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Horror Hospital [VHS]

3.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Michael Gough, Robin Askwith, Vanessa Shaw, Ellen Pollock, Dennis Price
  • Directors: Antony Balch
  • Writers: Antony Balch, Alan Watson
  • Producers: Ray Corbett, Richard Gordon
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sovereign
  • VHS Release Date: 8 Mar. 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CNAI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,566 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2015
Format: DVD
A rather uncertain 4 stars, as though I enjoyed the film, it perhaps, isn't to everyone's taste, particularly fans of Hammer horrors, but I could be way wrong. This is a 1973 Horror with poor gore, lots of (tame) violence, but a pretty good plot and director Gordon Hessler moves things along at a fast pace. The story is nonsense...Askwith and Vanessa Brown visit the hospital in question for different reasons and fall foul of Cough and Ellen Pollock as the totally dotty owners of said hospital. For once Askwith is just about bearable, and Vanessa Brown is a surprisingly likeable and very sexy actress, who isn't a very good actress, but makes up for it in many other ways, including screaming....a lot. Cough is of course, the savior of the film and is his usual very watchable self. Dennis Price in one of last roles? is slimy and very Dennis Price (those teeth). The print from OEG (ODEON) is very good 16.9 (fills my whole screen) and the sound is good. Extras include shorts with Robin, and an audio commentary, plus a trailer and bits and pieces. No subs. There is a bit of nudity and sex and some swearing, but on the whole I really enjoyed this one, whilst acknowledging it may not be for some horror fans (not quite sure what I am saying here) It's a fun film for adults, and I am tying myself in knots. The End
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Generally speaking this blu ray is a decent upgrade from my old DVD, with a nice sharp colourful image.
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.
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Jason, a disillusioned member of a pop group, decides he's had enough, and books himself a holiday at a country resort. On the train he meets a young girl, Judy, who is also going there to see her aunt, who runs the place. Once they arrive all is not what it appears. Judy's aunt is married to a mad doctor, who is conducting experiments on humans. There are loads of cliche's in this film, but it is just entertainment, and not to be taken seriously.

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.

UPDATE:

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.
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Jason jones (played by 70's fave Robin askwith) is a bored rocker, fed up with the music scene in london and looking to get away from it all. In a magazine he comes across an advertisment for hairy holidays offering specially tailored holidays for the under 30's and heads over to the office to book himself a holiday. The company is run by the exceedingly camp Mr polloack (played by veteran of british horror dennis price, [...] I've put his imdb link beacuse he's been in a hell of a lot, including tower of evil, Hammers twins of evil and jean rollins vampyros lesbos to name but a few.) who seems to have a thing for Jason, so he quickly books the first thing that sounds right, a relaxing health spa in the english countryside. On the way there he meets Judy (vanessa shaw) and the two quickly hook up, things should go well for the young couple surely?!.
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.
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