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In Shock Corridor, the great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller (The Naked Kiss, The Big Red One) masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and dementia. Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, madness closes in on him. Constance Towers (The Naked Kiss) costars as Johnny’s coolheaded stripper girlfriend. With its startling commentary on race in sixties America and daring photography by Stanley Cortez (The Night of the Hunter), Shock Corridor is now recognized for its far-reaching influence.
Maverick film director Samuel Fuller was doing some of his best work in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and in the years since its release in 1963, Shock Corridor has become a B-movie classic and a prime example of Fuller's gritty tabloid style. Never hesitant to explore the darkened corners of contemporary life, Fuller depicts the chambers of an insane asylum as a microcosm of American society, telling the story of a cynical, ambitious journalist (Peter Breck) whose obsessive quest for a Pulitzer Prize leads him into the depths of madness. To investigate a murder, the reporter goes undercover in a mental hospital, having convinced a psychiatrist that he needs treatment. Once inside the asylum, he pieces together clues to the murder, but his own mind begins to deteriorate until he's trapped in a downward spiral towards insanity. Fuller heightens the melodrama with his aggressive style of filmmaking (his next film, The Naked Kiss, proved even more effective), and his imaginative use of black-and-white cinematography (by noted cameraman Stanley Cortez) fills the movie with raw, emotional power. It's the kind of film one would expect from a rebellious director on the Hollywood fringe, and that's why Shock Corridor remains an enduring low-budget examination of the "rat race" and the consequences of pursuing success at any cost. The Criterion Collection DVD presents the film in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and a rarely seen color dream sequence has been fully restored. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The condition is like the title. I wanted the blu ray but screwed up and got the dvd. The case was cracked in the top and a huge piece of the case was protruding like a hangnail. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2011 by Michael Twardowski
Like many films from the same time period, Shock Treatment intends to showcase serious and dramatic social/political issues that plague mankind, but attempts to do so in a... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by S. Michael Wilson
A reporter seeking a Pulitzer Prize cons his way into being committed to an asylum to get the story on an unsolved murder case. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2002 by Mark Norvell
This is one of my favourite movies - it improves everytime I watch it - and while it is great to own it on DVD it's a shame the transfer is so poor. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2002
Alternately brilliant and infuriating, Samuel Fuller's Shock Corridor is without question a one-of-a-kind film. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2001 by LGwriter
Stark, powerful, riveting, are some descriptions you might hear from others reviewing this film. Ok here's the deal, not as good as Fuller's other works like Naked Kiss or... Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2001 by BRIAN W. BRODY
I remember the first time I saw this film. I'd heard a lot about it beforehand, but wasn't sure how it'd be portrayed on screen. Read morePublished on July 12 2000 by albemuth