Horrorfest 2014 Presents: Visiting Hours (1982, Jean-Calude Lord)


The hospital setting is a pretty good one for Visiting Hours, which has a cool poster and a good trailer. Alas I was left mostly unimpressed by this early 1980s slasher, which bugs me since this should have been in my wheelhouse. The cast makes up for some of the weaker elements however-Lee Grant and Michael Ironside are both great in this movie-and it even has William Shatner randomly popping up later on.

The final act is really intense and quite brutal, yet most of this film is too slow and the scenes outside the hospital drag at times. I’m not sure if this movie is a feminist driven piece or if the director doesn’t like women considering the awful things Ironside’s serial killer puts the movie’s female characters through. I didn’t hate Visiting Hours, still I didn’t really like it either. This is sometimes the case with horror movies and cinema in general.

Horrorfest 2020 Presents: The Devil’s Rain (1975, Robert Fuest)


While scrolling through Tubi tonight I came across a movie that I have wanted to see for years ever since Roger Ebert gave it a really bad review. That movie is The Devil’s Rain, a piece of 1970s B-movie hilariously so bad it’s fun goodness that only the few will appreciate. Most wisely think it stinks, yet I am not one of those people. This is a film that could have only been made during the 1970s satanic film craze that swept through Hollywood after the success of The Exorcist and The Omen. Both are much better films than this one, however I liked The Devil’s Rain.

This movie has a pretty good cast, perhaps too good for a silly 1970s movie that William Shatner made to pay his bills after Star Trek ended. He’s actually really good in this even though he is not the hero of the movie. That would be Tom Skerritt, who heroically battles the forces of darkness led by the legendary Ernest Borgnine, who knows what kind of movie this is and chews scenery like no one else can. I laughed at some of his lines and thought others were actually neat.

Ida Lupino, Eddie Albert, and Keenan Wynn round out the rest of the cast and even John Travolta makes an appearance, although I’m not sure I spotted him so it was pretty brief. Can I really give a movie like The Devil’s Rain a favorable rating? Sure I can, as I have liked even worse movies than this one. Sometimes having a guilty pleasure is a good thing. As for what the movie’s title means, I have no idea but it sure is cool. Don’t get caught in the devil’s rain or you’ll catch your death! Or a cold. Maybe Guns ‘n’ Roses will make a song and a music video inspired by it later on. You never know.

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