Sunday, 15 February 2015

Hospital Massacre (1981)


Warning! Spoilers ahead.

‘Hospital Massacre’ was made at the time when the slasher craze was really booming. The majority of entries in the sub-genre’s first cycle of its 1980 - 1984 Golden Age period innovated by ‘Black Christmas’ (1974), ‘Halloween’ (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980) followed suit by not just emulating these titles’ conventions to make a quick buck but also milked the trend of their time of settings with special day themes. These did not necessarily have to be public holidays but any day of the calendar with some significance, which was worked into the often-masked mysterious antagonists’ motivations for mass murder due to a past traumatic event on these particular days.