Reviews: Visiting Hours

A good visit

While watching Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide, I got curious when I saw the section on Visiting Hours, so I decided to check it out. I'm glad I did, as it was a surprisingly good movie. Considering many of the video nasties are simply gory or sexual exploitation films, I was surprised to see a movie this tame. Gore is limited to simple stabbings. The main characters are Deborah, a TV personality played by Lee Grant, whose opinion that a woman who killed her abusive husband was acting in self defense aren't taken too kindly by woman hater Colt, played by Michael Ironsides. He sets his sights on her, and when she survives, he spends much of the movie trying to get into her hospital room to finish the job. Along the way, he sets his sights on a nurse as well, played by Linda Purl. While for most of the movie it seems clear he just hates women (though mention is made that he's also racist), and that his hatred of women stems from his mother scarring his father's face with boiling water (due to domestic abuse, meaning Deborah's commnents also strike him as her defending his mother, while he took his father's side), he does kill 2 men in the film, one of which was confusing. He kills a security guard to get to Deborah, but he also kills a patient for no obvious reason besides he annoyed him slightly. All in all, it was an enjoyable movie, and I'd recommend it.