Hellhole (1985)

R | 95 mins | Drama | 15 March 1985

Director:

Pierre De Moro

Writer:

Vincent Mongol

Cinematographer:

Steve Posey

Editor:

Steve Butler

Production Designer:

Chris Henry

Production Company:

Hellhole
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HISTORY

Actress Terry Moore's character name is spelled "Sydnee Hammond" in opening credits and "Sidnee Hammond" in end credits.
       According to the 24 Jul 1984 HR, principal photography began 2 Jul 1984 in Los Angeles, CA. During production, the film was referred to as Hell Hole.
       The 6 Feb 1985 Var announced the New York premiere for 15 Mar 1985, and the 27 Feb 1985 Var reported that the film would open in ninety-eight theaters before its national release.
       After the picture was completed, director Tom De Simone shot additional scenes, which were added to the film, according to the 24 Sep 1986 Var. However, De Simone is not listed in onscreen ... More Less

Actress Terry Moore's character name is spelled "Sydnee Hammond" in opening credits and "Sidnee Hammond" in end credits.
       According to the 24 Jul 1984 HR, principal photography began 2 Jul 1984 in Los Angeles, CA. During production, the film was referred to as Hell Hole.
       The 6 Feb 1985 Var announced the New York premiere for 15 Mar 1985, and the 27 Feb 1985 Var reported that the film would open in ninety-eight theaters before its national release.
       After the picture was completed, director Tom De Simone shot additional scenes, which were added to the film, according to the 24 Sep 1986 Var. However, De Simone is not listed in onscreen credits. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jul 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 May 1985
p. 3, 14.
Variety
6 Feb 1985.
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Variety
27 Feb 1985
p. 4, 28.
Variety
20 Mar 1985
p. 13.
Variety
24 Sep 1986.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Billy Fine/Louis S. Arkoff production
A Pierre De Moro film
A Hellhole production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Addl story and new dial
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Key grip
Best boy
Best boy
Dolly grip
Still photog
Arriflex Camera Systems provided by
Arriflex Camera Systems provided by
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Ed consultant
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Set dec
Asst propmaster
Prop asst
Const
Const
COSTUMES
Ward asst
Ward asst
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus supv
Supv mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Asst sd mixer
Boom op
Boom op
Dial ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup asst
Spec makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Exec creative consultant
Tech consultant
Scr supv
First aid
Craft service
Unit coord
Prod coord
Exec prod assoc to Louis S. Arkoff
Exec asst to Billy Fine
Exec coord
Prod accountant
Business affairs
Asst to the prod mgr
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Extra casting
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Post prod services
Transportation coord
Driver
Driver
Driver
Loc equip
Honeywagons by
Motor homes by
Caterers for Chow Biz
Caterers for Chow Biz
Caterers
Projectionist
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Hell Hole
Release Date:
15 March 1985
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 March 1985
Los Angeles opening: 24 May 1985
Production Date:
began 2 July 1984 in Los Angeles
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses/Prints
Arriflex Camera Systems provided by Cine-Pro
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Susan Walker and her mother hide incriminating bank statements from Dr. Monroe, her mother’s employer. While Susan showers, a henchman named “Silk” breaks in to steal the papers, and holds Susan’s mother at knifepoint. They struggle, before he chokes the woman to death. Susan sees the murder take place, then flees as Silk pursues. At a construction site, Susan falls to the ground from the second story of a house as she backs away from Silk. Assuming she is dead, he leaves her. However, Susan later awakens from a coma in the “Ashland Sanitarium for Women,” and Silk is ordered to finish the job of killing her and recovering the papers. At the sanitarium, Susan suffers from amnesia. One night, Silk sneaks in and threatens Susan, but she is rescued by Ron, the sanitarium coordinator. When Susan asks Ron what the “hellhole” is that she’s heard mentioned, he warns her never to speak of it. Silk asks an inmate named Vera to find information on Ron. However, Vera tells him she fears the sanitarium’s sadistic Dr. Fletcher, who tortures her patients, and places the unruly ones in a hidden basement, known as the “hellhole.” There she experiments on them with drugs until they either go insane or die. Sometime later, Ron explores the grounds, searching for the hellhole. When he stumbles upon it, he witnesses Dr. Fletcher and her assistant, Miles, injecting drugs into an inmate. Miles proclaims it to be the first “chemical lobotomy.” When Dr. Fletcher insists they inject the patient again, Miles refuses, warning it could kill the girl. ... +


Susan Walker and her mother hide incriminating bank statements from Dr. Monroe, her mother’s employer. While Susan showers, a henchman named “Silk” breaks in to steal the papers, and holds Susan’s mother at knifepoint. They struggle, before he chokes the woman to death. Susan sees the murder take place, then flees as Silk pursues. At a construction site, Susan falls to the ground from the second story of a house as she backs away from Silk. Assuming she is dead, he leaves her. However, Susan later awakens from a coma in the “Ashland Sanitarium for Women,” and Silk is ordered to finish the job of killing her and recovering the papers. At the sanitarium, Susan suffers from amnesia. One night, Silk sneaks in and threatens Susan, but she is rescued by Ron, the sanitarium coordinator. When Susan asks Ron what the “hellhole” is that she’s heard mentioned, he warns her never to speak of it. Silk asks an inmate named Vera to find information on Ron. However, Vera tells him she fears the sanitarium’s sadistic Dr. Fletcher, who tortures her patients, and places the unruly ones in a hidden basement, known as the “hellhole.” There she experiments on them with drugs until they either go insane or die. Sometime later, Ron explores the grounds, searching for the hellhole. When he stumbles upon it, he witnesses Dr. Fletcher and her assistant, Miles, injecting drugs into an inmate. Miles proclaims it to be the first “chemical lobotomy.” When Dr. Fletcher insists they inject the patient again, Miles refuses, warning it could kill the girl. After he leaves, Dr. Fletcher injects the girl, and she dies as Ron watches from the shadows. After, Miles chastises Dr. Fletcher for experimenting on the women as a form of sexual gratification. Meanwhile, Ron reports his findings to inspector Sydnee Hammond, from the Board of Medical Examiners, and asks her to make a surprise visit to catch Dr. Fletcher in the act. She and Ron discuss how they previously worked together and discredited another sanitarium that was performing illegal chemical lobotomies on their patients. Ron also asks Sydnee to look into Susan’s file. One night, as Susan wanders around the sanitarium she discovers the hellhole, and the corpse of an inmate. Silk grabs Susan, straps her to a table, and demands Dr. Monroe’s bank statements. However, Susan’s amnesia persists. Dr. Fletcher arrives, and agrees to help Silk extract Susan’s memories with her drugs. Miles enters and reports that the medical examiners have arrived for a surprise inspection, and that Ron was the one who notified them. Elsewhere, orderlies attack Ron and lock him up so he cannot lead the examiners to the hellhole. Sydnee tries in vain to find evidence of wrongdoing, but without Ron’s help, she turns up nothing. Later, Ron escapes and meets Sydnee, appealing for her to return for another inspection. Claiming her job is in jeopardy from the surprise visit, Sydnee refuses, but reveals that Susan’s mother is reportedly out of town and cannot be reached to remove her daughter from the sanitarium. Ron decides to act alone to protect Susan and the other inmates, and disguises Susan in a nurse’s uniform so she can escape. However, Susan is recognized by Dr. Fletcher, and taken to the hellhole for punishment. Silk arrives and chokes Dr. Fletcher, which evokes Susan’s memory of her mother’s death, and prompts her to attack Silk. Dr. Monroe’s henchman holds Silk at gunpoint, demanding Susan be released to him. Dr. Fletcher escapes with Susan, as Silk kills the henchman. Dr. Fletcher then burns the sanitarium files, as Miles protests, claiming they were making legitimate medical breakthroughs, despite Dr. Fletcher’s excessive drug injections. Miles frees the inmates held captive in the hellhole, and Dr. Fletcher leaves Susan to die in the fire. Ron arrives and rescues Susan, directing her to meet him outside, while he tries to salvage Dr. Fletcher’s evidence. Elsewhere, the deranged inmates murder Miles, and exact their revenge on Dr. Fletcher by injecting her with her own drugs. Ron encounters Silk, and as they fight, an inmate kills Silk, saving Ron’s life. As the hellhole burns, Ron and Susan reunite outside. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
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