Movie Review: X-RAY / SCHIZOID Double Feature (Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack)

 

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 X-RAY aka Hospital Massacre

This movie will scare the life out of you! Susan Jeremy (Barbi BentonDeathstalker) goes to a local hospital for a “routine examination.” Once inside, she discovers that someone doesn’t want her to check out…unless it’s in a body bag. A psychotic killer keeps her trapped inside the hospital, having fixed her x-rays to make it look like she has a terminal illness. Meanwhile, he brutally murders everyone she comes in contact with!

This 1982 horror film features Barbi Benton who is probably best known for being the Playmate of the Year back in 1973 and one of Hugh Hefner’s favorite bunnies. I wasn’t familiar with her acting until I watched this movie for the first time and must say that she really brought it! Benton delivers a solid performance and not only is she the one who gets stalked and chased during the movie but her character is strong and brave most of the time. We’re so used to the stereotypical damsel in distress who screams, runs and then falls but Benton’s character Susan stands her ground and fights back and I really enjoyed this part of the movie and found myself cheering this strong female on all the way to the big exciting reveal at the end.

The majority of the movie takes place in this hospital as a gruesome and deadly game of cat and mouse is played. X-ray teases the viewer with a number of potential suspects while the killings go on and keeps you guessing for most of the movie but this teasing got a little cheesy at times but it wasn’t too bad. The movie does get bloody and has some pretty cool kill scenes and special effects that are pretty cool for this dated horror movie.  The movie does show its age because we see people smoking in a hospital and i don’t guess I’ve sever witnessed that in my day. There’s also lots of phones on the walls showing this is a few decades before the age of the cell phone came along.

The movie comes on a Blu-ray and DVD so you have your choice if you haven’t upgraded to high-def yet. The transfer to high-def is crisp and clear giving the movie this nice new release look to it.

Bottom line is, X-ray is a cool, retro horror treat from way back. I really got into this early 80s slasher movie that not only entertained me but I really found myself cheering for this strong female lead played by Benton! I imagine many old school horror fans are going to appreciate this movie as much as I did!

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features:

  • Interview with director Boaz Davidson

SCHIZOID

In this “lurid shocker” (Leonard Maltin), a newspaper advice columnist (Marianna HillBlood Beach) starts receiving threats from a mysterious person. At the same time, the female members of her psychiatrist’s (Klaus KinskiCrawlspace) therapy group are being murdered one by one…by a maniac wielding a large pair of scissors. Could these incidents be linked? Donna Wilkes (AngelJaws 2), Craig Wasson (Body Double), Flo Gerrish (Don’t Answer The Phone) and Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future) also star.

Schizoid wasn’t as good as X-ray but it is a good companion film for this horror double feature. It’s got some great actors in it that lots of people will recognize. The story is pretty cool and the movie is shot well but it did get a little slow at times. Klaus Kinski’s odd character comes across as this creepy perv to me but maybe that’s how he’s supposed to be portrayed. Really though, his character serves as a creepy distraction while other diabolical events are going on.

The movie does feature a little guess work until the killer is finally exposed and I was a little surprised at the reveal! Schizoid does have a few cool kills but I just feel like something was missing, maybe it needed more kills and the red stuff!  The movie also has that weird soap opera look and feel to it at times, that kills me and all you can do is blame the camera work.

Bottom line is, as a horror fan I always enjoy watching a movie for the first time and Schizoid is one of those movies even though it lacked in several horror departments. While it’s not my favorite film from this double feature from Scream Factory is was still a cool retro watch, especially seeing some of these actors like Christopher Lloyd who we all know from other movies and shows and they are all looking so young in this 1980 horror offering.

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features:

  • Interview with actress Donna Wilkes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Scream Factory keeps on cranking out upgraded versions of old horror classics. These two movies go together like peanut butter and jelly with X-ray easily being my favorite of the two. Getting these two movies together in high-def will introduce a whole new generation of horror fans to these obscure horror titles that deserved a high-def upgrade.  The X-Ray / Schizoid Double Feature (BluRay+DVD Combo Pack)  releases on August 20th and is definitely worth checking out!

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