Shock Corridor (1963)

Shock Corridor (1963)




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The late Sam Fuller's feral nightmare about a gung-ho reporter seeking his Pulitizer story inside a mental institution. Sordid, subversive and slyly sobering.
Classics , Drama
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Peter Breck
as Johnny Barrett
Gene Evans
as Boden
James Best
as Stuart
as Trent
Hari Rhodes
as Trent
Larry Tucker
as Pagliacci
Philip Ahn
as Dr. Fong
Neyle Morrow
as Psycho
John Matthews
as Dr. Cristo
John Craig
as Lloyd
Frank Gerstle
as Police Lieutenant
Paul Dubov
as Dr. Menkin
Rachel Romen
as Singing Nymphomaniac
Linda Randolph
as Dance Teacher
John Mathews
as Dr. Cristo
Chuck Hicks
as Tough Attendant
Johnny Barrett
as Peter Breck
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Critic Reviews for Shock Corridor

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

This 1963 film is harsh, grotesque, and violent-and, incidentally, brilliant in a very original way.

Full Review… | October 30, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

And of course there are the nymphos!

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Movie Metropolis

[an] electroshocker of a jeremiad which aims to jangle as many nerves as possible in the shortest time available - subtlety be damned.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011

Borrowing an idea from a little-seen Budd Boetticher thriller, Behind Locked Doors (1948), Shock Corridor runs with it, going into crazy, angry places and finishing up as one of Samuel Fuller's greatest masterpieces.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

It's psychodrama at its most lurid and confrontational...

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Parallax View

A towering pulp achievement.

Full Review… | September 16, 2010

Audience Reviews for Shock Corridor

While the movie is watchable enough for its content, Peter Breck's acting was ridiculously overdone. Besides, the fillers were yawn-inducing. Appealing as its title is, the movie itself isn't. Watching once shouldn't hurt, though. In fact, like many others, you may even come to cherish it.

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Super Reviewer

A gloryhound newspaperman goes undercover at a mental hospital ... and the rest is movie history in Samuel Fuller's 1963 epic of over-the-top, must see, apocalyptic, societal condemning, ravings of a madman. See a stripper portrayed as the most moral person in society, that alone reason to watch, even as Fuller exploits her every chance he gets ...

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Unique, existential psychological thriller that combines all things that polarize society into one scenary, time taboos to provoke and confront, seduce and repel. Fuller's aesthetics are vivid, surreal, a perfect hook to get into a bizarre game of identities.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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