a pretty poor movie that has so many unintentionally laughable moments that you really can't help but have fun with it. Director Boaz Davidson has said that he didn't know too much about the genre and had never made a slasher so he was pretty much just throwing everything in that he could. This includes all sorts of silly "jump" sequences, which are just downright silly at times and even worse is how everything gets drawn out to the point where you just get tired of watching it. There are simply way too many sequences where scenes keep on going and going when they should have been much shorter. A bit more editing probably would have made the film much more entertaining. There are some things here that are good and this includes the gore. The film contains a pretty large amount of blood especially for a film of this era when most were being cut up by the MPAA. Another memorable thing is the "performance" as the killer because it's just so crazy and over-the-top that you can't help but laugh at times. Still, the weirdness of the character certainly makes you remember him. Benton is decent in the role and manages to show off her Playmate breasts during a rather awkward examination sequence. The rest of the performances are certainly below par but they add to some of the laughs. HOSPITAL MASSACRE is mainly going to appeal to those who enjoy those bad slashers of the decade. You have to leave it to Cannon as they really did deliver a pretty wild little film.


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