Shock Corridor

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"… opens the door to sights you've never seen before!"
  • Approved
  • 1963
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 7.3  (12,928)

Based on a true story, Shock Corridor is a gripping psychological thriller from 1963 directed by Samuel Fuller. The film stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, a determined journalist who checks into a mental institution in order to solve a murder case. Barrett poses as a patient with a delusional disorder and uses fellow patients' innermost secrets to get closer to the truth about a killing at a nearby nuclear plant. He hopes to win a Pulitzer Prize by writing an expose on the facility, which he believes to be responsible for the murder.

Constance Towers plays Cathy, Barrett's stripper girlfriend who is concerned for his safety as he descends deeper into the madness of the facility. Gene Evans plays the sympathetic but stern Dr. Menkin, who is trying to help the patients while also attempting to keep Barrett safe.

As Barrett begins to question his own sanity and loses touch with reality, the line between the truth and the fabricated mundo becomes increasingly blurred. Along the way, he navigates through the dangerous minds of his fellow inmates, including a racist who spews vitriol about African Americans, a Korean War veteran who speaks only in biblical quotes, and a former nuclear scientist who believes he is living on Mars.

One of the standouts of the film is the striking and inventive visual language. For example, when one patient describes a dream, the set transforms into a surreal dreamscape before the audience's eyes. Another dramatic moment takes place during a thunderstorm, as the sound of raindrops hitting the window pane evolve into the constant hum of an electrical generator.

Although Shock Corridor was made in the 1960s, it remains relevant and poignant today. The film tackles issues such as racial inequality, nuclear power, mental health, and the responsibility of the media in the pursuit of the truth.

Furthermore, it questions whether it is worth sacrificing one's own sanity and beliefs for an unattainable goal, and whether the knowledge of the truth is enough to justify the loss of one's own mind or identity.

Shock Corridor is a powerful and thought-provoking film whose impact reverberates long after the credits have rolled.

Shock Corridor is a 1963 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3.

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    1 hr 41 min
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    7.3  (12,928)