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- el debbo
Intense but predictable movie. All the strife of the early sixties is dealt with, sometimes symbolically, in the shock corridor of this asylum. To me, it was all about man's inhumanity to man. The violent bigotry, sexism, and war, war, war with ensuing horrific post-traumatic stress that made these men nuts. And dangerous. I gave the movie 2 stars because Constance Towers' act at the strip club was awesome. I wouldn't want to view the film again, however.
- kevin sellers
Good night, sleep tight, don't let the nymphs bite.
A nutty, surprisingly intense film. Breck manages to fake insanity enough to be committed to a mental hospital to uncover a murder, but the predictable conclusion is that he gets more than he bargained for. The film's meat comes from Fuller's treatment of then-current issues in '60's America and Breck's increasingly mental instability. Corny, but effective. I give it a 3.5/5.
- Sue Clay
I really understood this movie!Very acting and Peter BreckiDid very well! I feel asleep at end, I didn't see the ending I am going to buy the movie on DVD if it is available Sue clay
Overall-2/5Lead Performers-2/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-4/5Screenplay-2/5Cinematography-3/5Importance-1/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-2/5
Shock Corridor (1963)
- Bruce Reber
I watched "Shock Corridor" on TCM Saturday night 6/26/10 as part of their lineup of films dealing with mental institutions and the mentally ill. Host Robert Osborne said in his intro that director Sam Fuller thought of "Shock Corridor" as a commentary on the state of America and where we at as a society in the early 60's. I totally agree, as it shows an investigative reporter trying to win a Pulitzer prize by faking insanity to get himself admitted to a mental hospital in order to solve a murder committed there. He is released and wins the prize, but because he was so driven to achieve success at any cost he ends up recommitted to the hospital, psychologically devastated by the horrors he was forced to endure. It also deals with racism in Trent, the African-American who enrolled in a white college and endured bigotry and harassment, and as a result now imagines himself a Ku Klux Klansman shouting the racist epithets that drove him into insanity. It deals with Cold War paranoia in Boden, the once prominent nuclear physicist who was responsible for building nuclear weapons, and the realization that his work has brought the world to the brink of annihilation has caused him to regress to childhood. "Shock Corridor" ends with this epilogue -"Whomever God Wishes To Destroy He First Makes Mad".