X-Ray (1982)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Slasher Film  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jeremy Wheeler

Hospital Massacre far too often gets lost in the early '80s horror-in-scrubs genre, made famous in video chains by gems such as Visiting Hours, but that doesn't make it any less of a bloody fun time. In fact, this flick has got everything a slasher-loving fiend could want, with the delectable scream queen in Playboy beauty Barbi Benton heating up the screen as a demented killer doctor takes great joy in delivering one hot death scene after another. With little use of actual gore, the movie rides high on the wave of splatter-style effects and shockingly aspires to being visually stylish at times (a rarity among its contemporaries). With a very effective gothic score from Arlon Ober, writer/director Boaz Davidson (who would later go on to produce a few Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme classics) does a good job at delivering the spooks while making sure to throw in a few sight gags along the way. In fact, its quirky sense of humor is what keeps the movie from being your normal, run-of-the-mill slash-and-dash horror outing. Sure, there's zero plot, but who's looking for profoundness in a flick like this? Full of in-your-face exploitive nudity and laughable dialogue amidst all the medical-accessory carnage, Hospital Massacre lives up to both its nature and its name gloriously.