Shock Corridor
Shock Corridor (1963)

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.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1963
DVD Release Date: August 25, 1998
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As amoral as a room full of nymphs.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

And of course there are the nymphos!

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

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

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Douglas Pratt

Filmed in Fuller's cigar-in-your-face style, it is a sober but deeply satirical depiction of a modern asylum, in which the patients are clearly intended to remind one of various American political and social philosophies.

Chris Barsanti

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

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Rob Gonsalves

A towering pulp achievement.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Shock Corridor undercuts its own authority by ham-fisting its protests into a banal plot structure and a totally undisciplined tonal register.

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Greg S
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