Horror Hospital

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"The Operation is a Success ... When the Patient Dies"
  • R
  • 1975
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 5.3  (1,798)

Horror Hospital is a cult classic horror film from 1973 directed by Antony Balch and starring Michael Gough, Robin Askwith, and Vanessa Shaw. The movie centers around a group of young travelers who take a detour through the English countryside and stumble upon a mysterious, isolated medical facility called "Chiselbrook Hospital". The film opens with a young couple, Jason (Askwith) and Judy (Shaw), on a motorcycle ride through the English countryside. They run out of gas and seek help at a nearby mansion, which turns out to be a spooky old laboratory. They are welcomed by the sinister Dr. Storm (Gough), who promises to fix their motorcycle and offer them shelter for the night.

As Jason and Judy settle in, they come to realize that something is not quite right about the hospital. The other guests, including a wrestler, a soldier, and a pop singer, seem to be held against their will and undergoing strange medical experiments. Meanwhile, Dr. Storm and his assistant, Nurse Norton (Ellen Pollock), conduct bizarre brainwashing experiments and transplant surgeries under the guise of healing.

The movie takes on a surreal and darkly comic tone as the guests try to escape the hospital and uncover its macabre secrets. They are aided by a drunkard professor (Dennis Price), who sneaks around the hospital gathering clues and dodging the clutches of Dr. Storm and his minions.

Horror Hospital is a low-budget horror film with a quirky and campy style that has earned it a dedicated fanbase. It features offbeat characters, a funky soundtrack, and imaginative production design that evokes the psychedelic fashion of the era. Michael Gough, who had previously appeared in horror classics like Black Sabbath and The Horrors of the Black Museum, gives a memorable performance as the demented Dr. Storm. Robin Askwith, known for his roles in British sex comedies, plays the earnest hero with a touch of humor. Vanessa Shaw, a model and actress best known for her work on The Benny Hill Show, brings a sweet and innocent quality to her role as Judy.

Despite its low budget and dated special effects, Horror Hospital manages to deliver scares and laughs in equal measure. Its blend of horror, comedy, and social commentary (touching on themes of conformity and authority) has made it a cult classic among fans of British horror cinema.

Horror Hospital is a 1975 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3.

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    1 hr 30 min
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    5.3  (1,798)