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½ June 17, 2013
A little bit hammy, quite a bit predictable in its outcome, but you can't look away. Audiences watching in 1963 were probably freaked out by it. Creepy cinematography adds to its charm. Loved the scene with Trent, the black white supremacist.
May 20, 2013
A reporter seeking a Pulitzer prize goes undercover at a mental hospital to solve a murder. The attacks on his psyche begins to to take its toll and he finds himself falling into a mental breakdown.

This is a fantastic film, full of nightmarish imagery. Some films have beautiful and nice looking imagery, and this movie has the exact opposite. There are close ups with nice shadow, hallucinations, and all sorts of visual aids to show Johnny's descent into madness.

Constance Towers backs him up as his doting wife, but also has a few issues of her own. She has to pretend to be his sister and that he is in love with her, and is also a burlesque dancer who makes a few mistakes when it comes to his treatment at the facility.

Taking its time with the plot and slowly building up to its climax, Shock Corridor is a scary film even though its not a horror movie and it stretches its genre conventions for some excellent imagery and thrills.
½ April 13, 2013
Samuel Fuller is my god of holds barred movie-making, ladened with what Godard dubbed, "punch cinema" and what Fuller describes here: "Film is a battleground. Love, hate, violence, action, death...In one word... emotion."
April 6, 2013
It has its merits, yeah, but central plot and portrayal of mental conditions are painfully silly and ignorance-revealing.
April 1, 2013
This is one of Fuller's masterpieces (of which there are many). it was this point in the early sixties where Fuller's raw journalistic realism began to mix with a proto-psychedelic quality of which this film is a great example. The energy of the film is so powerful even after all of this time and he is able to make the film entertaining on a certain level but laden with so much metaphorical layers it requires multiple viewings over time. The photography by Stanley Cortez is pristine (though Fuller himself filmed the color dream sequences in 16mm). As usual Fuller was ahead of his time with this film, which stands as a testament to his unique artistic vision and approach. A true American cinematic masterpiece.
½ March 26, 2013
Fuller was a master at subverting audience expectation and no where is that more evident than in 'Shock Corridor'. What begins as a seemingly by-the-numbers detective thriller slowly evolves into something strange and surreal. An unhinged masterpiece.
March 9, 2013
A suspenseful tale of an ambitious journalist who infiltrates a mental hospital to scoop a story, only to lose his grip on sanity.
February 18, 2013
A classic B-movie plot, but with A-movie lighting, characters, and expertly placed color sequences. "Shock Corridor" was trying so hard to be a B-movie, it ended up being a pretty good A-movie.
½ February 17, 2013
A newspaper reporter creates a plan to get himself committed into a mental institution in order to solve a murder case and win a Pulitzer Prize, but once he gets in he has trouble keeping from going mad himself. It's an interesting old film, with some memorable moments, but it also feels somewhat dated with the way the mental patients act out by screaming or just acting goofy. All in all though, it is a well made feature.
January 6, 2013
I just revisited this. I'm reminded by how CRAZY this movie is. More than that, it features stunning cinematography and fantastic performances. Did I say that this movie is absolutely nuts? I love it.
½ September 27, 2012
It starts out like a typical 60's B-movie, but as the scenes unfold, you realize Fuller is up to something bigger than a murder mystery; while somewhat dated, a fascinating piece of cinema.
½ September 7, 2012
Another great movie from Samuel Fuller. Great theme of sanity and insanity not only play in the story and acting, but with each shot and lighting technique.
½ August 30, 2012
whoa.... i mean WHOA!
August 14, 2012
A brave piece of pulp cinema for its time. A cult classic!
August 3, 2012
I really wanted to enjoy this but felt that it was pretty weak. It happens. It seemed too predictable and campy in a way that turned me off.
July 1, 2012
Over-the-top directing and acting and absurd writing, but some nice ideas and cinematography.
½ June 21, 2012
It's a masterpiece in it's own way. It's very in-your-face and hard to watch at times due to the nature of this movie and the amazing acting performances that are realistic. The direction of Samuel Fuller brings this masterpiece together! It's totally a must-see!
Super Reviewer
June 14, 2012
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 ...
½ June 9, 2012
Despite its age, the film is still relevant today; this one remains chilling.
Super Reviewer
June 7, 2012
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.
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