Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours
Hospital-themed horror films are quite rare, which makes the double billing on Blu-ray of "Bad Dreams/Visiting Hours" all the more appealing. Shout Factory re-releases these 2011 DVD’s in new high definition formats with an array of bonus material. Time to go to the hospital!
1988’s "Bad Dreams" copies "A Nightmare on Elm Street’s" theme of a deceased, deranged, and burned madman who invades the dreams of a group of therapy patients at a local hospital. It seems the madman was the former head of a cult that burned to death its members years before and is back to seek revenge on the only survivor, Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin).
The parallels to "A Nightmare on Elm Street" go even further, in that Jennifer Rubin appeared in the third sequel of that franchise. She’s interviewed in a brand new retrospective, where she reveals she doesn’t think her acting is good in the film and that "Bad Dreams" was going to be a new movie franchise. Other actors appear in the featurette and the DVD’s special features are carried over to the Blu-ray too.
"Visiting Hours" from 1982 is a much more sadistic affair than "Bad Dreams". A reporter (Lee Grant) gets attacked in her home by a madman (Michael Ironside), survives, and is taken to County General Hospital to recover. She quickly learns that the killer has followed her to the hospital to finish his deed.
William Shatner appears in about 4 scenes, playing Lee Grant’s boss, but the film is more memorable because of Ironside’s menacing performance. Among the new features included are interviews with the director and writer of "Visiting Hours".
"Bad Dreams/Visiting Hours"