105 minutes – Drama, Horror, Triller
Release date: May 21, 1982
U.S. release date: May 31, 1982
Shot in Montreal, Visiting Hours centres on Deborah Ballin, a controversial middle-aged TV journalist (Lee Grant), who is campaigning on air on behalf of a battered woman who murdered her abusive husband, claiming justifiable defense against the so-called victim. Her outspoken views championing women’s rights gets under the skin of one of the studio’s cleaning staff, a closet homicidal psycho and misogynist named Colt Hawker who despises all things female. He has been this way since childhood when he witnessed his mother throwing boiling oil in the face of his abusive father. His M.O. is to photograph his victims as they’re dying from stab wounds he has inflicted on them. Hawker decides Deborah Ballin must be silenced. He rushes to her home, quickly kills the maid then turns his rage onto the journalist as she arrives home. Despite her brutal injuries she manages to survive and is rushed to hospital. Undaunted, Colt Hawker now has her where it will be easy to kill her.