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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.

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Peter Breck
as Johnny Barrett
James Best
as Stuart
as Trent
Larry Tucker
as Pagliacci
Philip Ahn
as Dr. Fong
John Matthews
as Dr. Cristo
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 (19) | Top Critics (1)

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

October 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Blunt, heavy-handed, and chilling as hell. Even worse, not much has changed since its release 50-plus years ago.

July 12, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

A hard-hitting and confrontational crime drama.

August 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Psycho is a movie about madness; Shock Corridor IS madness.

April 12, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

And of course there are the nymphos!

February 26, 2011 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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

February 1, 2011 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

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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familiar stranger

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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