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 defense against the so-called victim.
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The quintessential feminist slasher film; the only one that truly strikes back at the misogynist tropes of the genre. It's doubly interesting that the villain should be given such a fascinating portrayal by Michael Ironside who's never been more interesting despite not having more than 20 lines of dialogue. The movie wants him to have one dimension, but Ironside's performance is too good for that. Thrilling.
Very average hospital slasher with a surprising feminist slant that just doesn't quite ring true. Lee Grant overacts badly and The Shat is wasted in a small supporting role but Michael Ironside is excellent.
There's enough about Visiting Hours for it to be an higher level than most slasher films. Its surprisingly feminist leanings make for a slightly unusual plot dynamic and having Michael Ironside's psychopath so visible right from the start, and even quite deeply characterised, makes it pleasingly disarming. It plods in places and it's about 20 minutes too long but Ironside's typical excellence will see you through.