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Visiting Hours Blu-rayCombo Visiting Hours is a 1982 Canada horror thriller by Jean-Claude Lord.
With Michael Ironside, Lee Grant and Linda Purl. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong threat, violence with previous film cuts waived for:

  • 2017 Media Sales/Final Cut Entertainment RB Blu-ray/R2 Combo at UK Amazon released on 18th September 2017

UK Censorship History

Cut by the BBFC for 1982 cinema release. The same cut version was briefly banned as Video Nasty in 1984. Released again in the same cut form on VHS in 1986. The BBFC cuts were waived for 2017 18 rated DVD and Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Promotional Material

Deborah Ballin is a controversial middle-aged TV journalist, who is campaigning on air on behalf of a battered woman who murdered her abusive husband, claiming justifiable defence against the so-called victim. But her outspoken views championing women’s rights incense one of the studio’s cleaning staff, closet homicidal psycho (and misogynist) Colt Hawker whose deep seated despising all all things female occurred from seeing his Mother throwing boiling oil in the face of his abusive Father when he was a small child (and who’s M.O. is to photograph victims he stabs as they’re dying ). So much so that he decides there and then to shut her up…PERMANENTLY! Managing to beat her home, he soon dispatches her maid Francine, before turning his rage onto her as she come home (greeting her in only wearing her jewellery and make-up). Despite the brutal injuries he lashes out on her, she manages to survive and is rushed off to hospital. But undaunted he catches up to her in hospital and disguised as a florist… he enter the building to continue his mission to finish her off…along with anyone else who gets under his skin.


  • Interview with Actress Lind Purl (9 mins)
  • Interview with Director Jean Claude Lord (15mins)
  • Interview with Writer Brian Taggert (15 mins)
  • Interview with Producer Pierre David (17mins)

Additional Material:

  • Visiting Hours – the Interviews [Additional Material]
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US 2011 Shout! Factory Killer Double Feature R1 DVD via UK Amazon and at US Amazon recently released on 13th September 2011

Dreams Visiting Hours Region NTSCBad Dreams is a 1988 US horror by Andrew Fleming with Jennifer Rubin and Bruce Abbott. See IMDb

The US release is uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

The UK is still suffering a cut version. The BBFC cut the 18 rated 1989 video from Film and Video by 22s.

Cuts details from IMDb:

  • to remove closeup shots of self-mutilation with a knife and a scalpel
  • to reduce a scene where a man is repeatedly hit by a car.

Summary Review: Underrated Entertainment

Bad Dreams is very much a product of the t 80s and horror filmmaking style at that time. The film tell the story of the sole survivor of mass suicide at an interesting hippielike commune/cult led by a David Koresh type leader.

Yet Bad Dreams is a cut above most other for many reasons. The film is filled with surrealistic arresting images-in particular, the house where the mass suicide took place is an intriguing looking building, tragically beautiful. The acting is better than in most horror films. Jennifer Rubin is especially good.

In short, Bad Dreams is a must see.

Visiting Hours is a 1982 Canadian horror film by Jean-Claude Lord with Michael Ironside and Lee Grant. See IMDb

The US release is uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

Again the UK is still suffering a cut version. The cinema version and the 1986 CBS/Fox VHS were cut by about 1 minute.

BBFC cuts details from IMDb:

  • Cut to edit a scene where Colt traces his knife across Lisa before slashing her clothing
  • Also cuts to shots of Colt kicking Sheila as he photographs her.

Summary Review: Not your everyday slasher

A crazed, women-hating killer (Ironside) attacks journalist Deborah Ballin (Grant). When he discovers that his attack didn’t kill Deborah, he comes to the hospital to finish what he started.

The movie is really quite tense at times. The attack at Deborah’s home is frightening, especially the dumb waiter scene. And the climactic chase is amazingly pulled off. The acting is alright and the music is also to note, and adds a lot of atmosphere.

This is much different from what you’d probably expect, and is worth a look. Definitely not your everyday slasher.