Saturday, March 19, 2011

Michael Gough Made Heads Roll!

In memory of Michael Gough, who passed away Thursday,
I decided to do a review of Horror Hospital (1973)

Certainly not his finest film, but it's one of my favorites.
(It also fits with the medical theme of my current contest.)

In my opinion, hospitals are the perfect settings for horror films.
They're scary even without a madman slashing through them.

Though Horror Hospital was actually shot at Knebworth House,
located in Hertfordshire, England.

In the film it's known as Brittlehurst Manor

(It's also Wayne Manor in Batman (1989),
in which Michael Gough played Alfred.)
Brittlehurst is advertised as a hip health retreat.
Jason (Robin Askwith) decides to go check it out,
 meeting up with Judy (Vanessa Shaw) on the way.
Upon arrival they discover the place is run by demented Dr. Storm (Michael Gough),
whose sidekick is an equally demented dwarf named Frederick (Skip Martin).

Instead of explaining the rest,
I'll let this song/video do the work for me....
(Warning: Contains spoilers and nakedness!)
As you can see, this film has something for everyone.
Horror, comedy, even romance. It's a horromcom!

"Just because it's a love story doesn't mean it can't have a decapitation or two."
- Robert Englund


  1. It was one of those movies that just screamed buy me for holly!! Lol Plus nothing can be wrong with horror and hospital in its title!

  2. So true! And I'm forever grateful to you for giving me such a glorious gift! lol.

  3. I reviewed Horror Hospital a while back after picking it up as part of a British Horror DVD set. A tremendously fun movie with Gough chewing the the scenery the whole way.

  4. I checked out your review. Loved it!
    I own this on VHS actually. I've been meaning to transfer it to DVD.