Conclusion: Under the Scream Factory line, Shout! brings a pair of long forgotten and borderline bad horror thrillers from the heyday of the "slasher" era, except one is better than the other. With a subtle comedic undertone, Boaz Davidson offers an entertaining tale set inside a creepy hospital while David Paulsen borrows from the giallo playbook but fails to do anything special with it. Both movies arrive on Blu-ray with strong picture quality and decently good audio.
Excerpt: Here we are again with another pair of titles from a distributor that many people are calling “the Criterion Collection of horror movies”: Scream Factory. First there’s X-Ray , known by most people as Hospital Massacre , directed by Boaz Davidson, starring Playboy Playmate Barbi Benton and released in 1983. Next is Schizoid , written and directed by David Paulsen, starring genre veteran Klaus Kinski and released in 1980.
Summary: Shout! Factory has started to release some double features on Blu-ray, with at least tangential connections uniting the features. Scream Factory, an imprint of Shout!, is jumping into the fray now with a pairing of X-Ray and Schizoid , two 1980's horror outings that were originally released under the Cannon Films imprimatur.
Excerpt: Oooh, a double feature of obscure, early '80s slashers from Cannon Films, and it's not even my birthday! X-Ray " X-Ray " may be what's on the marquee here, but this movie's gone by somewhere in the neighborhood of eighteen hojillion other handles over the years, among them Ward 13 and Be My Valentine, Or Else...
Excerpt: When Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus purchased Cannon Films in the late '70s, the goal was a simple one: turn out quick, cheap product and turn a quick profit. Thus, the '80s saw a glut of cheesy but successful films with the Golan Globus stamp, including Breakin' 2: Electric Bugaloo , Making the Grade , American Ninja , and many other forgettable action or horror or comedy films.
Conclusion: This is a double feature containing films that compliment each other very nicely. Two hidden gem slasher films that both deal with whodunit adult storylines. Schizoid is a solid good entry into the golden age slasher oeuvre and X-Ray is a great example of the enjoyable schlock the genre is accused of being. Both make for a lot of fun when paired together. Scream Factory gives the films the best presentation they’ve ever experience with a couple fun interviews in tow.