Visiting Hours (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

Visiting Hours (1982)




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Movie Info

A crazed, women-hating killer (Michael Ironside) rapes and brutalizes journalist Deborah Ballin (Lee Grant). When he discovers that his attack didn't kill Deborah, he comes to the hospital to finish what he started.


Lee Grant
as Deborah Ballin
Michael Ironside
as Colt Hawker
Linda Purl
as Sheila Munroe
William Shatner
as Gary Baylor
Harvey Atkin
as Vinnie Bradshaw
Helen Hughes
as Louise Shepherd
Michael J. Reynolds
as Porter Halstrom
Debra Kirschenbaum
as Connie Wexler
Elizabeth Leigh Milne
as Patricia Ellis
Maureen McRae
as Elizabeth Hawker
Neil Affleck
as Officer
Damir Andrei
as Paramedic
Steve Bettcher
as Anesthetist
Lorena Gale
as Nurse 1
Victor Knight
as Hospital Administrator
Terrance P. Coady
as Security Officer
Sheena Larkin
as Officious Nurse
Dora Dainton
as Mrs. Corrigan
Sylvie Desbois
as Desk Nurse
Malcolm Nelthorpe
as Entrance Security Officer
Tali Fischer
as Bridget
Kathleen Fee
as Emergency Nurse
Danny Silverman
as Young Colt
Sarita Elman
as TV Director
Katherine Trowell
as Journalist 2
Yvan Ducharme
as Policeman #1
Dean Hagopian
as Journalist 1
Richard Comar
as Emergency Doctor #2
Danielle Schneider
as Donna Maloney
Len Watt
as Clement Pine
George E. Zeeman
as Emergency 2
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Critic Reviews for Visiting Hours

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

The fact that the film is not tacky in appearance, and is energetically acted, only makes it more depressing.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An especially clumsy, overwrought example of slash-and-hack melodrama.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

Jean-Claude Lord knows how to create tension in the stalk-and-fight scenes, but just cannot make it happen in the scenes where nobody's being hunted.

April 28, 2020 | Full Review…

While it may not do a lot for viewers looking for more of a gory, high-octane horror romp, Visiting Hours is truly an underrated slow-burn gem that deserves a watch, Ironside's performance alone making it a truly worthwhile experience.

January 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For the most part, this is a routine slasher flick, although director Jean Claude Lord does display some occasional innovation in his shot selections.

April 18, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Even if the film is a washout, it's still massively intriguing to see the filmmakers and actors grapple with it.

June 30, 2013 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Visiting Hours

Mediocre Slasher with clichéd genre elements, Visiting Hours is uninspired and is a film that we've seen many times before. The problem with the film is that it is a film that we've seen many times before, made in 1982, by this point, the Slasher genre was in high gear, and many films were released, some were good, others forgettable. Visiting Hours is a forgettable one. The cast do what they can with the material. Talented actor Michael Ironside is effective here, but the films falls apart due to a lacking script and it's a shame because he is an effective villain. Genre fans may be disappointed by this one, and if you want the better Hospital themed Slasher film, check out Hospital Massacre instead. This film should have been better, but it feels rushed because of the fact that every studio were trying to outdo Friday the 13th and make a quick buck, it just ends up being another film that suffers from a plot that adds nothing new to the formula. Add to that a low body count, lack of any real suspense, and you have a Slasher outing that doesn't deliver on its interesting premise. If you're going into this expecting a great horror film, you'll sadly be disappointed. You won't find anything really engaging here. This film is quite boring and never really entertaining. This is a mediocre affair that never takes off and just starts coming apart halfway through. Though it's a film that should have been good, everything just seems out of place to really make it a worthwhile experience for horror fans.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A surprisingly satisfying 80's slasher featuring big stars. The storyline was pretty average but the good acting made up for the flaws. There are many plot holes left unanswered, but I was really glad that it didn't feature stupid teenagers and doesn't drag the film on for no reasons, instead, straight to the chase. It's one of the few gems from the 80's that will keep you jumpy for the rest of the day.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


An average horror movie, predictable, and pretty boring for the majority of the film.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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