X-Ray aka Hospital Massacre

Made at the height of the slasher film craze, X-Ray is the legendary Cannon Films’ contribution to the genre.  Directed by one of their regulars (Boaz Davidson) the films tells the story of a young woman going to hospital to collect her test results for insurance purposes.

Susan (Playboy model Barbi Benton) had a pretty traumatic childhood.  Her friend was murdered and hung on a hatstand after they had ridiculed a valentines card she had received.  Years later, her results are tampered with at the hospital and due to this she is kept in for observation.  Her original doctor is murdered and another one takes over the case and performs perhaps the seediest examination put to film on poor old Susan.  The bodies then start dropping and the killer is determined to finish Susan off.

The film has a few red herrings, but it won’t take you long to work out the murderer’s identity.  Throw in some mad old lady patients wandering around, another comedy drunk (hooray!!), some of the weirdest maddest slasher music ever and you have almost 90 minutes of barmy logic defying fun.

For an ex-Playboy model Benton does well as the heroine of the piece.  She screams when she has to and obviously disrobes when the script needs it.  The blu-ray has a couple of nice interviews with the director and the cameraman, as well as a commentary from Calum Waddell and Justin Kerswell.

It’s dated (hair, smoking in hospital beds) but overall, silly bloody fun.

  • Starring Barbi Benton  Charles Lucia  John Warner Williams
  • Director Boaz Davidson
  • Distributor 88 Films