These two strandes meet in X-Ray/Hospital Massacre. It is a slasher film that has been written around the presence of Barbi Benton, a former Playboy model and Hugh Hefner girlfriend who briefly flirted with both a singing and an acting career around the late 1970s/early 80s. It is possible that the film also drew inspiration from Halloween II (1981), the sequel to the film that sparked the slasher fad, which set most of its action in a hospital.
The main problem with X-Ray/Hospital Massacre is that it is thinly plotted, giving evidence of most of it being made up on the set. Worse, Boaz Davidson is a director to whom subtlety is making every single point with a sledgehammer. Everywhere Barbi Benton goes somebody is leering at her with intent. We get scenes like where she gets in an elevator and Michael Frost seems to be bleeding before revealing that he is eating a hamburger and spilling ketchup all over her shoes. Or where Gay Austin goes up to the 9th floor, which seems perpetually covered in mist (it is supposed to be being fumigated but the mist fills the entire floor even at night, which would surely be a major health hazard especially for a hospital) and the score goes into overdrive with shrieking psycho movie strings for something as little as her opening a locker. The film has an entirely gratuitous scene where Barbi Benton is required to strip down and lie on a table for a medical exam which only turns out to be taking her blood pressure and administering an injection, something that in the normal course of things has no requirement of a patient stripping nude. For all that, the slasher sequences are mild and low on gore. The films one moment of pure schlock is when Barbi Benton has a Valentines gift delivered a large round cardboard box that is opened and revealed to contain the severed head of her boyfriend.
Director Boaz Davidson was a Golan-Globus associate back from the days in Israel. He directed a handful of Cannon films with The Last American Virgin (1982), Dutch Treat (1987) and Going Bananas (1987). He has been more active in recent years as a producer with Nu Image, which are responsible for making a great many action and genre films. He has directed a handful of other low-budget films that include the genre likes of American Cyborg: Steel Warrior (1992), the psycho-sexual thriller Blood Run (1994) and the post-holocaust action film LunarCop (1995). Screenwriter Marc Behm had an interestingly varied career that included the script for The Beatles film Help! (1965), Bert I. Gordons The Mad Bomber (1972), Golan-Globuss Lady Chatterlys Lover and the novel that was adapted as Eye of the Beholder (1999).
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