A Twentieth Century Fox/Canadian Film Development Corporation Film
Original Theatrical Release Date: May 28th, 1982
Lee Grant (Shampoo, Damien: Omen II) stars in this chilling 1982 Canadian slasher set mostly inside of a hospital. William Shatner (!) co-stars as her would-be savior, and most importantly of all, Michael Ironside as the best horror movie creep of the early 80's. With Lee as a laid-up in the hospital TV Show Host, the picture touches on some feminist themes, but it has the intelligence enough to never hit you over the head with them.
Already for a slasher of the time Visting Hours has carved out a nice blood line for itself with a good cast and smarts, but the film also delivers the scares. With it's great setting and diabolical killer, the film steps above many of the the rest and was certainly one of my most memorable movie going experiences. By the time you get to the final act with Ironside dressed in a bizarre get-up (see pic below) you'll be simultaneously saying What The F! and holding onto your seat. I know I did. Oh, and, dig the girl with the crimped hair (Lenore Zann from Happy Birthday To Me)
The sublime utter creepiness of Michael Ironside in Visiting Hours