Shock Corridor


(out of 5)

Samuel Fuller was one of the pioneers of independent film in the fifties and sixties, some of his films great examples of gritty, real drama. This one, made later on in his career, centres on a prize-seeking journalist who decides to go undercover as an inmate in a mental institution and write a story on what he observes. Mental hospitals being what they are, the madness around him eventually gets inside and he finds himself losing his mind the longer he stays. This is certainly a problem for his very loving fiancee (an excellent ) who keeps pleading with his editor to help get him out. It never convinces you that it’s an important chapter in cinema history, but it does have its interesting moments.

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USA, 1963

Directed by Samuel Fuller

Screenplay by Samuel Fuller

Cinematography by

Produced by Samuel Fuller

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

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