Horror Hospital [VHS]
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Antony Balch directs this British horror comedy. Struggling pop star Jason Jones (Robin Askwith) attempts to escape the pressures of fame at a country retreat, run by the mysterious Dr. Christian Storm (Michael Gough) and his matronly wife Harris (Ellen Pollock). Once there he discovers the estate is populated by holidaymakers walking around in a daze with scars on their heads, leading Jason to suspect the doctor is conducting experiments in mind control using the unsuspecting hippies as his subjects.
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However I noticed a jarring little fault, only 30 seconds into the film before the main credits there appears to be a bad splice from a close up of Michael Gough, giving a flash of black screen and a very brief glimpse of credits,this disrupts the opening scene.
I've checked and this error wasn't on my old (dark sky films) DVD.
This review is for the French version from Artus, which is region 2, not to be confused with the region 1 release. Because it is region 2 it will play on any player in the U.K.
The original aspect ratio of this film was 1.85:1. The back cover is slightly confusing, as it reads 1.77 16/9 compatible 4/3, which is full screen. The film appears to be in 1.77:1. Which while it is in widescreen, is not the correct ratio. There is slight cut off to the sides noticeably at the beginning, on the titles. Given the age of this film (1973). Picture Quality is good, for the most part. Not pin sharp, but more than acceptable. Colours are natural.
If you have seen Psychomania, (see my review for that one). Which is another British horror film, from 1972 you will know what to expect. You either love or hate these type of films. If you like Pyschomania, you should enjoy this one.
You can also buy this either from amazon in France, or direct from Artus, which is the French dvd distributor.
Final word, this film has never been released on dvd, as far as I know in the U.K.
After purchasing this film on blu ray, released by OEG, (which was released in the UK on 10th August 2015), I found that version to be far superior to the french release by Artus.Read more ›
Well no... Firstly the films called Horror hospital which is enough of a clue to the audience something may be amiss, secondly the opening pre-credits scene showed us the spa's creepy owner Dr storm (played by the late great Michael gough) decapitating a blood soaked young couple trying to escape the hospital grounds in his custom car/murder weapon, so clearly something is up. Upon arrival the pair quickly discover that Dr storm has more plans for the young couple than a relaxing weekend away, namely turning them into the latest addition to his growing army of labotomised zombies!
Ok, first things first. THIS MOVIE IS CAMP, very camp, so camp infact it could start its own campsite singlehandedly. For some film fans this is clearly a good thing for others it aint, so be warned.Read more ›
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Did Michael Gough care what he appeared in, or know what he was doing there? Horror Hospital exploited a British genre audience in 1973 and tried to excuse the inane script with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gary
This is the kinda thing that I usually like but even I admit that this is pretty crappy. A mad scientist Christian Storm (Michael Gough who must have been desperate for the money)... Read morePublished 5 months ago by P.D.Nash
It's one of those creaky British horrors that always show up on the BBC in the early hours of the morning. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Spike Owen
The film is silly fun, and the Odeon blu ray is lovely. I just wanted to point out that the product description (and the blu ray case itself) advertises commentary by producer... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bootsy
Very good bluray transfer. All region as advertised. I was pleased with this purchasePublished 9 months ago by Greg McCarthy
With a filming budget of £22,000 I guess you can't expect a Hammer Horror lookalike. Some of the acting is diabolical and on admission of the producers and crew this film was not... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Geoffrey Noble