Nice little thriller that boasts strong characters.
Visiting Hours is an effective little thriller that stars Lee Grant and Linda Purl as a pair of real womens-libbers who are relentlessly stalked and terrorized by a vicious, woman-hating killer, played by Michael Ironside.
Television journalist Deborah Ballin (Grant) has a rather damning stance on domestic violence and wife-beaters, and is very public about it, which enrages disturbed loner Colt Hawker (Ironside), who viciously attacks her in her home and leaves her for dead. Deborah survives and is taken to a local hospital, but with her high-profile, her attack and survival are widely publicized. Enraged, Hawker infiltrates the hospital in pursuit of his victim. Fortunately for Deborah, this hospital is about as organized as a food fight, and they keep shuffling her from room to room. When Hawker cannot find the woman, her dedicated and protective young nurse, Sheila Munroe (Purl) becomes the object of his rage. Stalking Sheila and her young children, Hawker devises a plan to kill both the feisty nurse and her well-protected patient. Can anyone, including Ballin's concerned boss (William Shatner), a streetwise young woman (Lenore Zann) who survived an attack by Hawker- or Sheila and Deborah themselves- stop Hawker's relentless killing spree?
Lee Grant is good as the wounded Deborah, who is severely out-of-her element in her damsel-in-distress situation, while Linda Purl steals the role of lead protagonist for most of the film. She plays the part of Deborah's devoted nurse with a strong sense of sympathy and caring, and one can't help but be terrified when she recieves an ominous phone call- alerting her to Hawker's presence in her house- with her young daughter, and her desperate (and failed) attempt to get a police officer to accompany her home, leading to her having to face a lethal madman on her own. Ironside is terrifying as Hawker, and Shatner only appears about once or twice each act.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the filmRead full review